Tips to help you become a better remote employee

19 May 2021

Tips on how to become a better remote employee.

The pandemic has made us much more aware of the fact that remote work is very much possible. Remote employees are now responsible for figuring out a healthy work-life balance, they need to meet the goals set out by their employers, and they have to find ways to impress their managers so they can advance their careers. While also finding a groove or system in which they are able to be productive from the comfort of their home.

Here are a few practical tips to help you become a better remote employee, which may benefit you and your employer:

1. Be as communicative as you can.

“One of the biggest obstacles when working with remote employees is being able to communicate effectively and get an update when you need it. When you work in the office, you can simply walk up to an employee and ask for an update.’

For remote employees, you can more easily get in your employer’s good books by being as communicative as you can so they know what is happening and how you’re doing with current projects and or tasks assigned to you.


2. Be responsible and don’t make your employer have to babysit you.

“Remote work can actually work great if the employee can be responsible and make it easy on the employer. If they can be responsible and dependable, then they will get more freedom. This way you can ensure a healty working relationship with your management and/or co workers.

You shouldn’t need someone to hold your hand even if you’re working remotely. Make sure you are able to run things on your own and not have your manager chasing you around to make sure you are working and meeting your goals.”


3. Try and be a bigger part of the team.

“Remote leaders love it when their employees take the initiative and show some spark on being a bigger part of the team.

One way to do this is by joining the conversation on messaging apps, share your ideas with the team, and take ownership of things so you can impress your managers and potentially move up within the company.


4. Be open to learn as much as you can from your managers and coworkers.

“Every manager wants an employee who is willing to listen, learn, and grow.”

It can be tougher to do this when working remotely, but there’s still a way for you to learn (even if you are separated from everyone). You can ask questions in messaging apps, ask people for advice in a private message, or even make it known on video calls that you’d be interested in learning more.

An employee who is interested in learning from others is an employee who has endless potential!


5. Structure Your Days!

 To work from home successfully, you’ll need to plan out and structure your days so the hours don’t get away from you. Create to-do lists, set goals, and come up with a daily schedule, complete with breaks and times when you’ll be able to focus on deep work.

 Depending on your specific job, you may even want to break your day up into chunks of time dedicated to different tasks (i.e., 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., respond to emails; 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., work on project #1). The more structure you can build into your remote working days, the less likely you’ll be sidetracked.


6. Be Flexible.

 On some days, your plans will fall through, and you might not be able to complete all your tasks or stick to your schedule. That’s understandable and completely fine. It’s good to be able to be flexible, adapt to circumstances, and keep trying to develop good habits that enable you to work from home successfully.

 Keeping your remote work goals top of mind will help you be a good remote employee while also supporting a balanced life.

Remote work may well be, in some industries, the future. We may also notice a rise in hybrid methods in which employees will be able to work partially from home and partially at the office.

In either case it is of essence that you as the worker understand what is expected from you, as well as what can accelerate your career whilst working remotely.