The trend of people working from home nowadays is increasing. However, the practice is still somewhat new in the Philippines. Because of this, most Filipinos are still adjusting during the pandemic. Employees may be unaware but there are skills needed in order to fully cope with remote work. If your company recently implemented a remote work setting, here’s a list of skills that will help you achieve efficiency:

1. Be technologically literate.

Working from home relies on the use of technology and gadgets. Thus, we must know how to use and maximize certain digital tools. Being technologically knowledgeable is at the top of the list because we use technology in almost all activities of remote work. We will attend meetings online and communicate with colleagues and clients via e-mails. Even handling paper works will now be fully digital in a remote setting. If this skill is absent, we may be wasting valuable time and sacrificing results.

2. Manage your time wisely.

Even though the set-up is work from home, remote jobs may still lead to burnout.  The majority agree that 8-10 hours of work is already common in the Philippines but most still find remote work more mentally draining. Employees sit in front of computers for hours and overwork at times. To add to that, surely there are household chores that need to be done within the day that contributes to physical stress. By managing schedules and prioritizing duties, you can lessen the burden of your work at the same time increase efficiency.

3. Keep an open communication.

Collaboration is still needed in a virtual workspace particularly when separated by distance. Nowadays, we all rely on e-mails and calls to relay messages.  Written communication skills are needed in report compositions to maintain professionalism. Be sure to take note of the do’s and don’ts of formal messaging. Learn various writing tips too, if you must, in order for your e-mails to be more effective. Oral communication must also be developed, especially since video conferencing is now being used and the skill must adapt with the tool. These communication skills give way to building solutions and ideas while in the digital workspace.

4. Always stay focused.

Working from home has its own set of distractions like pets, noise, or even Netflix. So, as much as possible, you must instill focus and assign an area solely for your workspace to limit diversions. Furthermore, have your gadgets and other work-related resources organized too to sharpen focus and improve efficiency. Take note that interruptions can’t be always avoided but determine if the distraction can be handled immediately or not.

5. Be patient and adapt accordingly.

Remote work brings out a lot of unexpected situations. Internet connection problems are common. One thing I’ve learned from experience is that dealing with the issue with temper never solves anything. Instead, be prepared by having a backup connection and keep in mind who to contact whenever the problem arises. Additionally, misunderstandings or miscommunications between colleagues are likely to happen. It usually takes more time and effort to handle such situation when no in-person interaction is involved. Work problems are inevitable but always remember not to panic and have the patience to solve the issue together.

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By: N. Quizon
Worky Online Contributor

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