We’ve talked a lot about being a successful leader and manager, but how do you go about being a successful work from home employee?
Whether you’ve recently come from a traditional office job or you’ve been a home based worker for years, it’s always a good time to reevaluate what you’re bringing to the job.
Track your time
To be a successful worker, it can be helpful to track your time. Whether this is done at your boss’s request or to see where you’re putting your time, it can help you prioritize.
One of the best ways to be a solid employee is to know how to prioritize and not let things slip through the cracks. Tracking your time is also incredibly helpful if you’re paid by the hour, as your employer will appreciate the details.
Communicate, communicate, communicate!
The best employees are those who communicate! If you go off the grid, especially in a work from home position, it can spell trouble.
If your employer doesn’t know what you’re doing, they may start to lose trust and begin questioning your employment. Do your best to communicate with your employer on a consistent basis, and even do check-in calls as needed.
If you do client work for your employer, be sure that any communications are clearly noted there as well. Since you aren’t in a traditional office environment, staying in contact via email, phone, and text becomes even more crucial!
Make a schedule
Along with tracking your time, a schedule can help you stay on task. It can be best to make an outline of your work week schedule for the upcoming week. Start with the items that you do on a daily basis, then add in other items based on due dates.
From here, you can add the “special” projects and unique items as they come in. Working with a schedule or to do list also helps things to not get missed, as they simply go to the next day’s schedule if they aren’t completed.
Staying connected and being a successful work from home employee begins with communication. Once that trust has been built and nurtured, you can begin to build relationships with your employers and co-workers.
Since everyone likes to work with those they know, like and trust, establishing strong, trusting relationships with your team is very important. This will ensure that your value is communicated beyond the professional sphere.
Being a good employee involves personal accountability and responsibility, solid scheduling, and lots of communication! If you take time to do these things on a consistent basis, you will certainly find success as a home based employee.