Workplace flexibility is one of the greatest job perks of the 21st century.
Because of the internet and the advances in communication technologies we’ve witnessed during the past couple of decades, it’s very easy for people in many industries for people to do their jobs from home…or from the other side of the globe. That’s right, lots of people are performing great jobs while they travel, working remotely and realizing all the privileges of this freedom. But it isn’t as easy as it sounds. There are many challenges in working from an international location, and if you aren’t careful, a mistake could get you fired.
Here are some ways to make sure that the work you do while you travel doesn’t get you in trouble with the person signing your paycheck.
Stay in Communication
It’s relatively easy for an employer to give you a long lead, so long as you stay in solid communication. It doesn’t matter if you are in the next room or on the other side of the world, if you think about it, so long as your boss can get in touch with you quickly through email, a phone call, Skype, or what have you. This may require a bit of an investment on your end.
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Whatever method you choose, make sure to stay in touch. Be conscious of time zone differences, respond to emails promptly, don’t forget to check your voicemail, and make sure you have Gchat open while your company’s headquarters are in session.
Do Better Work that Your Competition
It’s important that you maintain high quality in your work. If your quality suffers, your employer may just find a local who can do your job as good or better than you. This is one of the struggles of working remotely. It can be hard to manage expectations, to understand how your employer really feels about your performance.
Make sure you are keeping up with the evolution of your industry – a challenge when you are not working with coworkers or other close collaborators. If you keep up your end of the deal, chances are you’ll keep your employer/client for a long time to come.
Bring International Value
There are many opportunities and chances to learn in a foreign environment. You may become aware of markets of practices that could add value to your employers’ business. In this way, you can become an agent in the field, not a worker who’s just trying to get some workplace freedom. Help build your employer’s business, and you’ll have a job for plenty of time to come.
Working while you travel is a great way to see the world while still earning income, but it can be challenging to make it work for people working in traditional industries. Even so, many people can make it work. Follow the steps above and your employer will probably feel that you do your best work when you are overseas.