Setting Expectations

If you’re working remotely for the first time, it’s essential to set expectations for your new colleagues about when you are and aren’t working. While everybody deviates slightly from day to day, it’s helpful to clarify to your manager and coworkers if, for instance, you prefer to work from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day with an hour at 12:00 p.m. for lunch.

What you don’t want is to be unreachable when people expect you to be working. Nothing erodes trust faster in a virtual working environment than when someone is unavailable or can’t be found easily at a time at which they have designated they will be working.

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