By Frederik Haentjens

Working woes are had by most employees and employers at some point or another. Whether you are a remote worker, a corporate CEO, part-time, or full-time employee in any field, some issues are sure to be had. Learning how to manage these issues and how to problem-solve with the intent to produce positive outcomes is paramount to be successful as a business and supporting team. There will always be meeting frustrations, issues with work demands, teamwork struggles, and project management problems. How we choose to learn, grow, and evolve as employers and employees is of the utmost importance. Change is inevitable and being innovatively creative in your ability to adapt to change will define your company’s success and workforce happiness.

Remote work refers to any work done by an employee outside a traditional office space. However, remote work is not a new concept. Remote work has had major advances with the technology advancements over recent years, but remote work has been evolving since the first personal computer was introduced in 1975.

Presently, as a result of the pandemic, remote working has become a focal point of many business conversations. With that being said, learning how to adapt and evolve into remote working-businesses has been most helpful in maintaining successful outcomes.

When remote workers were asked about common remote working issues, the majority replied with frustrations relating to virtual meetings. Solving some of the biggest issues with virtual meetings will create a far less frustrating work environment for remote workers and lead to increasingly improved team success rates. The misuse of technology, mismanaged distractions, misinterpretations, and lack of participation are some of the more common meeting grievances… just to name a few.

To improve your teams’ virtual meeting quality and promote more productive results…

Try the following:

  • Whenever possible, use webcams to improve communications, reduce misinterpretations, and encourage productive team participation.
  • Establish reasonable remote working expectations and participation requirements that are clear and understood by everyone involved.
  • Offer tutorials on how to properly use the technologies available.
  • Manage distractions by not allowing multitasking.

This will create fewer misinterpretations and miscommunication in addition to improving virtual meeting success through attentive team participation. Be encouraging to your fellow team members…times are tough and everyone is trying to find their new norm. Respectful, positive communication will have worthwhile effects and a productive impact on your remote working team.

Tips to excel as a remote worker are unique to your individual situation, however, no matter what kind of employee or employer you are, always be sure to promote yourself and your work in a positive manner. Maintain professionalism, be compassionate, but without losing strong leadership skills and empowering your team. As you achieve milestones or create value in the  company, make sure to track those accomplishments… Sometimes people are just too busy with their  own job to realize others’ achievements and milestones.

Be an exceptional communicator, showcase your achievements and milestone successes, and share your accomplishments with the stakeholders. Check-in with your boss, openly invite constructive criticism and positive feedback, and always ensure satisfaction of your performance. Do not always rely on your employer or supervisor to initiate communications.

With the commonalities of all working woes, adaptability is an amazing skill to possess. Being able to evolve with the company will make you a more valuable worker, remote or otherwise. Remote working has proven to be quite beneficial and more common moving forward from the pandemic. Success as a remote worker predominantly relies on your productivity, organization, time management, innovative ideas, and special skills, education background, and experience.