Working in your virtual workplace can be very different than working in a traditional office. Instead of being surrounded by colleagues and managers, you are completely on your own. Staying free of distraction and keeping your productivity levels high is your responsibility.
Even though you don’t have a manager watching your every move, you’re still expected to deliver positive results and on time. So how do you ensure your colleagues and boss feel that you are maintaining your productivity when working away from the office?
Here are a few tips:
- Stay connected
When working from outside the office, it can be easy to get distracted. Taking the dog for a long walk, taking care of household chores or even running out for some errands. It’s important that you don’t disconnect for long periods of time. Coworkers should be able to easily contact you through a phone call, email or instant message. If you tend to walk away from your computer hours at a time, it might create some ill feelings among your team—especially if their working from the office.
- Meet your deadlines
No matter where you’re working from, it’s important to always meet your deadlines. If for some reason you think you will be late, inform your boss as soon as you can. But don’t make it a habit. Constantly missing deadlines won’t go unnoticed for too long.
- Show your face
Geographically dispersed teams often lack quality face-to-face time. This is why you should show your face as often as possible. Online meeting tools like iMeet allow you to turn on a personal web camera so you can have high quality face-to-face meetings with your clients and colleagues. Up to 93 percent of communication is non-verbal. iMeet eliminates the need for you to solely rely on words, and makes it possible for you to pick up on non-verbal cues you may have otherwise missed out on.
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