Starting your first day in remote work can be challenging, especially if you’re working remotely for the first time. There are many things to adjust to, new people to meet, and your job orientation to attend.
Since working via online jobs became popular during the pandemic, many have seen the advantages of this setup. In fact, workers prefer it so much that many Filipinos are hesitant to return to the office.
However, just like going on your first day in an office-based job, there are many challenges in starting a new online job. You can’t use the usual methods to make a good first impression in this setup since you’re working from home.
Fortunately, here are some tips to help you survive your first day in your new remote work.
Early to bed, early to rise, as they say. By sleeping early the night before, you will wake up refreshed and ready for your first day.
However, speaking from experience, this is easier said than done. The night before you start your remote job, especially your very first one, can be one of the most anxiety-filled nights of your life.
First, avoid drinking plenty of fluids before going to bed, especially alcohol. Next, try relaxing activities like meditation, breathing exercises, or listening to relaxing music in bed. And never, ever drink caffeinated beverages in the afternoon or early evening.
Prepare Everything You Need the Day Before.
Another way you can alleviate your anxiety for your first day is by getting everything you’ll need for work ready. Try to get an inventory of what you need to have and do so you won’t miss anything.
By setting your workspace right, signing and sending all your required documents, and downloading all your work apps, you’ll be more confident for tomorrow.
Another thing you should prepare before your first day of remote work is setting boundaries with your loved ones. Tell them about your work schedule so they know when they shouldn’t disturb you – and when you’re free to spend quality time with them.
Dress to Impress.
Yes, your boss and co-workers won’t see what you’re wearing. But that doesn’t mean it’s not helpful to dress appropriately for work… at least on your first day.
Dressing well instills confidence and purpose and will help you face your new boss and co-workers with more confidence. Think about it, would you prefer meeting your boss and co-workers in your pajamas or in your business attire?
Listen During Your Orientation, and Don’t Forget to Ask Questions.
The first thing you’ll probably do upon logging in for work is attending your employee orientation. Here, you’ll learn more about the company, its policies, goals, and how you’ll be doing things at work.
Yes, it can be long and quite monotonous. But by not listening, you will miss out on crucial information and possibly look foolish in front of your boss later.
If you have any questions, this is the perfect time to ask. And one question you shouldn’t forget to ask is which communication apps you need for work. As well as how frequently you need to communicate with them and the rest of your team.
Asking these questions helps you remain updated with your team so you can quickly receive new instructions from your supervisor. Remember, you’re working remotely now, so you can’t just easily talk to your co-workers like before.
Clarify Your Supervisor’s Expectations of You.
With all the excitement of your first day, it’s easy to forget to ask your supervisor about their expectations of you. Knowing their expectations early on helps get your working relationship to a good start and avoid potential productivity-related issues.
For example, if you’re a content writer, ask your supervisor about how many articles they expect you to accomplish everyday.
Don’t forget to ask about your word count, where you will publish your work, and how long it should take you to finish an article.
Say Hello to the Rest of the Team.
After finishing your orientation, it’s time to meet the other people you’ll be working with. This is probably one of the more nerve-wracking parts of your first day. So, how do you introduce yourself on your first day at your online job?
First, be casual when introducing yourself. Just state your name and position and await their response. Once your co-workers respond and introduce themselves, acknowledge them and say how much it is a pleasure to start working with them.
You can also use this time to get to know your co-workers. You can ask them about their hobbies and interests and how they do things.
Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself.
Even if your first day didn’t turn out well for some reason, that shouldn’t discourage you from working hard.
Remember, nobody starts their career as an instant expert. It’s perfectly understandable that you’ll ask many questions and make mistakes on your first day and the next few days of remote work.
So cheer up. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to make up for your shortcomings in the upcoming days.
The First Step is Always the Hardest.
Starting your first day of work is equally exciting and nerve-wracking, especially if it’s your first job. But with the tips mentioned above, you’ll have an easier time making a great first impression on your supervisor and co-workers.