From flexibility to travel to avoiding office politics, remote work has a plethora of perks and people are increasingly opting to adopt this work style over a traditional 9 to 5. There’s no better way to fulfill an itching desire to see more of the world while still pursuing your passions, but with that said there is one downside many digital nomads experience when they’re working remotely – loneliness. If you’re a remote worker that’s been feeling lonely as of late, you’re in luck because we’re going to be unpacking all the ways to conquer loneliness in today’s blog!
Take a Proactive Approach to Your Social Life
There are plenty of opportunities to socialize that come about when you work from an office, whether that be chatting over lunch or developing silly inside jokes with your coworkers. When you work remotely, these opportunities don’t come along as often and you have to make an active effort to connect with people.
Take the initiative and ask your colleagues and friends to go out for coffee or grab a few drinks. Even seemingly minuscule social interactions can make a big difference when it comes to alleviating loneliness.
Change Up Your Work Environment
Let’s face it, getting out of bed and leaving the comfort of your own home can be pretty daunting sometimes, but as a remote worker, it’s a necessity. Try to change up your work environment at least once a week and work from a coffee shop, a library, or a coworking space. This will help you feel more connected to society and less isolated.
Establish Work-Life Boundaries
Motivating yourself to work from home can be pretty tough, especially when you have Netflix, video games, and all the food you want within arm’s reach. If you find yourself frequently working past five and taking one too many breaks, it’s time to set some boundaries.
Make yourself more readily available to see the people you care about by getting into the routine of allotting time for work and scheduling in get-togethers. Not only will this help you combat loneliness, but you’ll also be much more likely to get stuff done during the day!
Don’t Hesitate to Talk to Your Team
Whether your company uses instant messaging platforms like Slack or an internal wiki for communication, you should make the most of that system and talk to your team. Don’t hesitate to send GIFs or pictures of your pets being silly when an opportunity presents itself. Chances are other people on your team are also experiencing remote worker loneliness and they’ll appreciate it more than you think.
Become Part of a Community
Finding people that are going through the same thing you are is one of the best ways to conquer remote work loneliness. By joining a community-based networking group or signing up to work for a coworking space, you’ll instantly have a group of people around you that understand your struggles and you’ll be much more likely to form a deeper connection with those individuals. There’s no disputing the fact that camaraderie is a cure for loneliness!
At Project Spaces, we understand the struggles that can come with remote work loneliness, which is why we’ve made it our mission to create coworking spaces in Toronto where remote workers can come together and fuel their passion. Not only do you get to work alongside like-minded individuals as a PS member, but you also get all-inclusive access to weekly socials and events! Book a tour of our spaces today and say sayonara to your solitary ways.