Messy and cluttered desks tend to get a bad rap. However, is it really a bad thing?
I’m definitely guilty of having a messy desk. I can’t help it. I tend to pull out books, scribble on papers, and sip on coffee, water, and tea (yes, all three) as I work. At the end of the day, my desk is covered in, well, stuff.
Not actually my desk, but to give you an idea.
Did you know that sitting at your desk can change your expected lifespan and increase your chance of a heart attack? All from just sitting. That’s some scary stuff. Of course, this only applies if you use poor posture at work.
This could affect telecommuters even more because their commute is anywhere from 2-5 minutes long (unless you also want to consider the number of times the “Snooze” button is hit, then that would make it longer). Remote workers have to make the extra effort to get their bodies moving since they don’t have to go outside to go to their job.
The holidays are filled with gatherings. Not only are people getting together with friends and family, but folks in the office are also throwing parties and potlucks to spread the holiday cheer.
Telecommuters shouldn’t be left out of experiencing company parties or holiday fun just because you’re all in different locations. It only means you need to get a little creative to celebrate. Use some of these holiday ideas to inspire your distributed team’s celebration:
It’s getting cold out there, and I know the weather is getting more and more unbearable as the days pass. It’s not a surprise that telecommuting is on the mind more often, because the chilliness is starting to really set in.
In this week’s telecommuting news, people are choosing to work from home instead of facing blizzards, the Office of Personnel Management reminded federal agencies to encourage teleworking this winter, and a new USB drive is now being used to provide telecommuters with a secure environment while they work from home. Also, the Mobile Work Exchange is asking people to pledge for Telework Week 2014 and a Frenchman returned home after living an extremely remote life, spending 40 days working on a remote Indonesian island.
I recently read a book called Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. It discussed our innate and irrational, yet predictable nature when it comes to our perceived value of things. It was a great read and really got me thinking about the power of “free” and how it can be used to our advantage.
This post is by guest contributor Jamie Wagner from thisbythem.com.
Focus is becoming more and more scarce these days. Even as I’m writing this, distractions dance around on my screen inviting me to rummage through the basement of YouTube or the rabbit holes of Reddit. Someone just tweeted. Homeland is on. I just got re-tweeted. The dog needs to go out.
Whether you work from home, office or coffee shop, distractions hide in plain sight. Discipline does its best to keep these at bay, but discipline alone isn’t enough.
In walks the Pomodoro Technique. Cool. Calm. Collected.
Unfortunately, most of us have been there. Many of us have been exposed to or have worked for a manager who is a micromanager. Micromanaging frequently causes failure because it decreases employee motivation and team momentum.
Why do people micromanage, you might wonder? Many of the reasons are issues rooted in the manager. Micromanagers could be insecure about letting go of their previous job, be a control freak, or have trust issues.
Telecommuting isn’t a one-size-fits-all type of working situation, unfortunately. While many people enjoy the flexibilities of being able to work-from-home, it’s not for everyone.
When I tell people that I work remotely every day, they’re always really surprised. It’s not that they believe it’s a terrible way of working, but they always try to put themselves in my shoes and imagine at how unproductive they would be if they were me.
And it’s true—being telecommuter daily requires a lot of focus and discipline. If you can’t resist not turning on the TV or cleaning the house while at home, well, maybe telecommuting isn’t for you. If you find one or some of the following items to be true for you, you may want to reconsider asking your boss to let you telecommute.
Oh, and everything is illustrated with a cat picture. Why? Why not!
We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday and are having a relaxing Friday. The Sqwiggle blog had a really exciting month and had a lot of great posts. Catch up with us!
Does your company consider the Friday after Thanksgiving, the night before and after Christmas and New Year’s Eve a holiday? Many do not. If you want to enjoy time with your friends and family on these days employees are forced to take vacation days.