4 Remote Working Myths Debunked

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Remote working is now a reality more than ever. But, there are still a series of absurd beliefs destined to vanish in daily practice.

Here are the top 4 myths about remote working that need to be overcome in the future.

1. Remote Employees Are Unproductive

One of the first myths to dispel is precisely the lack of productivity.

It is often thought that the worker not present in the office (therefore not in close contact with the boss or colleague) is less productive than the one employed in the company.

This belief has been disproved. Many workers said they worked longer hours remotely than working face-to-face.

This belief has been disproved. Many workers said they worked longer hours remotely than working face-to-face. #remoteworkers Click To Tweet

2. Remote Workers Don’t Team Up

This myth is the result of an unripe culture concerning the subject. Agile work is not synonymous with isolation.

A remote working program can alternate periods in presence with periods at a distance. During the periods in the presence, you can continue to cultivate face-to-face relationships. You can also follow training courses, and continue to do team building.

Communication between colleagues can take place in a streamlined and complete way even if you are not near your desk. In fact, there are many software for managing remote communications and which allow you to keep track of every conversation.

You can organize video calls with your team that go beyond simple business meetings. This can turn, for example, into coffee breaks to socialize informally with team members.

These are some useful tools for remote work:

  • Microsoft Teams
  • Slack
  • Asana
  • Google Hangouts
  • Zoom
  • GoToMeeting
  • Google GSuite
  • Cisco Webex Meetings
  • Teamviewer
Communication between colleagues can take place in a streamlined and complete way even if you are not near your desk. #remotework #smallbiztipster Click To Tweet

3. Remote Working Allows Household Chores

In the common imagination, the smartworker is often represented intent on doing domestic activities. For example, taking care of children, cleaning the house or cooking.

The real remote worker organizes his day very well to avoid distractions and interruptions related to the domestic or private sphere.

The important thing is to define a daily routine and establish precise rules for interacting with any other people in the family.

The real estate market is also moving in the direction of agile working. The requests for larger properties are increasing. People want a studio to place their workstation, without having to share common areas such as the living room or kitchen.

More than the exposure of the bedroom or the brightness of the kitchen, the level of comfort and the correct isolation of the room used as a professional studio are evaluated in the choice of the property.

People want a studio to place their workstation, without having to share common areas such as living room or kitchen. #workingfromhome Click To Tweet

The priority is to be able to work in a quiet environment, which favors concentration. We tend to move more rarely, but we also prefer renting to buying. This way, you can change your domicile more easily as soon as you come across a better offer. The watchword is flexibility. A concept that applies not only to working hours but also to the way of conceiving the home.

4. Remote Employees Have Plenty of Time to Take Care of Themselves

How many times have we heard it said:

“Now that I work in smart working I will surely have time to go to the gym” or
“I will finally be able to pursue my hobby”.

This too (unfortunately) is a false myth. The remote lifestyle is a lot more hectic and the workday is a lot busier.

Often those who work remotely lose contact with reality. They skip the lunch break, they do not interrupt the work routine with breaks, they tend to never disconnect.

Many times this burnout occurs because you feel the psychological pressure of having to demonstrate to your employer that, even from a distance, your production standards are kept high, effectively increasing work performance to the detriment of the personal sphere. Or because you are not able, as indicated above, to set limits and to organize the day correctly.

Often those who work remotely lose contact with reality. They skip the lunch break, they do not interrupt the work routine with breaks, they tend to never disconnect. #workingfromhome Click To Tweet
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How are you working remote today? Do you feel you are more productive or not? We’d love to discuss in the comments!

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