With the unprecedented spread of Coronavirus or COVID-19, having the right skills to work remotely has become vitally important for a business. Having the skills is one thing, but being prepared is another. Today we look at a few tips on how best to handle working remotely.
Another keyword that is growing is “agility”. Agile working is being able to work anywhere at any time. When you study online, you learn the skills needed for agile and remote working. Software developers who learn online are suited amazingly well to working remotely. And, as of right now, their demand has skyrocketed even further.
So, if you are a software developer who has been asked to work from home, you must keep your productivity high and get the job done. Here are a few tips to help you stay on the right track.
If you’ve been trusted to work from home, then you must treat it with the respect it deserves. Therefore, your workspace must allow you to be as creative and efficient as you need to be. If you are working from home, you must have a designated workspace. Somewhere that is away from distractions like television, computer games, cleaning, etc.
This spot needs to be for your work. It has to be spacious enough to cater to your typical workday. Ideally, it shouldn’t be in your bedroom or your kitchen, and it should be a spot that you can ignore when you’re not on work time.
If you are working remotely, it is also essential to have the right equipment to do your job. Many companies ensure that you will have the required stationary, fast-enough broadband, and anything else that’s needed.
Break down your day
Working to a schedule is very important. Plan your day and ensure that you are reaching your goals when you should be.
Dress for work
While working from home may send you visions of somebody sitting around in their tracksuit, it’s important to dress for work. It separates your rest time with work time. Don’t allow yourself to get lazy.
Communicate, communicate, communicate
It’s important to stay in touch with the outside world. Therefore, attending industry and networking events is important too. Obviously, with COVID-19, the advice around physical networking will depend on the recommendations of your health department. However, with the spread of Coronavirus, we will now see more online networking opportunities emerge. Embrace them, join them, and enjoy them.
Arrange regular stand-ups with your team
If you’re not prepared for remote working, there can be an instance of cabin fever. To avoid this, maintain regular contact with your work colleagues. Arrange regular updates for your team leaders or managers, and I would also suggest a daily afternoon stand-up or work-in-progress meeting with your entire team. This can be done easily through Google hangouts or other such technology.
Know when to stop
It’s vital to stop working at the end of your workday. Make sure not to turn your entire home into a workspace. We recommend a designated zone in which to work. Finish work when you’re supposed to finish work, and don’t bring it home after that!
How Code Institute supports working remotely
Remote working is prevalent among software developers. Because it primarily involves working online, it’s ripe for people to work globally. Code Institute’s full-stack software development programme is online only. Our students and programmers learn to work remotely by dedicating the appropriate time for this programme. More importantly, they learn the skills to work in an agile environment. By using our Slack community, they also learn to collaborate, and by using our tutors and mentors, they learn how to take direction in a shared online environment.