Remote-Work: Endgame Tips To Become a Pro!

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Let’s be honest for a second; I bet we all wished we could skip an office workday to spend it at home instead. Wouldn’t it even be better if we still could get the work done without leaving our cozy couches?

Well, I surely prayed for that. Mostly during the traffic jam, early cold mornings, extremely dry or rainy times, and on any other given day. Then on one sunny day, the stars have answered my wish. By the stars, of course, I am referring to the Augmania team.

As a multinational startup, with team members from Boston, San Francisco, Berlin, Tunisia, and Egypt, the Augmania work environment has been favoring remote-work since the early days. That is by putting the trust in its employees and collaborators to find their most suitable workspace and grow professionally and personally.

So, dear reader, you can imagine the dramatic changes Covid19 had brought upon our work culture;

You see, we weren’t able to get coffee from outside and it was horrible! It almost affected our productivity, but eventually, we managed to get by thanks to this fun AR experience developed by the team: augmania.co/costa

The rest of the consequences were familiar, as most of us already work from home regularly. Even if we didn’t meet as often as we wished, we still have a special team bond.

However, many companies nowadays are struggling to build and maintain that bond in the era of Covid-19 and the current work circumstances, and that is understandable. Flipping the switch is not always easy, but, it is a must now especially when 98% of remote employees would like to continue working remotely for the rest of their careers according to Buffer.

That’s why the team decided to share a couple of tips to help you become remote work heroes!

“Make friends with your kids – Even better, help them get along with your colleagues” Nouran – Tech Lead

Having kids can be regarded as a threat to parents trying to get work done from home. You never know when they’ll barge into the room during a conference call; Scream their lungs out, or simply want to play.

Well, it all happened with me, and you better start accepting the fact that it will happen to you too.

At first, when Jamila’s voice started interpreting my meetings, I was embarrassed and constantly apologizing. There was nothing I could do to keep her quiet even when I was in a different room. So, I decided to go with it. Her voice became familiar to company meetings. They even greet her now and ask about her, and that saved me lots of embarrassment. This is only human, and it’s always a delight to realize you’re talking to someone as normal as you are.

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Our friend Jamila

“Remove distraction, keep the dog ” Rania – CEO

Sitting at home for a long period was honestly a first time experience for me. I think I’ve spent more time in the airports than at my own place before Covid-19. It was a bit of a challenge; Not that I am not used to remote work, but staying still amidst all the distractions was the real test. So, I simulated the office experience in-house! I created a comfortable work environment away from all diversion; TV, door, people, but not the dog.

You keep the dog. Not only it will shower you with love but it will also act as a stress reliever when needed.

Breaks are certainly necessary and helpful to release tension and recharge. Personally, I find great pleasure in having safe beach walks with Joujou.

Joujou, the company dog, having the time of her life

Be part of a community and don’t be ashamed of talking to pigeons! Rihab – Marketing Lead

According to a survey held by Buffer, loneliness and communication are the biggest challenges for remote workers. The more time they spend on remote work, the fewer their chances for outer world interactions. That’s why I find it important to get involved in communities that share the same interests and work-lifestyle as me. It’s a safe place to communicate your worries, exchange tips, and thrive to improve your daily routine. Nevertheless, it still can get so lonely that you start waiting for that pigeon to show up again and strike a conversation. That’s totally normal – at least, according to my standards…

When your remote-work buddies finally show up at the doorstep!

There’s no shame in making friends with birds passing by, and neighbors at the window to challenge our loneliness. As long as you don’t name your football Wilson and talk to it, you’re a perfectly normal human being.

Lots of big corporations are now leveraging the “the new normal standards” of work by giving more flexibility. Twitter announced recently the option to work remotely permanently for its employees. Others are working on improving the new experience for workers. That’s where the new initiative from SAP, Qualtrics and Thrive Global comes in: “Working From Home in the New Normal”; A data-driven platform including all resources you need to truly become the remote-work hero we want you to be.

What You Need To Know About Digital Nomads

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You’ve probably heard the term ‘digital nomad’ before. But what exactly does it mean? Well, there’s no definition of a digital nomad in Oxford, Longman, or any other dictionary. If there was one, I’d imagine it would be something like this:

digital nomad (n): a person who needs only his/her skills and internet access to work. 

Or… digital nomad (n): a person working remotely without having to abide by a specific timezone.

Or… digital nomad (n): a person who’s actually productive at work who saves a lot of time, energy, and money because he/she doesn’t commute to work every day which generally significantly enhances his/her chances of having a life.

Okay, so there are many ways to define a digital nomad. That in itself is a nod to the lifestyles digital nomads get to mold and live. Regardless of definitions though, 2019 is a great time to be a digital nomad. It certainly was a bumpy journey reaching that point. Back in the day, companies embracing remote work struggled with maintaining strong brand cultures among other issues.

New technology has thankfully eradicated these issues and digital nomads are now here in full force. Statistics showing the rise of these 21st-century craftspeople are insane. According to a study by IWG,  two out of three people work away from offices at least once weekly. Moreover, a 2018 study by MBO Partners reveals that 4.8 million Americans already see themselves as digital nomads.

Another study by Buffer says 90% of digital nomads plan on working remotely for the rest of their careers. All these stats aren’t surprising when you consider studies proving that remote work enhances productivity, efficiency, and morale. But enough with the statistics. It’s time for a plot twist!


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I myself am a digital nomad (please don’t tell me you saw it coming).

Yes, I create content for an awesome Silicon Valley tech startup, but I live much further away from there. 12,011 kilometers away to be exact. I come from the land of pharaohs.

Living here has provided me with perks, challenges, and lots of space for innovation. For a long time, I didn’t think I’d ever want to work elsewhere. However, when the opportunity to blog for Augmania arose, the tech enthusiast inside of me jumped right at it. So did the one looking forward to getting his hands on Vampire Penguin desserts one day.

I must admit when I first started as an Augmaniac I was semi-nervous. I didn’t know if the digital nomad lifestyle was for me. Questions like “what if they schedule meetings during my sleeping hours?” got me worried about my days being disrupted.

It turns out time slots, during which people from other sides of the globe are active, do exist! Aplenty, in fact. The lovely people at Augmania assured me of that and allayed all my semi-nervousness. They made my transition a seamless one.

In doing so, they oriented me with all the tools I would use at work. They fully elaborated on how they expected me to use them. Today, I can’t imagine my job without these tools. Thus, I’d like to briefly introduce the heroic tools to all fellow digital nomads and to-be digital nomads. They’re most popular tools, but if you’ve never used them, do so ASAP. They’ll make your day a whole lot easier. Here goes:

Slack

As one of the most effective communication tools, Slack sure hits all the right notes. Slack puts all of Augmania’s communication in one place. If I’d like to ask someone in particular for feedback, I could reach him/her privately. At the same time, for total team alignment, I could quickly send a message on a Channel. It’s a great alternative to having my email inbox overblown and the endless CC’s.

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Besides, I’d never had to worry about mistakenly sending dark memes to my higher-ups rather than my buddies. That’s because Slack is adamantly exclusive for work communication. Yet Slack is far from a dull place. It leaves space for personal connection. Slack’s actually allowed me to know lots about co-workers whose job responsibilities don’t intersect with mine. Some of them are digital nomads themselves. Hence, Slack is an excellent platform for developing brand cultures.

Google Suite

Whereas Slack is perfect for communication, Google Suite is my go-to for execution. Google Docs is my online writing haven (where I am right now). It allows easy sharing of content with my heads. They can leave me comments just as easily. So the feedback process becomes savvier. Google Sheets is good for organizing blog topics, but I don’t use it (more on that in a few).

Google Calendar is my scheduling assistant, arranging all the important events of the day and reminding me of them. Best of all, it gives me event timings according to my timezone even if I wasn’t the event creator.  Finally, Google Drive stores all that in the clouds safe and sound.

Trello

Trello is just the best. It’s the only tool I hadn’t used before joining Augmania. I got lots of recommendations to use it before, and I shrugged them off idiotically. I deeply regret that because Trello is epic at presenting all my tasks literally in one field of vision. Just one look at the Trello board tells me which blogs I’ve yet to research, produce, edit, etc. I prefer using it over Google Sheets due to its user-friendly drag-and-drop nature.

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Zoom

Zoom is Augmania’s loyal online meetings platform. It allows video conferencing, messaging, recording, and screen sharing. All these features work as smoothly as advertised with scarce delays and lags. Zoom can also be integrated into Slack. There’s not much more a digital nomad can ask of such a tool.

Except there probably is. Or so believe Zoom personnel who are working on impressive new features to make their baby even more efficient. One of these features is Artifical Intelligence that does all the note-taking for meeting participants. The things digital nomads would do for this feature.

Another stunning feature Zoom is working on is Augmented Reality (AR)  integration. Zoom is targeting the feature for the online education sector as well. A teacher would have to be wearing a Meta 2 headset in that case. The teacher can then interact with realistic holograms of structures from various sciences. Students will observe all that live without wearing headsets themselves.

Perhaps more impressive than Zoom’s AR capabilities, though, is Spatial. Spatial is truly the workplace of the future. It can convert me to a 3D version of myself and transport me wherever my coworkers are. It does the same to my coworkers to bring them to my working environment. It’s the closest humanity is going to get to teleportation probably. See for yourself:

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Spatial is simply a game changer for digital nomads. In hindsight, you can imagine Spatial will snatch a sizable chunk of users from Zoom and Co. Yet if you look deeper, you’ll see that Spatial can one day affect moguls like Lufthansa and Airbnb. That’s because Spatial may very well shake up the entire business travel industry. Unfortunately for this digital nomad, this probably means I’m not heading to Vampire Penguin anytime soon. So thank you, Spatial. Thank you very much.

It’s no surprise to us that augmented reality, 3D and similar disruptive technologies are taking over the online conferencing industry. AR taking over industries is the norm now. It’s high time you join the movement. Sign up to Augmania’s AR platform now and let your brand take over using AR content:
https://creator.augmania.com/sign_up