March 6, 2019

Competences for Teleworking

The digital transformation has brought about a significant shift in the cultural paradigm of the workplace, with remote work taking center stage.
Imagine being able to work from anywhere in the world, whether it's while taking care of a loved one, avoiding long commutes, or simply enjoying the freedom to choose your workspace. Remote work is a dream for many, offering the perfect balance between work and life by allowing professionals to work outside the traditional office environment. Instead of commuting to the office every day, telecommuters have the flexibility to complete their tasks from wherever they choose.
Beyond flexibility and independence, remote work offers numerous other advantages, including cost savings, reduced unproductive travel time, and even increased motivation and performance. However, efficient remote work requires the development of specific skills.
Here are the key skills that individuals should acquire or improve to succeed in remote work, whether they're working from home, a lakeside cabin, or a hammock on a desert island:

Autonomy and Organization:

In remote work, we don't have a manager constantly watching us to ensure we're staying on task (or procrastinating). However, this level of responsibility and self-discipline is important both in remote and traditional office settings. Utilize technology, create a schedule (consider using productivity applications), and minimize distractions to stay organized and focused (here are some ideas about it, from one of our favorite applications) and limit the distractions.

Goal Orientation:

Remote workers, in particular, must be goal-oriented to ensure alignment with the broader team or organization. Set clear and achievable daily, weekly, and monthly goals. Maintaining motivation is essential; you can even create a playlist to inspire you to tackle challenging tasks.

Establishing daily, weekly, monthly goals and, above all, achievable is one way to achieve this competence. And if you need extra motivation, visit this post we incorporate a specific playlist to achieve the most demanding challenges!


Remote work often means resolving daily challenges independently. You won't always receive immediate responses in a virtual setting, so being resourceful and having problem-solving skills are crucial. Try to troubleshoot issues on your own first, and if needed, reach out to colleagues or supervisors for assistance.

Ability to prioritize:

Knowing how to prioritize tasks is fundamental, especially when working autonomously. You won't have someone constantly assigning tasks, so being able to decide what needs to be addressed first is essential. Develop your own methods to classify and address them.


Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential when working remotely. It's easy to overwork or constantly check emails, so self-discipline is crucial. Designate a specific workspace within your home and adhere to the schedule you've established to separate work from personal life.

We will have to be very disciplined to disconnect from work and differentiate our home from our office. How? Enabling an area of the house for work and sticking to the schedule that we have set.


Written communication, verbal communication... communication, communication, communication! As remote workers, we must always be in contact with our colleagues and supervisors using any of the tools available to us: , Skype, Hangouts Meet, e-mails … It is also very important to know how to listen actively and communicate clearly to make sure there are no misunderstandings.

In today's work environment, performance is measured by results rather than traditional office hours. Remote work is becoming increasingly prevalent, offering numerous advantages for both organizations and employees. Embracing this trend allows for greater interconnectivity and growth opportunities.

With technology facilitating connectivity, remote teams can be more connected than ever before. Organizations seek agility, and younger employees value the freedom to work from any location. Thus, remote work, whether regular or occasional, is a win-win option for both parties.


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