This is how the transition to remote work succeeds


    One of the most significant job changes resulting from the pandemic has been the cross-economic shift to remote working away from the traditional office environment.

    Many companies that never offered it now have a remote working option. Some companies that were considering working partially remotely have pulled the trigger and transferred their workforce to full-time.

    And unless you work in an industry that really can’t do remote work (e.g. restaurant servers or retail workers), or you’re employed by a company that was stuck in 1998, remote work may be your new reality.

    For a lot of people this is great news. However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any adjustments in your transition to working remotely.

    If remote working is or could be part of your new routine, we have some suggestions.

    8 things we learned about transitioning to permanent remote work

    1. Make sure you actually want to work remotely

    It is not for everyone.

    While it’s a growing trend, some people still don’t like working remotely. According to the Pew Research Center, only 54% of people whose jobs can be done from home said they want to work remotely after the COVID wore off. That’s a majority, but not a lot.

    Working remotely has several advantages. So spend a lot of time thinking through the professionals – no commuting, more concentration and productivity, more efficient meetings, more family time, among other things. And then think about the cons – less chance, no talking to water coolers, the potential for feeling isolated, and so on.

    Depending on your personality type, you may be successful or really have difficulty working remotely. Know yourself and how you might react before making the permanent jump.

    2. Talk to your employer about working remotely

    So you got a taste of remote working last year, got hooked, and then your employer decided it was time to get everyone on the team back together. What should i do?

    If you really want to work remotely, there is nothing wrong with asking. Your boss might not be on the same page, but it never hurts to ask, right?

    The key is to prepare before the interview. Prove you’ve been more productive in a remote setting and bring the data with you to show it. Know your employer’s reasoning and be ready to counter it. And make sure you explain all the ways that they benefit, not just you.

    3. Know the basics of working remotely

    Here is a quick checklist of all the tools to think about when working remotely:

    • Computer setup (with access to video calls)
    • High speed internet
    • Telephone (landline, if in an industry such as sales)
    • Headset and microphone
    • teacher’s desk
    • Comfortable office chair
    • Two monitors
    • Office supplies
    • Power strip
    • Good lighting (for zoom calls)
    • Shelf or organization system

    Maybe you just need some of these things. However, make sure you have at least a few of these home office basics before you move on to working remotely.

    4. Get reimbursed for the initial costs

    Whether it’s a new laptop, faster internet, a decent desk, or a rented room for personal meetings, make sure you don’t put these financial burdens on yourself.

    Most employers know they need to take care of these for their remote workers, but some who are smaller or are moving to remote workers may let them through the cracks. Whether it’s a first-time grant, a refund, or a payment through an expense account, your employer should pay the bill.

    Do not hesitate to pay these costs yourself. After all, your employer would pay for everything in a traditional office setting. This should not change with the switch to remote work.

    5. Your internet speed will be important

    Between email and normal web browsing and streaming and all those video calls, your internet connection becomes more important than ever. It should not only be fast, but also stable.

    Start by testing your internet speed. Then use our guidelines for the speeds you need to use different applications. If you’re missing the speed department, speak to your employer about upgrading.

    If your provider’s speeds are lacking, or if you live in part of the country with no access to faster speeds, we have ideas on how to keep in touch with other team members.

    6. Know if you are eligible for tax deductions

    Yes, you can claim a tax deduction if you work from home. But as you would expect in tax law, there are some regulations.

    If you are a regular employee, you are not qualified unless you also have self-employment income. In other words, the income you earn from your full-time employment is not deductible. All you’ve done as a freelancer is.

    The room you work in also has to be your main place of business, but you don’t have to set up a completely separate room for your work.

    However, these are just a few of the qualifications. If you already know these, check out the others to see if you can get the remote working tax deduction.

    7. Consider job hunting if your job is not far away

    How important is it to you to be able to work remotely?

    When taking the plunge to remote working, weigh the pros and cons of staying at or leaving your current workplace. Everything from income, work-life balance, flexibility, stability, family time and more should go into your decision.

    After you’ve figured it all out, when you’re ready to take the step, prepare for the interview with these 9 remote interview questions.

    8. Contact companies that offer remote work

    Once you’re in the market, it helps to understand your remote working options.

    While some companies may be new to managing remote workforce after a pandemic, many have been working remotely for some time. Here are 31 companies with remote workplaces.

    Finally, when you make the jump, just enjoy the transition. For many people, working remotely is a life changing factor. If it works for you and suits your personality, you will likely never want to return to a traditional office again.

    Robert Bruce is a senior writer for The Penny Hoarder.

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