Tips On How To Keep Working Remotely From Home

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By 98.5 KTK

Many businesses are returning back to normal, even though the coronavirus pandemic continues and rising numbers of Floridians testing positive for COVID19.  That may make you a bit nervous on returning to the office. Although some companies have changed their work at home policies, many haven't and if your company is one of those who do not plan letting people continue to work remotely, you'll have to seek out special permission. First off, gather some supporting evidence that working remotely works for you. Although working from home may benefit you personally, it doesn't pan out in the professional sense. You have to demonstrate that working remotely actually benefits your work and productivity. That’s what will convince your manager. Don’t rely on general statistics to support your argument—it doesn’t matter if X percent of people are more productive working from home. You need to show that you are more productive working from home. For example, when you were working in the office, it took you two hours to do a given task, but since working from home, it’s only been taking you 45 minutes on average. It’s one thing to tell your manager that you work better with fewer distractions. It’s another to have data to back that up. Time yourself doing certain tasks and record metrics for important key performance indicators (KPIs). You also want to show your manager that you know there’s more to remote work culture than wearing pajama pants every day. Show up on time to meetings, without fail. That way your manager knows that you working remotely won’t be an added burden for your team. Set up your home office for maximum productivity. Remove distractions, include things that motivate you, and maybe even set up a second monitor. Then be sure you’re always in your home office when you’re on a call. It’s possible your manager will just say no—you need to be prepared for that. Think of it kind of like a sales pitch. Most salespeople will tell you that you have to follow up with leads at least five or eight or a million times before you even reach them. So be prepared to ask again, this time with more evidence or a new angle, after your first conversation.

SOURCE: Fast Company

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