Fully remote: Three tips for developers for managing stress
So, you’re a developer who works from home? Whether it's full-time or in some kind of hybrid formula, this article will help you breathe a little easier. Yes, in IT, more and more companies are allowing their developers to adopt this new way of working. And if some equate telecommuting with rolling thumbs quietly behind screens, the truth is actually quite the opposite: between the desire to do well and to answer colleagues’ requests, the anxiety of missing a Slack notification and the danger of staying glued to one’s PC for eight hours non-stop, even the best of the developers can quickly lose control of the situation!
Discover how to manage pressure when coding remotely with nexten.io's tips.
Don't spread yourself too thin
Your mind sees the other end in just one way: if you work remotely and don't answer on the dot, you fear your colleagues will judge you. Actually, they don’t have some vision of you watching the latest Netflix series or catching some z’s after a difficult night. They’re well aware of what you're working on—since they're very likely in the same situation as you: at home, sweating away on that tech project with all its bugs.
This unnecessary pressure is something that everyone who cares about doing their job well has already felt. A rapid response is reassuring and shows you’re available. But bear in mind that it’s impossible to satisfy everyone while remaining focused on a task. It’s above all a question of managing priorities without spreading yourself too thinly over all the various questions employees ask.
nexten.io's advice: You receive a Slack notification smack dab in the middle of lunch with colleagues. Do you feel the urgency to read over the problem and deal with it ASAP? Chances are, you don't. At home, that shouldn’t have to change: stick to your work hours, but take breathers!
Don't overdo it
As we’ve already mentioned, when you work from home, you tend to want to "prove" to your team that you work fast and “well.” In fact, some developers end up working much more while fully remote than in the office, and that makes for long days. Lunch break? Half a sandwich in front of the screen, and that's about it. Once the tone is set, it's hard to slow down and be less productive in pursuing days. It would be a big mistake to say that this is good news for companies: burn-out is usually right around the corner.
The same applies on a more personal level: working from home is often misinterpreted. The people around you tend to think that you’re much more available to go shopping, knock out house chores, pick up your kids at school...
nexten.io's advice: You need your own little set-up—a place where you can work without being disturbed, even by your children or your spouse. It's essential that you have your own bubble—especially for important calls or other work-related conversations. It’s equally as crucial to step out of it from time to time for a complete break!
Don't turn into a robot
Working remotely means having different relationships with your colleagues. Perhaps you prefer working in the quiet of your own home, without necessarily having to chitchat with your team members at the copier.
Even so, whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, fully remote or telecommuting a few days a week, don't forget to pay special attention to not "dehumanizing" the relationships with your colleagues. Between conversations on Slack, video calls where the camera is often turned off, tasks assigned to you on Trello, and bugs you need to fix, professional relationships often lack tone. Work doesn't have to mean simply getting your tasks done quickly and well!
nexten.io's advice: To remedy this difficulty, it’s important to take time to talk with different team members about topics that have nothing to do with work. Organize a daily conversation over coffee, for example, which will be dedicated only to more personal topics. One rule: no work talk!
Working alone from home can also take its toll on morale after just a few days without any social interaction. If you want to avoid the onset of loneliness, you can always shake up your schedule by working from a coworking space one or two days a week. You can also talk about it with your manager, who will undoubtedly try to find new solutions for communication and exchanges with the rest of the team.