10 Tips For Working Remotely (And From Abroad)

10 Tips For Working Remotely (And From Abroad)

10 Tips For Working Remotely (And From Abroad)

According to an article in the Guardian, Britain’s employers are struggling with the worst staff shortages since the late 1990s. To fill the gaps, a growing percentage of British companies (29%) are considering outsourcing parts of their work. This article by Cyber Crew suggests that marketing is outsourced by 42% of UK businesses, 34% of UK based business outsourced IT support and in 2020 almost a third of UK businesses were expected to outsource more. The top reasons given for outsourcing are need for a skilled workforce (67%) and reducing costs (71%).

Which means that remote working, especially in a different country to your employer, is now an increasingly viable option, provided you have the necessary skills. Here are 10 tips we’ve put together to help you in your remote working journey:

Tip # 1 – Prepare Your Environment

Set up a separate, designated workspace for yourself, where you can focus on your work without being distracted and have everything you need to be as productive as possible. Working from your dining table is tempting, but it doesn’t always create the right mindset for working. Make sure that you get dressed every day too!

Tip # 2 – Ensure Your Technology Is Reliable

That includes a reliable and secure internet connection. You need to be able to access any necessary files, hardware and software, from your company network remotely. Most important, you need a way of getting in touch with IT support, in case something goes wrong!

Tip # 3 – Don’t Forget The Application Process

That will most likely be remote too. Remote interviews are now playing a crucial part in today's job market and they provide extra challenges for even the most seasoned interviewee. There are plenty of tips available, and you can read our guide to get you started. 

Tip # 4 – Can You Communicate Effectively?

Working remotely leaves a lot more room for miscommunication. However, understanding your own strengths and weaknesses when communicating will allow you to make the best of the situation. With our free personality test you can learn those strengths and weaknesses even before your first day!

Tip # 5 – Stick To A Schedule

Creating a structure encourages you to complete your work within deadlines. Remote working can sometimes have you feeling adrift from the rest of your team, so it’s important to have a stable working routine to rely on. 

Tip # 6 – But Don’t Be Afraid To Take Breaks

Coffee breaks and lunch are a much needed break in the workday in a normal office environment. But it’s much easier to ignore them if you’re working remotely. ‘5 more minutes’ or ‘I’ll just send that last email’ are common catchphrases. But taking breaks from the screen is important for both your productivity and your health.

Tip # 7 – Ask For Support

Just because your team aren’t in the same building as you doesn’t mean you’re not a team! In fact, it’s even more important to speak up when you might need extra help and support, because your manager and colleagues have no other way of knowing. And that goes both ways. Make sure you’re checking in with your team on a regular basis. 

Tip # 8 – Double Check Everything

You’ve got a meeting with three team members in three different time zones? Make sure you’ve worked out a time that works for everyone and communicated that accurately. That goes double for emails – Gmail’s schedule feature is your best friend! Do what you can to make your physical address a non-issue and use the flexibility of remote working to your advantage, rather than a problem to be solved. 

Tip # 9 – Have A Shutdown Ritual

When you do check out in the evening, having a specific ritual can help you decompress and make that transition into the evening. This could be writing a to-do list for the next day, tidying your desk or simply leaving your workspace and going for a walk.

Tip # 10 – Take A Course

There’s plenty of other tips that we haven’t covered here. LinkedIn Learning’s Remote Working Course provides great insights from entrepreneur Arianna Huffington, teaching you the skills you need to stay focused and keep productive when working remotely.

Wherever you are in the world, you can trust that we’ll match you with the UK’s top employers. And with these tips, you’re sure to make the most of your new job.

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