Okay, so you finally got a job as a remote worker. Congratulations!
Apart from having to put your best foot forward, what else should you expect?
Well, here are some of the most common types of remote workers you could potentially encounter throughout your remote working career.
The One Who Overthinks
We all want to do well at our jobs. Who doesn’t, right?
After all, the quality of our work reflects on us.
However, there are some who might take that a little too far.
Cue our perfectionist coworkers—the ones who get the work done while staying organized.
But to get there, they are going to overthink everything first.
And while there is nothing wrong with that on the surface, perfectionism sometimes (if not all the time) leads to overthinking and can result in anxiety.
If you feel like your “overthinking” coworker is too wrapped up in work, offer to help with some of their tasks to ease them into delegating better so they can focus on the ones only they can do.
The One Who Gets Easily Distracted
This type of remote worker is the antithesis of the “overthinker.”
As the name suggests, the “easily distracted” one gets bored with routines. They crave something new as they work from home.
And while shaking things up is not always possible, it is understandable since a remote worker’s commute is just from their bedrooms to the kitchen (and vice versa).
If you fall under this category, try changing up your location! You might want to hit up a cool cafe or go to a coworking space. That way, you get to see and interact with other remote workers.
The One Who Procrastinates
Ah, we might have come across a few colleagues who like to finish their work at the last minute.
Sometimes, they end up sending you additional tasks to complete just as you are about to log off.
Or, if you need something urgent from them, they take forever to reply.
This is especially tricky in a remote work environment.
Remember, you aren’t seeing your coworkers face-to-face. As such, prompt replies on communication apps are very important. And if there are delays in their responses, then it can hamper your own progress at work.
If you are caught in a sticky situation due to a remote coworker being too lax, try talking to them. Let them gently know how their actions could potentially affect your productivity.
Moving forward, if you can anticipate your co-worker’s behavior, you can find ways to work around that.
Also, notify your supervisors if you work on any project with this particular colleague as well as any issues encountered early on, so that you’d be off the hook should anything goes wrong due to their lack of promptness.
The One Who Likes to Work Alone
In a traditional office setting, we all have that one coworker at work who seems to never speak more than two words.
And in an online job context, they are often the “seen-ers”—people who read the messages on the group chat but never respond to them.
The best you can get from them is a “thumbs up” emoji. And that’s already them being generous. (Joke!)
And while there is nothing wrong with wanting to work alone, certain projects often require teamwork.
Thus, make sure to put effort into reaching out and communicating with your silent remote coworker – even if they may not always be as talkative as you’d like.
The One Who’s Like the Energizer Battery
Quite opposite to the previous one, these types of remote employees have so much energy that it can be hard to keep up!
They are the extroverts—the social butterflies.
But more than that, they are the kind of remote worker who juggles soooo many work contracts at the same time!
Now, this is a safe space. There is no judgment here if you find it fulfilling to have a lot of clients.
After all, the financial gain from having plenty of remote jobs can be tempting for many.
Ultimately, we have life goals we want to achieve. Some of us also want to become financially stable as soon as possible.
And if this is you, don’t forget to take care of yourself as the high salary will be poor compensation if your health starts to decline.
The One Who Works the Graveyard Shift
Most remote workers in the Philippines work the night shift. This is to sync their work hours with their bosses, who are often in the Western hemisphere.
However, some people also genuinely enjoy working at night. The quietness of the environment often lends itself to a night owl being more creative and productive.
As such, coffee is their best friend!
But if you are a nyctophile who’s thinking of decreasing your caffeine intake, you might want to check out these coffee alternatives.
One of the perks of being a remote worker is working while traveling virtually anywhere in the world.
They are your remote workers who are the jet setters—the ones who are always on the go.
You will often find your colleague working from an airport as they wait for their next flight or chilling at a beach on a remote island.
They also often inspire you to take that well-deserved vacation. After all, life shouldn’t be just about work.
You need to take a break sometimes.
So, there we have it, all seven types of remote workers. Which one are you?
On that note, if you are thinking about becoming a remote worker (finally!), then check out Remote Staff’s job listings. As it is constantly updated, you will be sure to find something that suits your qualifications.
Remote Staff has also been in the industry for over 15 years now. As such, the company has come across different types of remote workers (who are all lovely and hardworking in their own way).
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