Raymond Lee

Raymond Lee

Remote Work: 4 Things You May Not Have Considered

Career development

Remote work: 4 things you may not have considered

Artwork by: Alexandra Shevchenko

  • You Might Still Work Traditional Hours

Many companies spent 2020 developing a remote work policy on the fly, and most of them are planning on keeping those roles and programs for the long haul.

If you’ve never worked remotely, there are many considerations and adjustments you may not have thought about before. Your overall success and happiness in a remote role depends on two factors: Your own preparation for the role and the company’s preparation for remote culture.

Because there’s no one set way to “do” remote work, the actual experience can vary wildly depending on the organization. Here are some things you may need to consider about yourself - and about your potential employer - to make a remote adjustment as smooth as possible.

You Might Still Work Traditional Hours

Many people still think that working from home means selecting your own schedule. As we’ve seen this year, that is not necessarily true. Before taking a remote position you should learn about your team’s schedule, and what their expectations are for you.

Fully remote companies also often have team members in multiple time zones. This might mean you are expected to work outside the normal 9-5 in order to accommodate those gaps. 

As you apply to different companies, be sure to consider your own schedule and what sort of flexibility you need from your next role.

Raymond Lee

Raymond Lee

Raymond Lee has over 25 years of human resource, outplacement, and career coaching experience. He is also an industrial/organizational psychologist and a certified retirement coach.  Raymond has contributed to SHRM, ATD, and other publications on the topics of the future of work, employee experience and offboarding, ageism and bias in the workplace, and career fulfillment.