Have you experienced that moment of hesitation when you tell someone you work from home? Joan Davis has. For some reason this lowers people’s faith in your ability to do the job. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Davis acknowledges that there are several challenges that come with working from home, mainly relationship building, communication strategy, common understanding, and team engagement.
The best way to overcome these challenges is to open communication with a personal touch. Initiate a phone call or video chat, and maintain this connection throughout the project. Also, look for a way to find other’s input and facilitate a discussion. There are a variety of online tools you can use, whether you need an online whiteboard or a virtual breakout session.
True, you won’t be running into your coworkers for chitchat at the water cooler, but that doesn’t mean your relationship has to be lacking. Through collaboration tools and regular communication, working from home isn’t what it once was. Lose the stereotypes and gain communication. You won’t even have to leave your house to do it.