Working Remotely Doesn’t Have to Be Lonely
Working from home has many advantages. It has given businesses the opportunity to remain operational throughout these tough times and its kept employees working.
It’s important to build and maintain relationships while working remotely and avoid isolation that can occur, especially for extroverted individuals who are experiencing a remote work environment for the first time.
In this article, we highlight some of the best ways to stay connected.
The key to running any successful business is through effective communication. Depending on where you are in the world, some forms of communication will work better than others (especially where there are time zone differences).
Speaking on the phone works if you’re in transit and can’t get in front of your computer but for the most part, using methods of communication that allow for screen sharing are more effective. Video conference software can satisfy this form of communication. The most commonly used video conference software include Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet.
The more video conference calls you can have in a week the better because it can prevent any miscommunication with your team, delays in productivity, and it also provides you with socialization. For ongoing communication throughout the day, chatroom software can be very useful. You can use chatroom software to streamline workflow, share files, manage projects, and reach both clients and team members easily.
An application called “Slack” is one of the most popular choices for this purpose but there are some alternatives that have been receiving some great reviews too such as Fleep, Flock and Chanty.
Communication Software For Your Phone
These days it seems there’s just no escaping your phone. Most people have their phones with them at all times throughout the day so they can be more available to their clients and/or coworkers.
There are some really great apps that can help you communicate better and keep your personal and business communications apart.
A lot of businesses use an app called Whatsapp because of its versatility. It offers texting, video chat, document, and image sharing, and can be accessed from almost anywhere in the world with no long-distance fees.
Creating a Work-Life Balance
Sometimes you can lose track of the day and with added household responsibilities on top, it can feel like mission impossible to find that balance between work and play. (We have a great resource library to help you find balance here.)
There are many ways you can incorporate socialization into your workday whether you’re grabbing breakfast with a friend, going for a walk with a neighbor, or having coffee with your co-worker, it’s important to make time to step outside your remote workplace bubble.
You can use your break time to check in with friends and family via social media channels like Facebook and you can also join an online community group which can be a great form of support while helping you form new relationships at the same time.
Other ways to connect