Remote work: How to adapt and still be productive

My Post (9)Remember when your boss told you that you couldn’t work remote because they couldn’t support it? Yet, here we are.

When it comes to remote work, people tend to fall into one of three categories: You’re already experienced working in or running a remote team; you’ve worked from home on occasion but it’s not the norm; or you’re new to this whole work at home thing.

No matter which category you fall in, things feel particularly chaotic at the moment. As more coworkers, customers, and families are living and working at home, everyone is wondering the same thing: how can I possibly stay sane, productive and professional while homeschooling 3 kids, dealing with roommates, cooking and cleaning, or battling umpteen other distractions.

As the challenges of COVID-19 continue to evolve, this article will share nuggets of remote wisdom to help you remain productive (and mostly sane) in any remote work situation.

While the current state of affairs might not be the ‘normal’ work from home set up, together we can adapt, embrace new norms, and make it all work. No one knows how long this will last, so preparation is key.

Is remote work still a thing once all this is over?

Before we get started, let me say that Coronavirus or no virus – remote work is here and here to stay. It’s been slowly building in the background, with a small but mighty workforce that is finally getting the limelight it deserves (maybe for the wrong reasons, but hey). There’s no shortage of statistics to support this.

According to Buffer’s 2019 State of Remote Work, “Of our respondents, 99% said they would like to work remotely at least some of the time for the rest of their careers. This is a notable stat to have discovered; while remote work is sometimes portrayed as a trend, these results infer that it’s here to stay. Out of all the data we collected, no response was as powerful as this one.

What is remote work?

Remote work is a working style that allows professionals to work outside of a traditional office environment. It is based on the concept that work does not need to be done in a specific place to be executed successfully.

Professionals now have the flexibility to design their days so that their work and personal lives can be experienced to their fullest potential and coexist peacefully.

Who would’ve thought such a novel concept could exist?

There has been a cultural paradigm shift in what society deems to be an appropriate workplace – and remote work has capitalized off of that newfound freedom. – Read more 

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