Is Working Remotely For You?

Many people dream of working from home in their comfy clothes.  According to a report by Global WorkPlace Analytics, 4.3 million employees are working from home at least half the time.  Research indicates the remote work will equal, if not surpass, fixed office locations by the year 2025.  Is working remotely a good fit for you?

Working Remotely

If you’re considering working remotely with your current job or you’re looking for another job so that you have the ability to work remotely, there are some things to consider. There are plenty of pros and cons to working remotely and only you can know if it’s the right fit for you.

Things to Consider Before Working Remotely

Here are some things to consider before you decide to work remotely . . .

The Pros:

Location Independent

You can work wherever and whenever you’d like, for the most part. Your company may still require you to work set hours or you may need to reach a certain level of productivity every day or every week, but your schedule can be more flexible.

If it’s a nice day, you can choose to work outside. Or maybe your kitchen table is preferred over your home office. You can be more productive in the morning so you can finish your work by early afternoon. The choice is yours.

Save Money

You’ll save money. Without the need to commute every day, you’ll save money on gas, tolls, and parking. You’ll also be less likely to go out for lunch. And, you won’t need to buy as many “work” clothes and pay for dry cleaning.

Focus

You can stay more focused without coworkers popping into your office all day long to distract you with questions or new projects. You’ll need to have some willpower to avoid the pile of laundry or the TV until your work is done, but there won’t be as many distractions as you would normally have at the office.

Less Drama

You can avoid office gossip and drama. You know all of those conversations that take place in the employee break room about who’s dating who, who got promoted, and who’s in trouble with the boss? Yeah, those. No more! You’ll no longer get caught in the middle of the drama.

The Cons:

Isolation

You may feel left out. If you’re an extrovert who thrives on having people around you, you may start to feel lonely and left out. You won’t be in the office for impromptu meetings and you won’t hear all the latest news about what’s going on in the company.

Lack of Motivation

Unless you’re a self-starter, it can be hard to stay focused and productive. You may be tempted to check your Facebook feed, start the dishwasher, or make a quick run to the grocery store which will take valuable time from working and leaving you being less productive.

Making Remote Work A Success

If you decide that working remotely is for you, you can learn to manage your productivity by time blocking your schedule and turning off apps and websites that distract you. You can schedule short breaks throughout the day that allow you to take care of those chores. And, you can video conference into office meetings so that you can still be part of what’s going on.

There are ways to make it work for you, but it can still get lonely. Only you can decide if it’s the right choice. You may want to present the idea to your boss and ask to try it out for a few weeks or month before making it permanent to determine if it works for you.

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By |2019-07-31T10:59:13-05:00July 31st, 2019|Career Success, Work/Life Balance|Comments Off on Is Working Remotely For You?

Social Media CheckUp

In today’s professional world, it should be assumed that a company will check a candidate’s social media presence when they are looking for employment with that company. It is important to find out how your potential candidate presents themselves to the world and what they choose to share on social media.

One Job hunter named “Sarah” was in her third and final round of interviews at a company. Unfortunately, she forgot to clean up her Facebook page prior to beginning her job hunt and was not extended an offer because of the passionate and derogatory views that she expressed about a previous employer. Another candidate, “Matthew”, did not remove images that he posted on Instagram of drinking and partying with his friends weekly, and the company decided that they didn’t want to deal with a party animal showing up late to work. They never extended an offer to him either.

As far as employer’s are concerned, in today’s world, everything you choose to put on social media is a direct reflection of who you are. I always advise my clients to clean up their social media accounts prior to starting their job search. On Facebook, it’s not just the images that you post and the information that you put out there, it is also what you have been tagged in. It is wise to look at all of your posts, as well as anything you have been tagged in, and untag, hide or delete prior to beginning your job search. Lastly, there is always the option to suspend your account temporarily while you are on the job market. In this day and age, you must be exceptionally vigilant about what you share on social media and what the content says about you.

When you are looking for your next opportunity, it is extremely important to be at your professional best and to differentiate yourself from other job seekers. We can get you on the right track to get the job you want.

 

 

By |2016-05-18T13:09:47-05:00May 18th, 2016|Career Success, Social Media and Job Searching|Comments Off on Social Media CheckUp

10 Things to Do for Your Career Success

Below are 10 things we feel are key to making your professional future and life a lot easier:

  1. Know how to explain ‘what you do’. Refining your elevator pitch does take practice. It was also change throughout your career. Be so good at explaining what you do that people never forget it.
  2. Know your career non-negotiables. Be really be honest with yourself about what you need out of a career, make a list and don’t waste your time on jobs that don’t line up.
  3. Jump off a cliff every once in a while. Push your boundaries, get out of your comfort zone and do something that terrifies you at least once in the early stages of your career.
  4. Learn how to take criticism. It is important to take criticism seriously and not personally. Knowing where you are not meeting expectations will allow you room to grow professionally.
  5. Learn to say No. Sometimes this can be the hardest word to say to your boss.  Knowing when and how to use this word when it is necessary, may save your sanity.
  6. Know how to negotiate. In most cases, this is the only way you are going to get what you deserve and want.
  7. Find a to-do list system that works for you. Whether you need 30 post-it notes or a list synced on all your devices, learn to manage your workflow.
  8. Know when you are the most productive. Use your energy levels to your advantage. Don’t spend your peak mental hours on wasteful things.
  9. Know how to manage stress. Stress can ruin your life if you don’t cope with it. Learn what helps you de-stress and make it part of your routine.
  10. Make a career emergency plan. What would you do if you got laid off tomorrow? Instead of panicking, get started on an action plan.
By |2015-10-14T12:15:50-05:00October 14th, 2015|career consultation services, Career Success, How to Be Happy at Work, How to Keep Your Job|Comments Off on 10 Things to Do for Your Career Success