Remote working is obviously not meant for every profession.
But that being said, for software developers and most IT jobs, it’s one of the best things that could ever happen.
Now, we can go on and write several pages on the benefits of working remotely, because there are a lot of benefits. However, there are also certain challenges as well that new remote workers face after starting out as remote employees. So, in this write-up, we will discuss the most common challenges of remote working.
Isolation and lack of social interaction
Working remotely can be isolating sometimes, especially if you’re used to working in an office environment. However, you can still socially interact with your remote team and colleagues virtually. Request for daily sprint meetings to socially interact, greet, and plan work, through video conferencing.
Working remotely doesn’t mean working solo, alone, and in isolated silos. Virtual team communication should be part of the daily life of a remote employee. These can be in form of sprint meetings, weekly meetings/reports, or casual skype calls. Don’t shy away from socially interacting with your colleague over chat or call. Also, socialize with your project manager.
Remember, the time you saved by not commuting to the office should be utilized in healthy personal activities like going to the gym, jogging, or just socially interacting with friends and family.
If you are new to the remote work environment, communication can be a challenge. As you’re not in the same location as your team. To overcome this, you should fully utilize the communication tools used in your company.
Always try to be clear, concise, and polite in your written communication. If there is a complex issue use video call to discuss the issue without any communication barrier. You might also find it helpful to set up regular check-ins to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Use efficient communication tools like Slack, Skype, and Trello with a mix of project management tools like Jira.
People say time management is an issue while working remotely. However, there are far more distractions in any office than at home. Still, remote workers often find themselves struggling to manage time efficiently. Usually, there are other household tasks or responsibilities competing for your attention that cause distractions.
To overcome this, you should set boundaries for yourself, such as designating a specific area of your home as your “office” and setting clear working hours. You should also use effective time management tools that can keep you on track with the task and let you know when it’s time to stop. You can also try using time management techniques like the Pomodoro Technique to stay focused and productive.
Technical issues are almost a thing of the past now in 2023. Technology has advanced enough to enable stable computers and internet connections. However, if you are new to a remote work environment and still haven’t upgraded your home internet connection, then it’s time for a much-needed internet upgrade. Most companies offer internet compensation, so you can get upgraded at official expense. However, even if you are not compensated, the internet upgrade is an investment well spent.
Technical computer problems usually happen in network-connected computers. Since you operate remotely, you will access company data through global cloud solutions and should have no issue connecting. Even if you are having logging issues, you can connect with your company’s technical support department, they should be able to take control of your machine virtually and resolve whatever issues you are facing. If there is a hardware failure, it’s time to request a new laptop from your office.
About No Name
No Name has been at the forefront of technological advancement since 2019. We have faced 10x growth in the past year and it seems we have unlocked the secret to the remote working model. Here is our step-by-step story, of how we made it possible.
1. The story & motivation for starting No Name
3. The challenges with outsourcing
5. An introduction: Noman Tariq