Gearing Up to Work Remotely

If the past year has taught us anything about the way we work, it is that we need to figure out how to maximize our productivity in the most flexible way possible. 

Fortunately, we have the opportunity to rethink how we look at remote work and create the best format for our individual situations. 

As you prepare to work from your remote office space, here are some important design considerations to bring out your best!

  • Access to your data.  We have all learned the lessons of access to broadband and ability to connect to our workplace servers and data.  Remote working only works well when you can actually communicate electronically in all the ways you need to.  Figuring out electronic access is your number one priority as you gear up to work remotely. How are you backing up your work?  Cloud backup is a great option for entrepreneurs who want to create a workspace anywhere in the world.  How is the rest of your team accessing data?  For example, do you have a collaborative platform to work on projects together?  Do you have the tech you need at home in order to support those platforms?

  • Access to your team.  Even if you are a solo entrepreneur, you no doubt rely on others in the field in some capacity, either as providers of key services or for networking.  How much access to other people do you need?  This will help you determine your space needs for remote working.  Is your team spread out across the country or will there be a need for the occasional group meeting in person?  How are you handling communication needs like phone service and meeting features?  Managing a team across multiple time zones creates a different set of challenges, for example.

  • Creating a professional atmosphere.  Working under pandemic conditions created some excusable interruptions – small children, intrusions by pets and the like.  But high-quality remote work needs to create a more professional communication standard.  Sure, we have better Zoom backgrounds, but no one wants to hear your toilet flush during a meeting, either.  Think about the particular challenges of your current environment and identify them clearly.  Is it noise?  Lack of lighting?  Poor internet connections can ruin even the most high-quality home workspace.  Assess your work atmosphere and conditions and determine where the deficiencies are.  Private offices can make a world of difference.

  • Create consistency.  Most important in a remote work environment is creating consistency for yourself and your team.  Having a well-communicated start and stop time for work and contact with coworkers will ensure people do not overwork and burn out.  There should be times when people are not expected to be working.  Create check-ins for the team to come together and review projects.  This also builds the kind of “water cooler” comradery that is difficult to obtain in an online environment.

  • Consider a coworking space.  If you determine that your current workspace at home is not adequate for any of the reasons above, you may want to look into renting a coworking space.  This is a great option if you don’t want to or cannot resolve some of the broadband issues and other tech-related concerns listed above.  You can get more out of a coworking space than just access to great products to enhance your work.  There is the benefit of being around other people, as well.  Remote working doesn’t have to mean working in isolation. 

    In fact, working in isolation for extended periods of time is not ideal for creativity and productivity.  Coworking spaces are shared spaces used by remote workers that provide access to a safe, clean, office-style environment and the connection of being around other people.  Whether you utilize these spaces on the days where you feel the least motivation (to generate that “getting up and going to the office” feeling) or take advantage of meeting space for clients, there are many great reasons to check into a coworking space for remote workers.  Think about how remote office space works and the need for private office space at times.  Think about how you work best and design your access from there.

Prior to the pandemic, less than 15 percent of the nation’s workforce worked remotely.  Now, the number has skyrocketed as many are realizing not only that their positions are able to be done remotely, but also that productivity and efficiency are actually increased! 

Expect to see remote working spaces as the new normal.  If you are ready to maximize your flexibility but find you are likely to need coworking space, why not check out what Office Evolution can provide? 

From meeting space to private offices, coworking space breaks up the monotony of working at home and provides key features you can only find in a structured office setting – while letting you retain all the flexibility remote working creates.

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