3 Challenges of Remote Work and How to Solve Them

For many people, remote work is extremely desirable because it adds a high level of flexibility and work/life balance to their work schedules. It also prevents them from having to make a stressful commute. However, despite the benefits of remote work, there are also some distinct challenges that can go along with remote work. Here are some of the top three remote work challenges and how to solve them.

1. Isolation

Remote workers can sometimes feel a sense of isolation because they work out of their homes a lot of the time. This can lead to them spending a lot of time by themselves. One way that this can be remedied is for companies to bring their remote workers into the office once a month or at least several times a year. Video chatting can also be helpful for solving isolation.

2. Visibility

Because remote workers do not work out of the office, visibility can be a real remote work challenge. This is especially true if businesses are paying their remote workers by the hour. If no one is supervising remote workers, then there is no way to tell if they are actually working during the time that they say they are working. The best way to deal with this issue is to either pay your remote workers on a year salary, or to pay them per completed project, as opposed to by the hour. However, there some apps that can actually take screen shots of remote workers’ computers while they keep track of the hours that they are working. Of course, screen shots are only taken when the remote worker has logged in and is working.

3. Distractions

Whether it is kids, pets, neighbors, your television, etc., there can definitely be a number of distractions for you when you are working at home. If you do not deal with these distractions effectively, then it can slow down your work progress, and potentially cause you to miss deadlines. A solution for this problem is to have another space besides your house to retreat to if you are being too distracted. For example, the library or a coffee shop. Being able to go to these places can help you to avoid problems associated with being distracted.

Final Thoughts

Remote work challenges can be a problem for both remote workers and the companies that they work for. However, with a little bit of effort, there is a lot that can be done to resolve remote work challenges. Following the tips in this article can help a lot in this capacity.

November 11, 2017 12:35 pm

Karin Jakovljevic

About the author

Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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