Depending on the mindset and the context, remote working can be a dream arrangement: Work in silence from the comfort of your favorite chair. Alternatively, remote working can also become isolating and demoralizing: You feel like you never have genuine human contact. In an article for Scrum Alliance, Michael Huber discusses practices to help maintain a healthy career and team outlook as a remote employee:
- Find or build a community.
- Take breaks from electronic devices.
- Be a “digital nomad.”
Huber believes that having a ton of “friends” on Facebook or a similar platform is not a guarantee that your desire for belonging will be satisfied. Rather, you should make more specific efforts to join groups. See if there is a committee in the business you can join, or try to build something like—as Huber suggests—quarterly team-building activities. Alternatively, you can seek out a place like a local PMI chapter as a place to meet new people and build relationships. Both routes enable you to keep your career moving forward and avoid stagnation.
Unlike standard employees, remote employees are basically always interacting with technology. Since there is no buffer between home and work, remote employees can fall into a trap of always being in “work” mode—checking email as soon as they wake up, reading documents while eating dinner, etc. Huber insists that you consciously divide your personal/family time from your work time, for the sake of your mental well-being.
Lastly, Huber recommends that you take advantage of your remote status by doing more traveling. How much traveling should you do? It depends:
It can be as simple as vacationing on an island for a long weekend and working your normal hours while enjoying the ocean during your time off, or selling everything you own and moving to a new country to absorb a new culture. There are no geographical limits as to what you can accomplish. Traveling is a great way to foster innovation and breed creativity. New solutions can be discovered by making new global connections that offer different perspectives on problems. As a devoted project manager, you can introduce the efficiency and effectiveness to your organization. A project manager with the ability to work remotely can stimulate mind and body through travel and change. It provides a way to refresh your perspective on life both personally and professionally.
You can view the original article here: https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2017/october/as-a-remote-employee-you-dont-have-to-be-an-island