Now I want to share a few points to consider, or pieces of advice, for anyone contemplating joining the ranks of the remote work force.
Points to consider:
Exercise trust. It’s been said that distance breeds mistrust. When there is distance, we fill the gaps in our information based on how much we trust our team and leaders. Work hard to build and maintain that trust within yourself.
Talk about it. Keep the lines of communication open with your leader, your team, and even your family. This work/life style impacts each of them in some way, so be ready to discuss how you’ll manage the pitfalls and maximize the perks.
Be honest. Invite feedback, and offer it authentically. Be open about the struggles you, your team, and your leader are facing in relation to this situation.
Be flexible. No matter how much you prepare for what you think remote life is like, something is bound to surprise you. Be ready for changes in communication, technology, schedules, etc.
Know yourself. Remote life is not for the faint of heart. Go into it with open eyes. Know yourself, and consider whether you could succeed in the remote environment. This depends on your work style, job requirements, personality, and family life. Acknowledge your own potential perks and pitfalls. Also consider your team and leader, and what it would be like for them to work with a non-local team member.