Work from anywhere – today one really can work from anywhere that makes sense for you given personal tech like laptop computers, mobile phones and collaboration tools like video chat or conferencing.
So to answer your work and tech questions on working from home/remotely or anywhere, we’re fielding your questions on a regular basis.
Or you can send us your RemoteDoc question for consideration from here, and we’ll feature selected questions to answer on this page.
Our top work anywhere and remote work best practices –
That said, involve your employees in big decisions that affect the future of your company, firm or organization, like you would for any in-office employees. Your employees will feel more engaged and have more of a stake in its future success. Be sure to include your remote employees in employee or internal communications that you send to all-staff and be transparent about work policies relating to remote work so everyone including prospective employees at your organization is aware of them.
Also be open about your preferred work style, such as for updates – when or how often you like to be updated about what’s going on. Especially if you’re in a management role, this can be helpful to your team members.
A special edition of our #workanywhere tweetchat, Weds. Aug. 3rd
We’ll have a special edition of our #workanywhere chat on twitter and we’ll post initial Q&A on working remotely or from anywhere. Joining us will be three special guests – we’re very excited, so join in and participate with us!
Q&A from August 3rd
Question from Patricia L. – Does remote work end up saving you time – how much?
A: One saves valuable time from commuting that can be put to work, planning or, for instance, personal health or family needs. At our chat on Wednesday, we talked about how depending on the commute one can save 40-45 minutes each way, each day. As with any working environment, reduce distractions so you can focus, like finding a quiet spot or room for calls, video chat or conferencing. If you’re working remotely, such as at a workspace, scope out a place or meeting room to have a conversation before getting set up so you can talk uninterrupted.
Question from Beth A. – Are remote jobs mostly technical like programming?
A: Not mostly, as there are non-technical as well as technical roles that employers are hiring for remote or work from anywhere positions. There are project management roles coordinating company sales or not-for-profit programs among different regions of a country or the world; online teaching and professional development educators from K-12 through post-graduate; even nurse and medical practitioners providing consultation by phone or video. Remote roles have evolved beyond mostly customer service and support to providing the actual services in a growing number of fields.
Jason R. asks – What tools are most useful to be aware of?
A: An external monitor for your usual workspace if you use a laptop can make working more comfortable and mobile apps like Basecamp or Wrike can help you manage team projects remotely. Also think about your work needs. Employers hiring for work at home, remote or anywhere jobs generally provide equipment and training or support, or tell you what’s needed for the role. Become familiar with any work tech needed before applying to be sure you’re OK with any job requirements.
Q&A from Sept. 7th
Question from David S. – My employer is considering a work from home policy; how can I encourage it to be more flexible?
A: If the policy is still in the works, consider sitting down with the person at your business or organization in charge of developing the policy, along with your supervisor, and offer your suggestions. You can point out the benefits of working from home or remotely, such as saving time or better work-life balance, and provide input on ways to keep teams on track with projects. You can do the above if the policy has been implemented, but point out some of the things that are working well and what you think could make the policy even better for your workplace.
Question from Dr. Jason V. – What about fields that are traditionally in a clinical or similar setting?..
A: This is a great question we received. The answer is that remote working is possible now in any field and some roles are full-time, others part-time. There are medical and pharmacy positions that are telework from home or remotely, serving patients, physicians or benefit managers who need medical advice or assistance. Making this possible are video chat and video conferencing, tools you can begin becoming familiar with if you haven’t, such as Skype or Facetime, or that you would be trained on.
Marissa L. asked – What do you suggest as far as couples who want to work at home together?
A: Understanding different schedules and work-related needs helps with communication at home or working remotely. It’s good to sit down and discuss what’s needed and one’s typical work schedule, which may mean different times of the day when you take breaks. You may decide to work out together at the end of the day, go for a walk or prepare a healthy meal together. There’s flexibility one may not find having to commute and from the time saved.
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