What are the elements that make a home office conducive for remote work? The author explains that it is always important to have a quiet and tidy workspace. This communicates to hiring managers that you have the ability to focus and stay organized in a remote office setting.
- If you live in a studio apartment with your three dogs, and a roommate that likes to have band practice at 11 AM, remote hiring managers might be a bit skeptical of your abilities to get work done at home. In this video, you will learn what remote hiring managers will expect from a home office, and a few tips on keeping your home office a happy and healthy place to stay productive. First off, for most remote jobs, a computer and an internet connection are required. So yes, having a computer that has strong access to the internet is essential.
Next, you'll want to find a space that is nice and quiet. The last thing you want is to be on a phone call and have your boss hear TV noise, your roommates, or dishes being done in the background. So, if possible, find a place where you can shut the door so you can keep things quiet in an important meeting. In my case, if there's someone using the vacuum in the living room, I'll just go to my bedroom and shut the door, or go to my outside patio. You'll also want to make sure this place is well-lit. It may seem like a minor factor, however, studies have shown that people are just more productive in a well-lit place.
It can also help for video conferencing. For me, it's just easier on my eyes, it makes staring at the computer all day that much more tolerable. Most importantly, my office is generally a happier place for me to spend time. Once you have your computer and internet set up in a quiet, well-lit space, you'll need to be prepared to communicate with your team. This can often involve video conferencing or making some phone calls. For example, you might have a video interview for a remote position some day, and because many companies and hiring managers have various forms of preferred communications, it helps if you have a phone, a camera, a microphone, so you're prepared to communicate on their terms, plus, it gives you an opportunity during the interview process to showcase your experience with a variety of tools.
I also find that having a nice pair of headphones with a built-in mic helps me sound nice and clear while on a conference call. Just make sure you don't breathe too hard on the microphone, that can be a bit bad etiquette, and a bit distracting to the others. I also make sure to have a work environment that is clean and presentable. Just because I work from home, does not give me an excuse to be a complete slob. I don't want to be video conferencing with my boss and get questioned about the stack of empty soda cans in the bookshelf behind my desk, and you especially don't want that in an interview.
Staying organized in your office will keep your space ready for work, and you will get the added pleasure of entering a clean room every time you enter the office, which is just that much more inviting. Finally, I like to treat myself to a comfortable and healthy work environment. Since I spend a good chunk of time at my home office, I make sure to have comfy chair to sit in that supports my back. If you can, choose an office that has a window, so you can open it up on a nice day, really just to get some fresh air. I also have a plant in my home office, which helps me to remember to go outside once in a while.
This is your office, so remember to customize it to fit a happy and healthy lifestyle of your choice. I have definitely been the guy who has been video conferencing with his boss in a loud, poorly-lit coffee shop with children screaming in the background, let's just say I didn't win any awards for that performance. So, if you stick to these best practices, you should be in awesome shape.
- Preparing for your remote job hunt
- Setting up a productive workspace
- Finding remote jobs
- Avoiding scams
- Crafting a remote resume
- Interviewing for a remote job
- Negotiating salary
- Staying motivated