In the history of humanity, there have always been accelerators or triggers of changes in human activities such as work. If we analyze, it is wars, disasters, and epidemics that play this role.
Right now, working remotely is a necessity, and correctly applying this work culture (new for most companies), presents many important challenges for team leaders, collaborators, and the company.
While not all companies can use remote work to meet their goals, a significant number can do so if they have the technology and processes to succeed.
Now that millions of people around the world are forced to work from home – whether their employers like it or not, the first to oppose ideas of this type – the reality of telework and its limitations, especially when they don’t take the forecasts of place, is hitting heavily users who daily pour out on social networks. There is also an abundance of funny accidents caught on camera that show the harsh reality of making video calls or virtual meetings from the home environment.
These are some challenges you face during Work from home:
1. Heavy distractions-
Well, distractions can range from the family around you to the ringing of your phone. I would define it as something that diverts your mind from your work and you cannot focus.
What worked for me was having a dedicated workspace that would limit distractions from the outside world. I know some may not be able to do this but blocking the outside world helps. It will take time for beginners to develop this skill.
When you love what you are doing, you just absorb yourself so much that distractions don’t stop you from doing what you do.
2. Internet issue-
It derives from the previous point and occurs especially when the employee’s resources are available. Internet service contracted in a home is far in speed and stability to that contracted by an office or corporation. Needless to say, how this affects and the chain of consequences in the short and medium-term.
3. Inadequate resources-
Working from home means, of course, having a competent enough computer, tablet, or smartphone on hand to maintain the required agility and efficiency. A common mistake when implementing a teleworking scheme is having the equipment that the employee already has at home, often without compensation. It often happens that these computers are often not properly updated or protected at the cyber-security level, thus representing a risk. It also often happens that the employer does not involve their IT department in these matters, with consequences that sometimes end in tears.
4. Time Management-
I think managing your time, whether at work or at home, is an art. It is difficult to master this skill, but if you do then you will be amazed at what you can achieve.
It’s easy to get involved in some household chores or get lazy and put off work. And all this impacts your work. As I said before, it was horrible with my time, but I had to learn soon because I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to work from home.
The trick I learned to have good time management was to have a to-do log or journal. That would tell me the job I had to finish each day. I even stayed until 2 in the morning to complete the work that corresponded to the day. I never felt saturated working late. In addition, I felt very good when I achieved my goals for that day.
The key point here is to be responsible. We work best when we are accountable to someone or to our established deadlines.
5. Maintaining Work-Life balance-
The biggest advantage of working from home is the balance between work and personal life. You have the opportunity to be with your family, spend big and small moments with them, and still be able to work. Well, if you were working in an office, you would be missing out!
This advantage can be challenging at times, work and family priorities may coincide over time and you will have to choose. And because you are in the family, the emotional part also counts. I had a hard time in these situations but then I organized my work routine around my family commitments. I always work more when the children fall asleep or before waking up because I am calmer and more productive.
Communication is vital. Teams that are located remotely need to be in seamless contact with each other so that any sort of disturbances may occur which can lead to slow the working process and ultimately decrease productivity. It is important to consider.
The management of work-oriented processes (such as the design of tasks and their interdependence, their communication, their coordination, and technology-task adjustments) and the management of socio-emotional factors such as leadership style, the construction of relationships, cohesion, trust, and empowerment of employees.
7. Focussed on your goal-
If you are committed to your job, what difference does the workplace make? Well, it does. When working in an office, commitment to work is driven by many factors, such as competitive performance, manager pressure, etc. But when you work from home, none of those factors are present and you may lose interest in completing jobs or delivering on time.
There are many ways to strive to feel more engaged when working from home, but the most important question should be: Are you in love with what you do? If you are, it means you are committed and will find a way to work religiously to meet deadlines, no matter how many distractions you have.
There are many tools on the market to automate and organize your routine and make remote control easy. Just choose one and start measuring yourself.
I had my difficulties managing work from home when I started but eventually, everything worked fine. If you are starting now, it will work for you too. So keep trying!
Having multiple ways to connect online in real-time will keep everyone on the same page and encourage collaboration between them. This implies that a team cooperation training relationship is established among all, with the highest level of interaction, communication, and traceability of tasks.
9. Security issue-
Security is often overlooked at remote work and leaves companies vulnerable to hackers and other types of cybercrime, so using security tools and recommended procedures for file access and sharing are critical to keeping work safely.
This is the main reason why people have doubts about working from home. Motivation is like an accelerator which boosts up the efficiency of any task you perform. If you are not motivated, anything you do will not work.
Working from home can be good for many things, but you may lack the motivation to start work. Conversely, in an office environment, colleagues, workspace, friends, corporate settings, or maybe just going to work can motivate you. But at home, you need a lot of self-motivation.
It is not impossible, but you need to train yourself to motivate yourself. You can master this skill little by little. I know quite a few people who work from home and are highly motivated. Perhaps the results of your work, a simple inspirational quote, or an idea for your project may be the trick.