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Remote work has never been more popular than it is today. Several organizations were put at the forefront of the great challenge of transforming their way of working quickly in the face of the situation that the Covid-19 pandemic demanded. The companies that already used this work methodology, in a way, had a greater facility to carry out the migration from the office to the remote model. Still, it was necessary to work on some interpersonal skills and enhance working methods and tools (mentioned in this report) to make the routine and the processes flow more organically and productive.
In this blog post, we will talk about the work routine of different types of organizations and the most common tools in each of them to make organizational processes happen. In addition, you will able to find a list with the main interpersonal characteristics necessary to perform well working from home and a bonus with the world’s top remote job ad platforms. Are you ready? Come on then 😀
The day to day in a remote work
In more traditional companies, such as industries, remote work is gradually and partially present since many operational functions cannot be done remotely. The administrative areas were the pioneers in the migration to this model, which, over time, began to work in a hybrid way. The most modern companies, such as startups and agencies, had an easier time in the process since their employees can perform their home assignments, and some of them already had this system at least once a week.
The day-to-day work in remote jobs in both types of organizations differs in terms of processes and methodologies. While some offer more flexibility and autonomy to perform tasks, others closely monitor the activities performed by the employee using control software. Is there a better and a worse one? The answer is no. It will depend on the employee’s profile, how he organizes his routine and how the manager directs him to the results.
Regarding the employee’s profile, some of the skills expected or developed by him will be mentioned below. However, it is worth noting that people have an easier time with this style of work and others who are unable to adapt. The former has a certain independence and greater discipline over their routine and does not necessarily need someone charging the entire time and observing their achievements. Those who have difficulties generally feel that they need to be in an office to produce better, communicate, and monitor their colleagues better.
So, what are the skills needed to do an excellent job remotely?
Ashira Prossack, a columnist at Forbes magazine, brings in a very pragmatic way the “5 Must-Have Skills For Remote Work”:
- Strong written communication
- Time management
Communicating well is not enough. Being efficient and precise in speech or writing can also save a lot of time, avoid future frustrations due to possible misunderstandings. Prossack says that at least 50% of all communication done remotely is made in writing, either via corporate chat or by email. Therefore, being careful with the tones of communication (formal or informal) is essential when comparing who you refer to, for example.
In collaboration, which is very much connected to the previous point, it is essential to emphasize that your work is not done alone, even if it is remote. Informing what is being dealt with, asking for, and giving feedback when requested, are practices that help teamwork.
Focus, time management, and adaptability are three very intrinsic characteristics, but they can be worked on to be improved more and more. Having a work routine (predefined times) and organizing lists of tasks for the day or week are the best practices. Besides, it’s essential to understand that, even though it seems harsh at first, time promotes adaption to remote work.
Bonus: Most used platforms in the world to find remote work
LinkedIn has been one of the most used platforms in the search and dissemination of job openings worldwide. Regardless of where you are, it is possible to choose, for example, a remote job in another country. With the alerts function, you set up the vacancy filters you would like to see, and daily, the platform shares opportunities with those characteristics that have been defined.
More focused on technology areas, WeWorkRemotely is a platform for recruiting professionals in the software/design area used by the largest companies in the industry, such as Google, Amazon, GitHub, and inVision.
Remote.co is a platform that goes even further. It discloses opportunities in the most diverse areas of activity worldwide. It also lists several online courses offered by the largest universities globally, aiming to develop the candidates’ skills. There is also a blog with very up-to-date articles on remote work and trends.
In the article “10 Remote Work Stats for 2021 “, the Remote.co blog writes:
“The pandemic drastically sped up the adoption of remote work. Companies like Coinbase, Dropbox, Shopify, and Twitter, to name a few, have decided that remote work works and are letting their employees work from home permanently.”
Fiverr is a worldwide platform specializing in freelancers. The professional makes the registration, indicates his skill, and is available to potential contractors. For each transaction made (payment), 20% of the total value of the service will be charged, and the contractor will hold 80%.
Whether full-time or freelancer …
The important thing is to find a way that you feel more confident and happy to work. Mainly because your home has become your office, and knowing how to balance your time and maintain a sustainable routine for you and the company you are working/managing, is extremely important to stay healthy, willing, and productive.
Here at Angry Ventures, we work 100% remotely and write a little more about this working style with global data in this report.
We hope you enjoy it!