Tips for Working Remotely From People Who Do it All the Time


March 12, 2020·14 min read

More and more companies are offering flexible working options or going fully remote. We answer all of your biggest questions about working remotely.

Google. Microsoft. Facebook. Amazon. LinkedIn. HP. Twitter. Airbnb. They’ve all asked at least part of their workforce to work from home in light of the current health situation.

More companies are likely to follow—maybe even yours.

If you’ve never worked from home or don’t do so regularly, it can be a big switch.

Many Vidyard employees regularly work remotely. That’s why we’ve put together our top tips for working remotely—and continuing to be just as (if not more) effective as you are in the office.

  1. Contents
  2. 1.What is Remote Work?
  3. 2.What Are Some Benefits of Working Remotely?
  4. 3.What’s the Best Work From Home Office Setup?
  5. 3.1Choose a Dedicated Work Space and Establish Boundaries
  6. 3.2Mimic Your In-Office Setup as Much as Possible
  7. 3.3Try Moving Around
  8. 4.How Do I Collaborate with Coworkers When Working Remotely?
  9. 4.1Always Turn Your Video On
  10. 4.2Let People Know When You’re Available
  11. 4.3Be Responsive
  12. 5.How Can I Be a Successful Remote Employee?
  13. 5.1Establish a Routine
  14. 5.2Don’t Forget to Feed Yourself (Yes, Seriously)
  15. 5.3Separate Work and Home Tasks
  16. 5.4Think About the Experience and Be Inclusive of Everyone
  17. 6.How Do I Manage Remote Working with My Duties as a Parent?
  18. 6.1Let Colleagues Know About Possible Disruptions in Advance
  19. 6.2Teach Your Kids to Say Hello
  20. 7.What Remote Working Tools Do I Need?
  21. 7.1Google Suite for Remote Access and Collaboration
  22. 7.2Slack to Keep in Touch
  23. 7.3Zoom to Give Meetings a More Human Touch
  24. 7.4Vidyard for Asynchronous Communications
  25. 8.How Do I Manage Remote Employees (or Teams)?
  26. 8.1Check in Often
  27. 8.2Make Sure Everyone’s Included

What is Remote Work?

The number of people who work from home has increased 173% since 2005 and a whopping 4.7 million employees now work from home at least half the time, according to Global Workplace Analytics. Plus, 40% more U.S employers now offer flexible workplace options than they did five years ago.

As this trend increases, you may find yourself trying to understand what it is. There’s no better place to start than a remote work definition.

What is remote work? It’s when employees work from home or another location other than a traditional office space. Formerly referred to as “telecommuting” or “virtual work,” remote work is still often used synonymously with “working from home.”

For many people, working remotely means working from home, though not for everyone. Some employees work remotely while traveling or on the road. Some do so out of coworking spaces.

Why do people work remotely? Top reasons include better work-life balance, increased productivity or better focus, less stress, and avoiding a commute, according to OwlLab’s State of Remote Work.

The degree to which people work remotely can vary widely, both between companies and individuals. These are a few of the most common terms to know:

  • Fully Remote Companies: Every employee at these organizations works remotely because the business does not have a physical office at all.
  • Hybrid Remote Companies: These companies offer a physical office space, but also give employees the option to work remotely or alternate between. These organizations typically have tech and tools in place to support this flexibility (such as the use of laptops and cloud-based software).
  • Non-Remote Companies: These organizations require employees to be physically in office to do their work. Often more traditional, they may have employees work from the office as a matter of policy or necessity (for instance, employees may use desktop computers and cannot access their files outside of the office).
  • Fully Remote Workers: Employees who remotely as the default, though they may come into the office occasionally (say for a kickoff or important in-person meeting).
  • Part-Time Remote Workers: Employees who work remotely frequently, for instance on designated days of the week.
  • On-Site Workers: Employees who always come into the business’ physical location to do their work.
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