15 Ways to Succeed as a Remote Employee: Tips for Success in South Africa

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15 Ways to Succeed as a Remote Employee: Tips for Success in South Africa

Since RecruitMyMom started in 2012, remote and hybrid working has increased in many industries, offering flexibility and convenience to employees and independent contractors. To succeed as a remote employee, adopting habits and strategies that ensure productivity, reliability, and effective communication is essential. Here are 15 tips to help you become a valued remote working employee, with special considerations for South Africa.


1. Create a Dedicated Workspace. 

Creating a specific work area helps you stay organised and focused. Ensure your workspace is comfortable, quiet, and free from distractions. This will help you maintain a professional mindset and increase productivity. For working moms, having a dedicated separate workspace lets you establish boundaries with your children. Ensure this space has excellent internet connectivity.


2. Invest in Reliable Technology. 

A stable internet connection is crucial for seamless communication and efficient work. Invest in a fast, reliable fibre internet line so as to satisfy your clients and colleagues. Ask for feedback on the quality of your connection.


3. Maintain Regular Working Hours. 

Stick to a consistent schedule to create a routine and build trust with your employer. Ensure you are contactable during these hours and promptly communicate any changes in availability. This reliability fosters trust and shows your commitment to the job.


4. Set Clear Goals and Prioritise Tasks

Work with your manager to set clear, achievable goals. Prioritise and communicate your tasks daily to ensure you meet deadlines and deliver business-impacting results. Use tools like to-do lists or digital task managers to keep track of your responsibilities.


5. Communicate Proactively

Effective communication is critical in a remote work environment. Regularly update your team on your achievements, progress and any potential issues. Use various communication tools such as email, instant messaging, and video calls to stay connected and ensure everyone is on the same page. Over-communicate if you have to, to demonstrate your output.


6. Be Disciplined and Self-Motivated

Remote work requires a high level of discipline. To stay motivated, set personal goals and celebrate small achievements. Avoid constant distractions by turning off non-work messenger notifications using apps that block social media or other time-wasting websites during work hours.


7. Deliver Measurable Results

Set key performance indicators (KPIs) for your tasks with your manager to ensure measurable productivity. Track your work and report your progress to your employer. This transparency helps build trust and demonstrates your efficiency and reliability. Do not see productivity measurement as micro-managing; see it as essential to building trust with your employer.


8. Enhance Your Skills Continuously

Take advantage of online courses and training programs to improve your skills. Staying updated with industry trends and acquiring new knowledge can make you more valuable to your employer and help you advance in your career.


9. Keep a Professional Attitude

Even though you work from home, maintaining a professional demeanour is essential. Dress appropriately for video calls, and be punctual to start work and arrive for virtual meetings. A professional attitude enhances your credibility and respects your colleagues and clients.


10. Build Strong Relationships

Be proactive in fostering strong relationships with your team by engaging in relationship-building virtual coffee breaks or team-building activities. Building rapport with colleagues helps create a supportive work environment and enhances collaboration.


11. Be Organised professionally and privately

Use digital tools to plan, collaborate, communicate, organise, and manage projects efficiently. Tools like Airtable, Trello, Asana, or Google can help you and your colleagues keep track of tasks, deadlines, and team collaboration, ensuring nothing falls through the cracks. 
Organise child care well in advance and have an emergency backup in case of illness, school holidays, or other unforeseen days when your child needs care.


12. Ensure Work-Life Balance

Remote work can blur the lines between personal and professional life. Set boundaries and goals to avoid burnout. Engage in physical exercise before or after work.  Take breaks to eat healthy food and log off at a reasonable hour to enjoy personal time with your family and friends and recharge.


13. Be Adaptable and Open to Feedback

The remote work landscape is constantly evolving. Be open to new tools and processes that can enhance your productivity. Additionally, welcome feedback from your employer and colleagues to improve your performance and adapt to changing expectations.


14. Utilise Reliable Power Backup Solutions

In South Africa, load-shedding can disrupt your work. Invest in backup solutions like a UPS, inverter, or generator to keep your devices running should a power outage occur. This ensures your manager can see that you remain productive and are reliable, even during unforeseen power cuts. 

If you do not have power backup, have a plan that enables you to move very quickly to somewhere with power and internet coverage. Keep in mind that you only use internet services that are secure, so as not to be a security risk to your employer. 


15. Showcase Your Achievements

Regularly update your employer on your impact, accomplishments and contributions. Use metrics and data to highlight your achievements and demonstrate how you've added value to the team and business. This builds trust and positions you as a critical asset to the organisation.


Implementing these tips will build trust as a remote employee with your employer. Be intentional about delivering consistent business-impacting results and building strong professional relationships. Your proactive approach and commitment to excellence will make you an invaluable asset to any employer, particularly in the dynamic South African work environment. Value the opportunity to work remotely, guard the benefit carefully and work with your employer to ensure it remains a win-win career opportunity.  
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