The essential tech guide: Tips for working remotely (and efficiently)

Rachel Everett

Friday 24 March 2017

Cutting out unnecessary meetings and time lost due to ineffective processes means motivated professionals can make the most of their working day. Having the option to work flexibly and remotely – while still getting the work done efficiently and on deadline – is commonplace for many.

A recent survey by TINYpulse, an employee engagement firm, found that 91 per cent of remote workers believe they perform better when working away from the office. So how can you support your colleagues when it comes to offering flexible work?

Choose a motivating co-working space

A new location can lead to productivity gains and provide inspiration for future projects. Joining a co-working space is ideal – placing your employees in a productive environment with breakout areas and networking opportunities can boost motivation. Many spaces have design-led interiors to keep those creative juices flowing, and they also provide the perfect opportunity for collaborating with colleagues or connecting with like-minded professionals.

When seeking to support team members who work remotely, regular catch-up calls as opposed to face-to-face meetings can free up time to actually get the work done. No more wasting time at the water cooler – streamlined meetings allow for more time on your daily tasks.

Dictate your own working hours

Organisation is key to being a successful remote worker. You don’t necessarily have to adhere to strict office hours, but setting a solid routine for the day is crucial. Skipping non-essential meetings and working while on the move will soon free up extra hours in the day. When out and about, opt for a thin and light laptop that’s easy to carry, such as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which has extended battery life for added mobility.

Be flexible with time zones

Working remotely means clients or colleagues can be based all over the globe. The freedom to work remotely affords many benefits, but it’s essential that you are prepared for early-morning or late-night calls. Being flexible with different time zones is key, as colleagues and contacts may be located all around the globe.

Focus on your energy

Taking a 10-minute break to go for a walk is the perfect way to refresh and re-energise – calls can even be done while walking around your local park. The result? Working smarter and achieving more in the long run.

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