As a remote work enthusiast, I love seeing all the helpful articles out there right now about how to best survive and thrive working from home. It’s sad that remote work was forced upon us so abruptly, though, as that’s not how I’d recommend companies introduce a remote-work culture.
Nevertheless, it remains totally possible to set you and your team up for success if you’ve recently been pushed into remote work. I recently gave a presentation to my company, Tonkean, about how we can all survive the “Coronapocolypse” from the comfort of our homes. I dug up my “Remote Work How-To” deck that I used for similar presentations I gave at my three previous companies—one of which has since been acquired. Those two founders went on to create a new company. It’s 100% remote.
This presentation includes lots of tactical tips that I think prove useful whether you’re an individual trying to remain comfortable and productive in your new work setting, or if you’re a team manager, trying to help a wide swath of people do the same. Going remote isn’t exactly rocket science.
If you’ve set yourself up for consistent productivity and mental wellbeing in an office setting before—if you possess a communication tech stack; if your short-term and long-term goals are aligned; and if your culture thrives on employee output, as opposed to input — then going remote should be a low lift. (Ultimately, if going remote leads to the downfall of your company, I’d bet that “going remote” wasn’t the root cause of your woes.) You just need a positive mindset, an appreciation of the fact that you might need to make some nuanced adjustments to your day-to-day processes, and a few other proven strategies for setting yourself up for success. And yes, this is true even during these troubled times.
Please note: I’m not writing the Remote Work Bible. I am just some random person on the internet who you probably don’t know and I’m just sharing what I’ve found successful. Happy to answer any questions or if you want to tell me the 40,382 ways that I’m wrong about remote work, have at it: email@example.com