Expats moving abroad inevitably face many obstacles, so finding a job always offers a feeling of security for those on their relocation mission. However, 2020 has kicked out traditional office jobs from the mainstream and employees around the world are working from home. As companies are forced to find solutions during the pandemic, workers are adjusting to this unfamiliar routine of Work From Home (WFH) and expats are by no means an exception.
So how can you adjust to WFH while living abroad?
Working From Home While Living Abroad
Being confined to work from your living room isn’t exactly every expats dream when relocating to a new country. Quarantine and self-isolation can be incredibly lonely for everyone, but especially those in a foreign country. Keeping in contact with old friends is more important than ever, especially if the pandemic is preventing you from integrating into your new environment. If you have recently moved abroad, try your hardest to reach out to the local community over the internet or join outside activities where the safety regulations permit. Perhaps use your spare time to watch local television, read the news and brush up on your language skills?
Remote and online work may not be a totally new concept to many living abroad already. For years, expats and digital nomads have been able to relocate specifically because of the flexibility of their work. Occupations including freelance writing, graphic design, or translating, to name just a few, allow you to work from anywhere and experience travelling the world as you go.
The COVID-19 pandemic has convinced many companies to significantly increase the amount of their remote staff. Twitter, for example, encourages their employees to work from home where possible. Online channels have rapidly adapted to support the working world from their homes and this movement has in fact opened up many doors.
Companies hiring now tend to be offering more or even only remote roles, which facilitates long-distance work from another country or even continent. The rigid work hours and tiring commute which tied you to your home country before have dissolved, so if you’ve recently become redundant, you could work your next job from anywhere in the world. If you’re nervous about travelling during the pandemic, why not make a move cross-country? Or set your career plans in motion for a move in the future?
The Benefits of WFH
Online Business is Booming
As employment shifts online, so has almost every other aspect of our lives, such as our shopping habits, our exercise classes, and our social life. Now more than ever is the time to shine for online businesses. Whether you’re an employee or an entrepreneur, jump on the bandwagon.
More Time for Your Family
Without a commute, late client meetings, or office parties, working from home means you have time for those closest to you. Take advantage of the extra time to spend with each other, cook meals together, and incorporate your loved ones into your daily routine.
More Time for Yourself
Creating your own daily routine at home means you can make time for what matters most to you. The discipline of setting deadlines and goals for yourself is an important asset to any career, but it also allows you to make time for a hobby, to exercise, or to enjoy some needed relaxation.
How to Adapt to WFH
Create a Schedule
A day ‘working from home’ no longer carries with it the code word for a day-off. Nowadays, the workload has remained the same, but you no longer have an office environment or colleagues close by to push you through it. Creating a routine is the best way to boost your productivity; set your usual alarm and begin the morning as always. Work during the week as though you’re still at the office, but be sure to schedule yourself some breaks as well, especially if you’re sitting in the same chair all day.
Create a Working Corner
Distractions from the television, your children or the housework help no one. Your home was not built to be an office, but you can make it work for you. Separating your work space from the area you relax in will greatly improve your productive mindset and also help you switch off at the end of the day. Avoid working on the sofa or from your bed, and if possible find an area that is quiet. Video meetings also make your home unusually public and open for your colleagues and even boss to see, so finding an appropriate work space is key to remaining professional.
Take Advantage of Not Having to Commute
Perhaps the best news for many employees, is the disappearance of their commute. For those who live far from their office building, this is a huge time-saver and has opened up more hours for other things. Being able to get more sleep also contributes to your performance and sets you up for a great working day.
Whether you’re working from home out of choice or circumstance, we hope the tips above help boost your performance and productivity. If you are living abroad, try to make the most of your situation and know that your relocation adventure still holds many possibilities. Or if you’re thinking about starting to work remotely while living abroad in the future, we recommend our services at Avvinue, an all-in-one relocation platform, to take the stress out of your move.