How to win at Remote Working

Tips from the CEO of a company which went fully “remote”, nearly 10 years ago.

 With millions of we Brits now working from home, amid the spread of the Coronavirus, we thought it might be helpful to share our top tips on how “The Constant Media “ (TCM) has managed, successfully, to run and grow a remote based development agency for over 10 years. We hope the following helps – somewhat. Certainly: our company has noticed a significant increase in productivity since going fully remote!

Going remote could be one of the best things you do as a business. That said : it could be an absolute anxiety-inducing nightmare. It all depends upon how you approach the start (and the pathway) of each and every day.

What we can say with confidence is that the pros absolutely outweigh the cons. I, as CEO, am personally really proud of our super productive and talented global team. Their energy levels, especially first thing in the morning, are phenomenal; much of that simply comes down to the absence of a long, draining commute.

Effective communication is our not so secret, secret weapon. We’ve tried and tested umpteen different tools, over the years, to find the perfect solutions for our business and they are at the heart of how we work.

Here are our Top 10 ways of surviving the lock down without losing your mind and your mojo in the process.

1.Dress to Impress

It may seem like a perk to login in your loungewear, but just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Get up, get showered, get dressed. Getting dressed for your day adds a dose of professionalism which will extend to your workday. How you look really does make a difference to how you feel.

Properly prepared, I find that, when I step into my home office, it feels like a professional place of work and I’m off to a productive start.

2.Get Moving like you’re Commuting

Nothing starts the day on a more energetic note than a little exercise. Use the time, which you would normally use for your daily commute, to squeeze in some “me” time. This could involve some light yoga or a full on hard-core boot camp session that streams directly to your TV – or, if you are able to isolate yourself from others – simply take a walk.

3. A Quiet Place & Great Tech

It’s important to have a space that is a dedicated workspace. It doesn’t have to be a full-on office but you will need to have the basics, such as a laptop / desktop and a really good Internet connection.

If you can push the boat out a little, a good headset goes a long way when taking calls from clients and colleagues, as does a good webcam.

I personally use a wireless Jabra Evolve headset which does an incredible job of getting rid of any background noise (including screaming kids).

Your keyboard and mouse matter too, depending upon your setup. If you’re using external displays you won’t want to be stretching across your desk to use your laptop’s keyboard. Not only are the extra devices more versatile, but they can do wonders for your working at home experience.

4.If you Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

Before you hit the thick of it, take a few minutes to work out what your priorities are for the day. This sounds like a no-brainer but more often than not, we’re pushed and pulled away from core priorities into lots of distracting directions.

Whilst there is always room for spontaneity, contingency, and the odd emergency, there is also huge satisfaction to be derived from ticking off items from your do list. Continue reading “How to win at Remote Working”