The Advantages of Working Remotely
By Babysits, 5 min read
Working remotely has become a challenge that all of us are currently facing as many of us are working away from our traditional environment. Being thrown from your office surrounded by colleagues, to your home where it’s just you and your laptop may present some problems. But, every cloud has a single lining, and here are some reasons why working remotely can be great!
Advantages of Working Remotely
Being able to complete your job from home seriously has its perks. You don’t have to spend hours deciding what to wear (joggers will do), you get to constantly cuddle your pets, and most importantly, you get to raid your cupboard whenever you are getting peckish! Below are some of the best ways that remote working is better than you think.
Spend your commuting time differently
You have probably already noticed that you have waved goodbye to commuting costs and time. You’re probably saving money and are getting those precious 10 minutes extra in bed, however, it is still important to keep in a routine. Why not spend the time you would normally spend commuting reading a book? Or for the more energetic, you could get your daily run in!
There are plenty of useful ways to spend your extra time but don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone if you have that much-needed lie in…
Work in your own environment
Set up your own work environment just the way you like it! If you have siblings or a household of people, then you may want to keep a notice on the door to warn that you are not free for a chat or a game of football (even if you want to). To keep your work area productive, surround it with some of your favourite things; what about a picture or a plant to keep the area looking more like your usual office.
One major advantage is that you can quite often choose the noise levels! Put that music up high if you want to, or work in silence so you no longer have to listen to the droning radio which your colleague insists on putting on every day - you have the power! (unless there are kids or dogs around…). Dress up or dress down? Yep, you heard it! You can wear your cosey clothes and no one will judge you for that! It may be best to avoid PJs and put on something fairly smart, as getting dressed will make you feel ready for the day and be more productive! Or if you are having business video calls, make sure you are well dressed from at least the waist upwards...
No office distractions!
With that being said, it is still important to keep in contact with others and that includes work colleagues. Set up virtual meetings or have your lunch together. Letting people know that you are going on a break also helps you avoid being bombarded with tasks when you are taking you are trying to relax for 5 minutes or so.
If you are struggling to keep on top of work, then check out these home working tips.
Why Should You Include it in your CV?
You may not realise it, but being able to work from home with little direct supervision is a tough skill to master. Rather than just stating that you did remote working, try to include the skills that you learnt while working from home in your CV.
Time management is a versatile skill that most employers look for. It can be pretty easy to hear your alarm and just go back to sleep when you have nowhere physically to go. Or to lose track of real-time when doing tasks from home. So by demonstrating that you are able to stay organised and on track with time management is definitely a skill to highlight.
As you work remotely, you will find that now more than ever you will need to communicate well with your team and colleagues. Whatever profession you are in, you will still need to let others know how you are getting on. Therefore, communication is key! Whether it is over emails or in video calls, your communication is bound to improve.
Here are a few extra skills you may learn while working from home:
- Work-life balance
- Problem-solving and the list goes on!
How to Show your Work From Home Skills in an Interview
You can elaborate on this in an interview environment. Maybe you can explain whether you had to quickly think outside of the box to ensure that you could still drive sales or had to change the ways you communicated with others?
You could also talk about how you kept your spirits up, maybe you played virtual board games or quizzes with friends? Employers will be interested in this to find out more about your personality and how you overcome challenges, so it is something to definitely bring up!
So all in all, there are some pretty good reasons why you can embrace the work from home life. Good luck! Oh, if you don’t have a work from home job, why not get applying now?
Written by Rebecca Hart, an Online Marketer at StudentJob UK. If you are starting yourjob search but not sure where to start, then check out StudentJob. Our application tips will help you create an effective CV, cover letter and help you smash interviews!