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The Top Habits of Highly Effective Remote Employees

May 4, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn

More and more, businesses are electing to have employees work remotely. Businesses are finding that, when implemented correctly, remote employees are more productive and more satisfied than employees who spend all their time in an office. Businesses have found that they can save time and increase productivity simply by letting employees work from home or a virtual office . There are, however, some potential pitfalls associated with remote work. Remote employees that want to be highly effective should make developing a few of these important habits a priority.


Maintaining a certain level of communication is easy when two people work in the same office. For remote employees, however, communication can be more complicated. Technological innovations have made communication much easier, but it still takes some effort to make sure you're on the same page as the rest of your team. Highly effective remote employees will often reach out for updates at regular intervals. By doing so, they make sure they are always operating with updated information. An added benefit of regular communication is that these remote employees don't fall victim to the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality among managers that can negatively affect their chances of a raise or promotion.


Highly effective remote employees make great use of technology. Technology is what has enabled many employees to work remotely, and is a fundamental aspect of the process. Staying up-to-date with technological advances can help increase productivity which adds value to the business and saves time. Highly effective remote employees will use technology to communicate, collaborate, and organize the remote work process. Remote employees who don't utilize technology typically waste a lot of time.


Remote employees tend to have a greater level of organizational responsibility than office employees do. It's important to make sure all files and documents are kept where other members of the business or organization can have easy access. It's also important to make sure there are backups for everything, because a technological malfunction on the remote employees end can severely affect the entire business. Highly effective remote employees understand this, and take the proper steps to make sure everything is kept up-to-date, in the right locations, and protected against potential setbacks. Setting up a system of organization will help save time, money, and headaches down the line, should problems ever arise.


Discipline is probably the most important habit for a remote employee to develop if he or she wants to be highly effective. Because remote work offers the greatest level of freedom for employees, there is often a temptation for them to be more casual than they'd otherwise be. Some people, when presented with the prospect of working from home, think they will be spending more time watching TV in their pajamas. However, in order to be a highly effective and productive remote employee, it's a good idea to get dressed, set a schedule and stick to it, and avoid distractions. Even though discipline can be difficult to develop, these simple strategies will go a long way in making any remote employee more effective.