remote work etiquette, best practices, and worst mistakes to be effective and productive when working from home

Remote Work Etiquette: 7 Rules For Working From Home

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Employees, managers, and professionals

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Follow these best remote work practices and etiquette guidelines to enhance your remote work experience and contribute to a positive and productive virtual work environment.

Remote Work Etiquette

1. Be Responsive

Respond to messages and emails promptly to maintain effective communication.

2. Follow Video Call Etiquette

Dress appropriately and choose a professional background for video calls.

3. Respect Working Hours

Be mindful of colleagues’ working hours and avoid scheduling non-urgent meetings during their off-hours.

4. Use a Professional Tone

Maintain professionalism in written communication, and be mindful of the tone used.

5. Update Status

Use status updates in collaboration tools to indicate when you are available or away.

6. Share Progress

Keep your team informed about your progress on tasks and projects.

7. Ask for Feedback

Request feedback on your work and actively seek ways to improve.

Remote Work Best Practices

Establish a Dedicated Workspace

Best Practice: Set up a dedicated and comfortable workspace that is free from distractions.

Why: This helps create a boundary between work and personal life.

Maintain Regular Working Hours

Best Practice: Stick to a consistent work schedule to maintain a routine.

Why: Predictability and routine contribute to better productivity.

Effective Communication

Best Practice: Use clear and concise communication. Leverage various tools for effective communication (email, chat, video calls).

Why: Clear communication helps avoid misunderstandings and keeps everyone on the same page.

Use Collaboration Tools

Best Practice: Utilize collaboration tools like Slack, Microsoft Teams, or Asana for seamless communication and project management.

Why: These tools enhance collaboration and help keep track of tasks.

Set Goals and Deadlines

Best Practice: Establish clear goals and deadlines for yourself and your team.

Why: Goals provide direction, and deadlines create a sense of urgency.

Regular Check-ins

Best Practice: Schedule regular check-ins with your team to discuss progress, challenges, and updates.

Why: This helps maintain a sense of connection and ensures everyone is on the same page.

Embrace Flexibility

Best Practice: Be open to flexibility in your work hours, but communicate these changes with your team.

Why: Flexibility allows for better work-life balance.

Remote Work Worst Mistakes

Ignoring Communication

Worst Practice: Ignoring messages or emails can lead to misunderstandings and delays.

Why: Lack of communication hinders collaboration and can cause confusion.

Lack of Boundaries

Worst Practice: Allowing work to spill into personal time or vice versa.

Why: It can lead to burnout and negatively impact both work and personal life.


Worst Practice: Putting off tasks until the last minute.

Why: Procrastination can lead to missed deadlines and decreased productivity.


Worst Practice: Avoiding communication and isolating yourself from the team.

Why: Isolation can lead to feelings of disconnection and hinder teamwork.

Poor Time Management

Worst Practice: Failing to manage time effectively can lead to missed deadlines and increased stress.

Why: Poor time management can negatively impact productivity and work quality.

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