The era of remote working is here, and it is here to stay. In comparison to their in-office colleagues, remote workers are more productive, more engaged, and produce higher quality work. However, without the right kind of management, remote workers can struggle to get their work done—or worse, decide that they just don’t want to work at all! That’s why Wurkr was created: to make remote working more manageable and enjoyable for managers and workers alike. Here are the six unforgivable remote working mistakes everyone makes, as well as how Wurkr can help you prevent them!
1) No Clear Working Environment
Many people who work remotely are surprised to find out just how much their environment can impact their performance. A lack of privacy, too much noise, and limited access to a physical workspace are all factors that may negatively affect productivity. So if you’re trying to avoid these pitfalls, make sure you have your own dedicated space. Wurkr makes it easy for professionals in any field—from IT to design and anywhere in between—to enjoy a private virtual office space from anywhere in the world. The virtual offices allow you to maintain a professional environment while saving money on costly co-working spaces or private office rentals. To get started, all you need is an internet connection!
2) Poor Communication
Misunderstandings can arise due to a lack of face-to-face interaction between remote workers, and miscommunication (there’s that phrase again) is a major source of tension within teams. That’s why we built Wurkr—it allows you to view exactly what your teammates are working on at any time in real-time. You can easily request an up-to-the minute overview of your project’s progress from your colleagues in one central location, so there are no surprises or missed expectations. It’s like having a constant presence in your team members’ virtual cubicles... and as long as they do not turn off their computers, you don't have to travel anywhere!
3) Not Managing Their Time Well
Remote workers need to do a better job of managing their time. Staying on top of all your tasks while working remotely is not easy. You don’t have anyone to keep you accountable and there’s an endless number of distractions that can pull you away from your work. Stay focused by making sure you have clear goals for what needs to get done and set alarms throughout the day to remind yourself that it’s time to check in with your clients or customers, update status reports, or catch up on email. Make sure you also take some time out during each day for exercise or simply disconnecting from technology so that you can refresh your mind and get back into a good work rhythm.
4) Poor Work Life Balance
Some people view remote working as a 24/7 proposition. That's not just unhealthy, it's impossible. It doesn't matter how hard you push yourself—if you burn out, you'll be useless to your business. To work efficiently, it's vital that you do not prioritize work over play. Doing things with the people you love allows your mind to refresh and increases focus when it matters most: during work time.
5) Not Maintaining Focus
There are many studies that show how being in front of a computer screen for long periods of time can affect your focus, concentration and memory. When working from home, it’s important to take regular breaks from your screen to do things like stretching exercises, walking around or going for a run outside. Taking time away from your computer will not only help you stay productive and focused, but also healthy. A lot of people don’t realize that spending too much time on a computer can have detrimental effects on their health if they aren’t taking enough breaks or standing up regularly. Fear that your colleagues are not looking after themselves? Wurkr's wellness messages nudges our users to check in on themselves, go for a quick walk or make that cup of tea they promised themselves 2 hours ago. A happy and healthy team is a productive team.
6) Not Taking Breaks Often Enough
In a digital environment, an on-screen worker can sometimes find it easy to ignore that they need to take breaks from working. However, not taking breaks often enough can lead to a host of different issues—from tiredness and lack of focus to even obesity and muscle strain. To stay healthy while working remotely, make sure you get up from your desk at least once every hour or so, even if it’s just for five minutes. If you’re having trouble remembering to take regular breaks, fear not, Wurkr's wellness messages remind our users when it’s time for some much-needed down time. However, it is important that you do not ignore these prompts. You may feel like you need to power through that Excel sheet, or whatever else you are working on, but remember, that your work will also benefit from a more refreshed you.