Remote work has become increasingly common over the last few years. More and more companies are offering both 100% and hybrid work-from-home benefits. However, being in a digital setting is much different than working in person in an office. You are not around your co-workers as much, so the usual office norms are different. It can take some adjusting, but following our tips and tricks can make sure you are successful in your next remote position!
Learn How to Leverage Zoom
If you are starting a remote job, it is very likely that you will use Zoom for meetings. If you are not familiar with Zoom, it is a good idea to watch a few tutorials or read Zoom FAQs to help you get started. Zoom also offers video tutorials of how to use both basic and advanced features. Some of the most important features to know how to use are the chat function and screen sharing.
When using Zoom, it is also important to remain professional. So make sure that your background is business appropriate and there is nothing distracting behind you. You can also use a virtual background, which can provide privacy or a consistent look for all of your meetings. Set up lighting that gently illuminates your face and set up your computer so you can look directly into the camera or at the screen as much as possible.
Once in the Zoom meeting, make sure to keep your camera on and microphone muted if you are not talking. If you do talk during the meeting, unmute yourself and take a pause, since internet connection can sometimes lag and you want to avoid talking over people.
How to Network Virtually
Even if you’re working remotely and not meeting people in person in an office setting, it is possible to make meaningful connections virtually. You can expand your business network over lunch through letslunch.com. Meetup also hosts online events where attendees can gather based on shared interests. Many companies use Slack to communicate through direct messages or in channels too. You can even use giphy to let your virtual coworkers know how your week is going and connect with them in a fun, yet professional setting.
Now if you are the one hosting a work call, consider taking the first 5-10 minutes for an icebreaker. You can ask your coworkers to share a quote that they enjoy, an image of their pet, or maybe a favorite recipe. All of these tips can help you network virtually and feel connected to those you are working with.
Having the proper work environment can help you stay focused and productive throughout the day. A standing desk can help you increase your energy levels and even reduce stress. And a WiFi extender can help turn spotty coverage into a strong internet connection. Also make a habit out of taking time throughout your day to eat snacks, drink water, stretch, and walk. Increasing your blood flow will help you from hitting an afternoon slump.