It takes just 20 seconds of eye contact to make a connection with someone and elevate your mood.
That’s nice, isn’t it? That something so simple can lift your entire mood and establish a genuine connection with another person.
But what about if you don’t get 20 seconds of eye contact with someone through your entire working day?
This is the potential challenge that can face some remote workers.
Loneliness and collaborating/communicating were tied for the top challenge remote workers face. 21% of remote workers named “loneliness” as their biggest struggle when working remotely, and 21% said collaborating/communicating was their biggest struggle.
Loneliness can have a hefty impact on performance, productivity and overall happiness. So how can we tackle this potentially debilitating problem?
Well in this blog, we discuss 5 tips on how you can feel connected and supported when working remotely. If you have others that you want to share, we’d love to hear them!
1) Use technology to bridge the social gap
Whether it’s a video call, instant messaging, or a quick catch up over Zoom, colleagues and work friends can be just a click away.
Make the time to catch up with your colleagues about things other than just work or projects. You wouldn’t think twice about doing so around the water cooler or kettle in a co-located office, so why should working remotely be any different? You’re right, it shouldn’t, so schedule that catch up.
2) Try a co-working space
While the peace and quiet of your home office is mostly welcome, some days humans just crave the presence of other humans. We are inherently social creatures who prefer the company of others and for that reason, co-working spaces are becoming increasingly popular and commonplace.
Simply , a co-working space offers a hired, office environment where people can work collaboratively in a shared area.
You could even consider organising with your other colleagues to work in one a few days a month, to reconnect and help reestablish relationships with your colleagues in a physical environment.
3) Develop healthy habits
Getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet is key to keeping life balanced, so creating healthy habits like going for a daily walk or going to the gym, can not only give you a helpful mood boost from endorphins, but it also give you a great opportunity to see and interact with people outside of your workspace.
While it can be challenging to find the time or sometimes the motivation, for these habits, they can make all the difference to your working day.
4) Try working somewhere else
Sometimes, we can invigorate our productivity and sense of connectivity simply through a change of scenery. Whether that is working in the garden one afternoon, (weather allowing) or heading to your local coffee shop for a few hours, giving yourself some variety can really help.
Sometimes, just changing our ‘normal’ routine is enough to help reconnect us to the world around us.
5) Visit your head office
If your company has a central office, make the time to visit periodically. It will not only help increase your visibility, but it gives you the chance to forge some relationships through face-to-face interaction and provide that break from that ‘normal’ routine discussed earlier.
Also, you can have those water cooler/kitchen chats in person for a change.
So, there you have it. 5 tips to help you feel connected and supported when working remotely.
Do you know of any other great tips you’d like to share with the rest of us? We’d love to hear them.