4 Situations When Remote Workers Need Some Face Time
I’ve been a “remote worker” for almost 10 years now. I live in California and have had employers and clients all over the country. I work from home about 95 days out of 100. But, as you can see from the photo, my roll-aboard is pretty beat up. This is because there are some circumstances that call for a personal appearance. So, fellow remote workers, you might want to get on a plane if….
New or Complex Information
If the rest of the team is getting together to discuss a significant change in company strategy or to unveil a brand new product, you might want to get on a plane. Complicated information is more difficult to absorb if you are not physically with the person who is presenting it. Remote meetings can be very productive, but in these special situations, remote workers need to get themselves in the best position to ask questions, observe body language and convey your opinions. How others react to information can be important and you might miss it if you aren’t there.
You Must be Understood
The reverse is also true. If you have new or complex information to share, you might want to browse over to Orbitz. In the event that you need to be absolutely sure that your message is understood, your best bet is to be there.
There is an Opportunity to Interact with Customers
The idea that it is important to be close to the customer applies to you too. So, if you have the chance to interact with clients one-on-one or at an event, pull out the old roll-aboard. But, “Wait!” you say, “I’m in Accounts Payable.” It doesn’t matter. Understanding what is important to your customers and getting to know them will make you better at your job. Any job. It will also convey to your employer that you take the customer experience seriously and are willing to invest in it.
Your Colleagues Have Forgotten What You Look Like
If it’s been so long since you visited the office that you don’t remember where it is, it’s time to go. Even if there is no other compelling reason, it is just a good idea to show up once in a while. Remote workers need that opportunity to reconnect with the people who rely on you, support you and sign your check. People are getting much better at working with and managing remote employees, but it is still important to remind them that you aren’t just a voice on the phone or an author of emails. Show up. It’s good for your career.
So, remote workers how often do you find your way to the office?