Surviving a remote job can be challenging, but it’s possible to thrive with the right strategies in place. As a management consultant, I worked with a client remotely for several months, and I found that the following strategies were critical to my success:
As a report from Ladders Inc. states that starting in 2023 at least %25 of the overall new jobs constitute remote jobs.
Let’s dive in and learn why those 3 strategies are essential in surviving a remote job.
Let’s also discover my solution to a consulting project problem, which I’m sure most of you also encounter in your business:
3 Strategies for surviving a remote job: What moves the needle at most?
In consulting projects, the needle shows up at most, if those strategies are made the top topic for the remote team:
- Communication: Regular and clear communication with the client was essential. I made sure to set up weekly check-ins and establish clear expectations for deliverables and timelines. I also made myself available via email and video chat whenever the client had questions or concerns.
- Organization: Being organized was key to staying on top of the project and meeting deadlines. I have used project and task management software to keep track of my duties, deadlines, and progress associated with them, and I made sure to prioritize my most critical job first to ensure that I was using my time effectively.
- Self-discipline: Working remotely requires a high level of self-discipline. I made sure to set clear boundaries between work and personal time and to establish a routine that helped me stay focused and productive.
One example of how these strategies worked was when I had a critical project deadline approaching. I communicated clearly with the client about the timeline and my progress, and I made sure to prioritize my workload to ensure that I met the deadline. I also made sure to take breaks and practice self-care to avoid remote work burnout and maintain my productivity.
The project, however, may have suffered if I hadn’t been able to effectively communicate with the customer at the time when a misunderstanding arises or if I had allowed myself to become stressed and burned out.
Recognizing the burdens of working remotely and putting a plan in place to handle them are inevitable
In conclusion, surviving a remote job requires clear communication, organization, and self-discipline. By prioritizing these strategies, it’s possible to thrive in a remote work environment and deliver high-quality work for clients.
What are the critical factors in surviving a remote job?
Let me add some other factors from my case to take into consideration:
The size of a client company can impact the level of communication needed for a successful remote consulting project. Larger companies may have more complex communication channels and protocols, so it is important to establish clear lines of communication and understand who the key decision-makers are.
Even though there may be fewer levels of communication, or hierarchy, in smaller organizations, it is still vital to set up regular check-ins to make sure that everyone is on the same page.
A remote consulting job may be impacted by a client company’s location as well.
It could be nice to change work hours if the client is in a different time zone to make sure there is enough time for communication.
To guarantee efficient communication, it could also be necessary to take into consideration linguistic and cultural differences.
The length of a consulting project can also impact how it is managed remotely. Longer projects can need more regular check-ins to guarantee progress and timely resolution of any problems.
Shorter projects may require more focused communication and may require more intensive collaboration in a shorter period.
In conclusion, while the size and location of a client company and the length of a consulting project can impact remote work, establishing clear communication, staying organized, and practicing self-discipline are critical strategies for success.
5 Tips to survive a remote job based on the best practices
I can share some practical tips on how to survive a remote job based on the best practices:
- Establish a routine: Create a schedule that works for you and stick to it. This will assist you in being focused and productive throughout the day like the bees fly on the flowers.
- Set up a dedicated workspace: Create a designated workspace that is quiet and free from distractions. This will enable you to maintain concentration and reduce disruptions.
- Communicate regularly: Make sure to stay in touch with your colleagues and managers regularly. Use communication apps like email, instant messaging, WhatsApp, and ZOOM as video conferencing to stay connected. Healthy communication channels play a great role in remote teams feeling connected. For e-mail and WhatsApp, you will be able to stay asynchronous, which is a great benefit to be not distracted all the time.
- Take breaks: It’s important to take regular breaks throughout the day to prevent burnout. Get up and move around, take a walk outside, or do some stretching exercises to stay refreshed.
- Stay organized: Use a project management tool or a to-do list to keep track of your tasks and deadlines. You can keep on top of your work and meet deadlines by doing this.
A Scenario Example for Surviving a Remote Job
As for a hands-on example of working remotely as a 20 years experienced management consultant, here is one scenario that I would suggest:
Let’s say I was serving as a management consultant remotely for a client who was experiencing isolation and communication issues within their team. To address this problem, I would take the following steps:
- Conduct a needs assessment: I would conduct an assessment to understand the root cause of the communication issues. This may involve conducting interviews or surveys with team members to get their perspectives.
- Develop a communication plan: Based on the needs assessment, I would develop a communication plan that addresses the specific issues that the team is facing. The plan may include communication guidelines, training sessions, and team-building activities.
- Implement the plan: Once the plan is developed, I would work with the client to implement it. This may involve providing training sessions, facilitating team-building activities, and providing ongoing support to ensure the plan is successful.
- Monitor progress: I would monitor the progress of the plan to ensure that it is achieving its objectives. This may involve conducting follow-up assessments or surveys to measure the effectiveness of the plan.
- Adjust as needed: Based on the progress monitoring, I would adjust the plan as needed to ensure that it is meeting the client’s needs.
- Surviving a remote job requires clear communication, organization, and self-discipline.
- The size and location of a client company and the length of a consulting project can impact remote work, but clear communication, staying organized, and practicing self-discipline are critical strategies for success.
- Practical tips to survive a remote job include establishing a routine, setting up a dedicated workspace, communicating regularly, taking breaks, and staying organized.
- To address communication issues within a team remotely, a management consultant can conduct a needs assessment, develop a communication plan, implement the plan, monitor progress, and adjust as needed.