I started my journey of working remotely about three years ago. It wasn’t really a hard transition for me since I already did lots of freelance work while still doing a full-time job. Being a 100 percent freelancer was definitely much easier than working in the morning and freelancing in the afternoon.
I believe there are so many benefits with working remotely and I recommend it to everyone, but of course, there are some big challenges too.
Working remotely is still considered a new phenomenon. Many employers still feel that working remotely and not having a face-to-face interaction with their colleagues may undermine team communication, despite the availability of several communication tools such as chat and text messaging.
This is the exactly one of my biggest problems — I wasn’t feeling connected to the rest of the team I was working with. More and more people are working with colleagues that they never see, so the communication can be the biggest challenge for remote teams.
A good communication is critical, especially among startup companies, so that every team member has a grasp on company’s priorities as well as the particular tasks they should perform and focus on.
Do you work from a home office or some other location away from colleagues? Or maybe your company doesn’t even have a real office? Well, just follow these simple tips shown in this awesome infographic and you will never feel like you are not connected with the rest of the team. For example, you can create a chat group on Skype or GoToMeeting where you can talk with your colleagues and exchange ideas. And that is completely free, so you don’t have to break your budget to stay connected.
There are also some easy ways to create a digital office. You can use Sqwiggle for that. Sqwiggle is an always-on online workplace for a remote team to work together throughout the day and feel more connected. Sounds very cool.
Do you work at home alone? How do you stay connected with the your team? Do you have some interesting tips you can share with rest of us?
Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below.