7 Common challenges when working from home (Video)
Working from home may be a dream for some, but a struggle for others - depending on one's ability to manage time, stay focused, and limit life's everyday distractions. Remote work can be great and very productive, but it doesn't come without its challenges and some getting used to.
Over the last few weeks, The Diversified Companies has moved most of its employees to work remotely. Here are 7 of the most common challenges that some of Diversified's WFH employees have experienced...
Finding a new groove: Creating a new and comfortable routine apart from your office experience can be difficult. You replace a morning commute with walking to your living room and have to find the motivation to start your day. It's crucial to take the initiative to build your own structured schedule and follow it, because you no longer have anyone tell you it's time to get to work!
Constant interruptions: It's easy to get distracted when you're working from home, and you may not be as productive as you'd be in a traditional work setting. Normal everyday distractions like kids, pets, cell phones, etc. can cause some interruption in your workflow, leading to procrastination or slacking off. At the office, these distractions are limited, and distractions can get worse if you are not good at following a strict schedule and being self-motivated.
Lack of human interaction: Working by yourself all day can naturally lead to feeling isolated from the rest of the working world. Obviously, there are no coworkers in your home office, so socializing is at a minimum compared to what you are used to. If you are typically used to working with a team and bouncing ideas off others, remote working can be pretty lonely and slightly frustrating at times.
Technological issues: At the office, there are designated people who it's there job to troubleshoot and solve any problems with technology. At home, you are your own IT tech! Problems with technology may not get resolved as fast as they did at the office since you will probably have to make a couple of phone calls and send a few emails to get an answer on how to fix it. This can cause some pauses in production and therefore make it more difficult to work remotely.
Communication challenges: Although we may speak with our colleagues through miscellaneous phone calls, video chats, and emails, it may be hard to reach people quickly when you need them. Mediated communication isn't always as productive as face-to-face communication, and clearly, we are not experiencing much of that working from home. It's possible for messages sent over text or email to be misinterpreted or even take hours for someone to get back to you with an answer you need quickly.
Keeping yourself motivated: Managing one's own work is hard enough, and working remotely means you need to become an expert at time management and self-discipline. Without other coworkers or your boss around to constantly hold you accountable, you may not be as productive when working from home. Prioritizing your work over all of the interruptions and distractions of one's own life is something we all have to master and overcome once we learn what keeps us focused.
Finding a healthy work-life balance: When you work from home, your office is where you live, so your personal life and your work are both under the same roof. As a result, it can be harder to switch off and tell yourself enough is enough. For some, it has been a struggle to remember to do normal things like to take breaks, eat, and go to the bathroom. When you have an office routine, it's easier to leave what you do at the workplace, and not find yourself finishing small tasks throughout the night.
Andrew Rowen, one of Diversified's Senior Specialists, created this parody skit to demonstrate some of the everyday challenges people might face while working from home. Ironically, Andrew has actually been Diversified's #1 Agent since the #COVID-19 pandemic hit and WFH began, making the most sales of any other agent while selling over the phone remotely.
Agents, if you find yourself doing these things when selling from your home, you should probably reevaluate your strategy!
Are you an Insurance Agent who the Coronavirus pandemic has affected your ability to work out in the field? Visit our website and apply today to hop on board with our tried and tested program, and start selling over the phone from your home with Diversified!