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Remote Work: These tips will make remote work a success

There is hardly anyone who did not get to know the home office in the past year. And maybe you got a taste for it: Why not work completely remotely? When and where do I want? The main thing is that the result is right. How remote work works, what needs to be considered and how engineers find suitable jobs.

Remote work has advantages and disadvantages.

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Remote work has been raised to a new level by the corona pandemic. The term stands for mobile working - be it in the home office or on a train journey. Remote work refers to work that is not tied to a location. Many people and companies are wondering how to organize working from the home office in a short period of time. Or will this trend quickly fade again when the pandemic is over? Read here for answers and how to find a remote work job.

Remote work, telework, home office - what's the difference?

All of this revolves around mobile working away from the office. But those who work in the home office usually also have a desk in the company and can only do part of the work at home. Just jet off to Malle and work from the beach is not - if only for health and safety reasons. That is exactly what remote work would do. This is about working on the go - you decide when and where. Working hours and length are also irrelevant. The main thing is that in the end the result that has been agreed with the client is correct.

Will Remote be dead again soon?

Probably not. Even if the pandemic subsides, the remote trend is likely to intensify further, because the new freedoms are also valued by engineers who were previously in a traditional employment relationship. Especially in project management. According to a study by LinkedIn, almost 80% of employers now advertise flexible forms of work. Not because they can, but because they have to. Because those who stick to rigid working hours and locations fall behind in the war for talents.

What do I need as a remote worker?

Not much. A powerful laptop and a fast internet connection are basically sufficient. A smartphone is part of the basic equipment anyway. In addition, especially for technical projects, collaboration tools such as Monday.com or ClickUp as well as project management software such as Stackfield, which you can use to work together digitally, are important. With such tools, you should make sure that they comply with data protection regulations and that all information is transmitted end-to-end encrypted. As a rule, there is no getting around these tools, especially for engineers who work in teams, because only in very manageable jobs with few actors will you be able to coordinate via e-mails and messengers. Last but not least: Nothing works without discipline and a sense of responsibility.

What are the benefits of working remotely?

Of course, you can organize your time freely, no annoying rush hour journeys that take time and are annoying, more work-life balance. Some even speak of a healthier life because less canteen food and fast food end up on the plate, but rather self-prepared food. Above all, less stress from working in open-plan offices and commuting has a direct impact on health. Last but not least: Engineers as remote workers use job boards (see below) to pick out exactly the projects that appeal to them the most.

And the disadvantages?

Remote workers don't work nine to five. Also means: There is always the risk of exploiting yourself. And not being able to switch off from work. The snacks in between in the coffee kitchen also fall flat, which leaves some the feeling of a lonely argument. When it comes to occupational health and safety and employee rights, remote workers are usually worse off, in other words: on their own, because they have to protect themselves like freelancers or the self-employed. Unless it is possible to continue a permanent employment relationship under the same conditions remotely, which is a matter of negotiation.

Remote work: tips for a successful work day

Even when the sun, the beach and the like are tempting, tight time management is the be-all and end-all. It is ideal to plan and structure the day as if it were a normal day in the office. Get up early, get an overview of the daily tasks and (self-set) goals and work through them. And yes, swimwear or sweatpants send the wrong signal. Even supposed little things decide whether the meander moves in or not.

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Where the corridor radio falls flat, contact with colleagues and team members should be maintained intensively via all conceivable digital channels, from Facebook to Slack and Skype to WhatsApp. Always stay in the conversation (and thus visible). Of course, also with superiors, because they decide on interesting follow-up projects and remuneration. Last but not least: Even if it seems annoying at times, it doesn't hurt to report on work progress at least once a day.

Where can I find my remote job?

You can look for remote jobs in our job exchange. If you want to work in a permanent position regardless of location, you should be aware of the advantages and disadvantages. Many people feel more comfortable with colleagues or find it difficult to motivate themselves in the home office. For commuters, remote work offers more time for the essentials. Instead of being stuck in traffic, there is more time for project work and a well-deserved evening.

Also read:

In the long term in the home office: The surprising turnaround in companies

Home office: the 5 most important advantages and disadvantages

Home office as a psychological burden: How to avoid stress

 

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  • Chris Loewer

    Chris Löwer has been working as a freelance journalist for national media for more than 20 years. His main topics are science, technology and career.