One of the most important workplace changes brought about by the pandemic is the shift from traditional office environments to remote work across the economy.
Many companies that have never offered it now have remote working options. Some companies considering partial remote work pulled the trigger and transferred their employees to full-time remote work.
Unless you work in an industry where you can’t really work remotely (such as a restaurant waiter or retail clerk), or you are employed by a company that stagnated in 1998, remote working may be your new reality.
For many people, this is great news. But this does not mean that there will be no adjustments to your transition to remote work.
If remote work is or may be part of your new routine, we have some suggestions.
8 things we learned about the transition to permanent remote work
1. Make sure you really want to work remotely
It is not for everyone.
Although this is a growing trend, some people still don’t like working remotely. Of those who can complete work at home, only 54% said they want to work remotely after COVID has subsided. According to the Pew Research Center. This is the majority, but not a lot.
There are several benefits to working remotely. Therefore, spend a lot of time thinking about professionals-no need to commute, more focused time and productivity, more efficient meetings, more family time, etc. Then carefully consider the shortcomings-fewer accidents, conversations without a water dispenser, may feel isolated, etc.
Depending on your personality type, you may thrive or really struggle in remote work. Before making a permanent jump, understand yourself and how you might respond.
2. Contact your employer about remote work
So you experienced remote work last year, loved it, and your employer decided it was time to get all team members together again. what should you do?
If you really want to work remotely, there is nothing wrong with asking. Your boss may not be on the same page, But asking is never bad, right?
The key is to prepare before the conversation. Prove that you are more productive in a remote environment and provide data to prove it. Understand your employer’s reasoning and be prepared to refute it. And be sure to explain all the ways they will benefit, not just you.
3. Understand the basics of remote work
Here is a quick list of all tools to consider related to remote work:
- Computer settings (with video call function)
- High speed internet
- Telephone (fixed telephone, if in sales and other industries)
- Headset and microphone
- Comfortable office chair
- Dual monitor
- Office Supplies
- Power Board
- Good lighting (for zoom calls)
- Shelf or organization system
You may only need some of them.But make sure you have at least some of them Home office essentials Be in place before jumping to remote work.
4. Get reimbursement of initial expenses
Whether it’s a new laptop, faster internet, a decent desk or a rental space for face-to-face meetings, Make sure you don’t bear these financial burdens.
Most employers know to take care of these for their remote workers, but some smaller employers or those who have just transitioned to remote workers may let these jobs slip through the cracks. Whether it is an initial allowance, reimbursement, or payment through an expense account, your employer should pay for it.
Don’t hesitate to raise these expenses yourself. After all, your employer will pay all expenses in a traditional office environment. This should not change with the transition to remote work.
5. Your internet speed is important
Between email and regular Internet browsing, plus streaming media and all these video calls, your Internet connection will be more important than ever. You not only want it to be fast, but you also want it to be stable.
If your provider’s speed is insufficient, or if you live in a country where higher speeds are not available, We have ideas for some alternative methods Keep in touch with other team members.
6. Know if you are eligible for tax relief
Yes, if you work from home, you may be eligible for tax relief. However, as expected by the tax law, there are many regulations.
If you are a regular employee, you are not eligible unless you also have self-employment income. In other words, the income you earn from your full-time job is not deductible. Anything you do as a freelancer is.
The space where you work also needs to be your main business place, but you do not need to set up a completely independent room for your work.
However, these are just a few qualifiers. If you have encountered these, Go see other people See if you can get tax relief for remote work.
7. If your job is not remote, consider looking for a job
How important is it to you to be able to work remotely?
If you are going to skip to remote work, weigh the pros and cons of staying at your current job or leaving. Income, work/life balance, flexibility, stability, family time, etc. should all be taken into consideration in your decision.
If you are ready to take action after considering everything, be prepared to start interviewing these people 9 remote interview questions.
8. Get in touch with companies that provide remote work
After entering the market, it is helpful to understand the options for remote work.
Although some companies may be new to managing remote employees after the pandemic, many companies have been working remotely for some time.here has 31 companies with remote jobs.
Finally, if you have completed the jump, enjoy the transition. For many people, remote work has changed lives. If it suits you and suits your personality, you may never want to go back to a traditional office.
Robert Bruce is the senior author of The Penny Hoarder.