Working from home can be a rest option, but for many workers, especially more extroverted people or those in more contact-oriented jobs, it can be harder to stay focused. Good communication, including effective use of tools like Skype and Slack and careful mitigation of the loss of nonverbal communication elements we often depend on. It can also be helpful to have a dedicated telework room free of distractions from the TV, internet or other people. Overall, the most important thing is to make clear rules and stick to them, including carefully tracking your time, while also maintaining enough variety to prevent monotony.
- Not everyone benefits from working at home, as some need the mental interaction of co-workers to flesh out their ideas and stay socially connected.
- One hurdle distance workers encounter is getting used to collaborative tools that make work from home easier.
- Examples of tools that make management and work-sharing from home easier include, Google Docs, Skype and Slack.
“A sales rep, for example, might find working from home a little more challenging than a copywriter. The former may rely on a face-to-face meeting to close a deal, whereas the latter can write sales copy alone.”