What you'll need to be a successful remote employee (and what to avoid)
In a virtual world, the tools for success look different than those in the office. Although many skills are transferrable (a hardworking, dedicated employee should always succeed!), here are some strengths you'll need to be a success while working remotely — and what to avoid.
What you'll need: Great communication skills.
Over-communication while working remotely is key. Make sure you're checking in before the project is due or done. Speak often with your colleagues and employee/supervisor whether or not you need something from them.
What to avoid: Vague or reactive responses.
It's not enough just to communicate; you must be intentional and clear when communicating. Over-explain if you need to, as long as you're not being condescending. If something goes wrong, don't waste your breath panicking. Take a second (or a lap around your home work space) and then respond.
What you'll need: Organization skills.
Staying organized is far more important at home when there are a million other non-work things going on in your workplace. Keep lists with daily tasks and notes with your bigger monthly/yearly picture. Create a schedule that works with your home environment and the people around you.
What to avoid: Over-organizing yourself.
There can never be too much organization, right? Give yourself some leeway to ensure you're staying sharp and creative. And life happens — you don't want to be thrown off a day or week's worth of work if something happens out of your schedule. You should be organized but adaptable and flexible.
What do you think makes a remote employee successful? What are some common mistakes remote employees should avoid?