Remote Working: People in your Life

Remote Working: People in your Life

Next up for remote working after the basics and somewhere to work is how to keep your sanity when remote working.

Social Contact in the Office

What many remote workers don't take into account when they first start is how much value there is in some small amount of human contact each day.

Whether this is moaning about the weather when getting in, grabbing a coffee with a colleague on another team, talking about sport of films or a weekly team lunch, there are social interactions in the office every day.

Loneliness of the Remote Worker

But when you're working from home or away in a distant city you might have no-one you know around you.

For a few people, this isn't a problem, but most of us like some sort of social contact, be that long conversations, saying hello or just being around people.

Without it you may find yourself lonely, starting conversations with delivery people and anyone else who comes a knocking!

Change of Environment

If you just want some time around people get out of the house each day, be it for lunch in the park, a walk to the shops or some sort of group activity where there is no pressure to talk to people.

I try to go swimming and tried taking up yoga a one or two mornings a week before work. Both have people around but neither require much interaction.

Social Contact

If you want to chat then try lunch with friends or coffee at a cafe. Even on your own you can often find a member of staff or another local to chat to.

If you can find other remote workers in a similar field to meet with semi-regularly then you can talk shop and compare notes.

Office Substitutes

Or you can make your own office with people around, through co-working spaces or a similar arrangement. Although this costs money, you may be able to get your company to pay or claim it as an expense.

Another substitute is some sort of social chat through a Slack channel or Skype chat, be that text or video based.

If you have found something that works for you, leave a comment us know what it is!

 

 

Author

Duncan Thomson

A Remote Software and Database Contractor specialised in Umbraco, Duncan works from wherever he finds himself. He is the co-organiser of the Python Exeter and Data Science Exeter meetup groups and speaks about Remote Working, Umbraco, Python and .NET Outside of work he is keen on travel, random generation, foreign languages and good food.

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