One survey of more than 3,100 businesspeople revealed that over 51% of them considered working from home to be a dream scenario. The freedom and flexibility it provides can make you a much happier, stress-free worker. But working from home also comes with a unique set of distractions that can make it harder for you to maintain consistent productivity. The temptation to do house chores, snack on junk food, or watch TV are challenges you wouldn’t normally face in a traditional office setting. However, there are several simple ways you can stay focused and motivated – here are 5 tips that can help you maximize your productivity when working at home:
Let’s set the scene: you’re off to run some morning errands and decide to stop into your favorite coffee shop for a quick pick-me-up or a bagel for the road. Whether this is a one-off occurrence or if you’re a regular, you’ve certainly come across at least a few people a day who are tucked away in a corner, diligently pattering away at their laptops.
Remote teams have been growing in number. In the U.S., the percentage of remote workers has increased from 9% in 1995 to 37% in 2015. This new business model has a lot of incredible benefits: being able to cull talent from around the world regardless of location, financial savings (no office building, etc.), and the convenience of everyone working their own hours rather than being crunched into the 9-5 workday.
While many remote workers report increased job satisfaction, what about those responsible for coordinating such teams?