The New York Times recently published an article on the rise of telecommuting. Telecommuting is being embraced by both men and women of various ages. The article also mentions that there are an increasing number of companies that are planning to offer work flexibility as an benefit to their employees.
Telecommuting isn’t going away anytime soon. It’s projected that by 2016, there will be 3.9 million remote workers.
So rather than going against the grain, you might consider going with the flow and learn how you can best prepare for a telecommuting workforce. We have a few tips on how you can prepare your business to accommodate a remote workforce:
After the conference, we all headed to Lake Tahoe for our first company retreat. The trip was fluid (and most of us are actually surprised and disappointed that it’s actually over), because there was a lot of planning involved. After all, we had team members fly in from the U.K. and the Midwest for this event. The trip had to be worth it, because who knows when we’ll ever get together again.
Company retreats for your distributed team are important. If your resources allow it, you should plan one at least once per year for your remote team. While you might see retreats as costly, they’re actually a huge investment in your team and could contribute to your company’s success. If you’re looking to organize a company retreat for your distributed team, here are a few tips:
The Sqwiggle 2014 Company Wide Extravaganza has officially come to a close and we wanted to share the highs, the lows, and everything in between! Hopefully this will come in handy when you’re planning your company’s next retreat.
I’ll let you in on a Sqwiggle secret: We have a very musically talented team.
For all you telecommuters and Sqwiggle users out there, we have a jam for you. We’re very excited to release our first music video, “Telecommuting”, made for your entertainment created by and starring our very own Michael Gutman.
Warning: This music video might get stuck in your head or cause humming while working.
Telecommuters are all too familiar with comments from critics saying, “I could never work from home. I’d never get anything done.”
It is hard to get work done if you’re not used to it. Working from home requires loads of discipline.
One of the key ways to becoming disciplined while working at home is creating your own routine. For example, changing out of your PJs might help get you into “work mode”, exercising in the morning could help you start planning your day, or meticulously mapping out your to-do list could increase your productivity while working at home.
The great thing about creating a routine while working at home is that it’s customized to your needs and preferences. We’re all different and have unique quirks and preferences to help us work. You should do whatever makes you productive.
I asked the Sqwiggle team what they did to keep themselves on task, and they revealed some really unique strategies. Here’s what they do to stay disciplined and productive while telecommuting.
This week, the Sqwiggle team is attending the Launch festival in San Francisco. This experience is special, not only because it’s the first tradeshow that we’ve done as a full company, but because it’s the first time our team has ever met in-person.
If you’re sitting there a bit confused, let me tell you a bit about our company in a nutshell: Sqwiggle is a virtual office and a remote collaboration tool. Also, as a company, we use our product every day. This means we have no central office (or an office at all), and we’re completely distributed. We have two employees in the U.K., two in the Midwest, and three in San Francisco. We work from anywhere we want, because we don’t have an office to tie us down.
Even though the Sqwiggle team sees and talks to each other every day, we’ve never stood in the same room together. That moment finally happened one day ago. Finally being able to gather together was surreal, but not in the way you’d think:
When you’re working at home, you don’t have to walk to your car, the bathroom is a lot closer, and you don’t even have to go outside if you don’t want to. While these things are convenient as an employee and are the benefits of working at home, it can also cause you to burn less calories and promotes a sedentary lifestyle.
This problem could be solved by just going to the gym or to heading out for a run, but those forms of exercise are typical and can be boring. There are other ways you could stay active while telecommuting to get your heart going. As they say, “A quick workout is better than no workout.” So get off your butt and try out these activities:
Regardless of whether you’re working in an office or at home, most employees spend a considerable amount of time on their butts sitting in front of a computer. If your workstation isn’t ergonomic, it can cause you physical pain and other problems in the future.
Unlike an in-office environment, where a workstation and chair is provided for you, when you’re working in a home office, you have to build one yourself. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing—you get to create your own office to fit your physical and design needs.
Considering that you’re going to be working at your desk for hours on end, your workstation isn’t something you should skimp on. Your body depends on it.