Key challenges remote workers will face

Lack of face-to-face supervision: Leaders worry that staff will not work as effectively and staff many struggle with reduced access to managerial support.

Lack of access to information: New remote workers are often surprised at the extra effort that is required to retrieve information from colleagues. Without face-to-face interaction interpersonal issues can arise as fewer emotional cues to pick up on.

Social isolation: Without the informal social interaction of an office loneliness is common complaint of remote workers. Over a long period of time isolation can make workers feel less “belonging” to their organization.

Distractions at home: Suboptimal work environments can hamper workers ability to remain productive for long periods. Sudden transition to virtual working can cause family and home demands to impinge on work.

How to combat these issues

Have a place to work in: Having a space to work in is crucial for your state of mind, both in terms of being in “work mode” and also being able to turn off at the end of the day.

Have work time: Set clear boundaries for your working day. With the lack of daily commute, your work and home time can easily merge together.

Remember to eat and keep hydrated: Sounds obvious, but with the lack of routine and structure to the day, it can be all too easy to miss lunch – remember to plan and take lunch and to keep well hydrated.

Remember to take breaks: Some people can worry that they are not seen as productive at home and so don’t break as often. However, taking a short break can actually make you more productive in the long run.

Stay in touch: Keep in touch with your manager and team members. Voice and video calls are perfect for helping to maintain the human connection.