The importance of owning your work
1. The right or condition of self-government
As a remote worker, it’s critical that you have a strong sense of autonomy. With no boss looking over your shoulder or co-worker one desk away cheering you on, you have to own your work. To set up for success, let’s take a look at two factors:
- Your work ethic
- Your ability to think critically
Your work ethic is key to working remotely. You have to want to do good work and put in a little extra effort to show it. How do we do that? By being on time, communicating effectively, being productive and collaborating with style.
Thinking critically means being able to solve issues as they arise, using systems and processes along the way so you’re not always pinging off emails to ask questions. (Although, questions are good! Just not every five-minutes…)
Here at Pointer, all of our staff are remote. We encourage autonomy by
- Starting our employees off with a bang with an onboarding session, delving into how things are done, where things are kept and what to do when we run into those inevitable problems. A great onboarding means clear expectations are set, excellent tools are provided and guidelines are put into place so everyone is ready to rock and roll.
- Making sure all staff have access to the systems and processes that make our company tick.
- I make videos recording my computer desktop screen, where I go through how I access portals and shared systems with step by step instructions. This gives my employees somewhere to turn when they come up against a wall and means less logistical sorting from both parties. I am basically a YouTube star.
Pick up top hacks about working autonomously and more juicy, remote working information with our fabulous Remote Work e-Course. This online training delves into how to get the most out of working from afar and sets you up for success from your home office.
Work your way!
Jo Palmer, founder of Pointer Remote Roles
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