Have you been thinking about working from home? If you’ve read through work-from-home job listings lately, you have probably noticed in the job description that employers are looking for employees who not only have the technical requirements and experience but also certain skills and qualities.
Not only do you have to prove that you can do the job but you have to prove you can do it from home without it affecting the quality or quantity of your work. And employers stress on those skills and qualities because they want to make sure you’ll be able to give the same job performance just as you would if you were in an office.
Working from home is the ideal situation for lots of folks. It gives you the freedom to balance your work and home life. If you want to work from home there are certain skills and qualities you have to have in order for you to rock at it. Here is a break down of the most important skills and qualities of a work-from-home employee.
The Skills and Qualities of a Work-from-Home Employee
They Are Self-disciplined
You have to be self-disciplined to focus on your work. With chores, kids and pets, you have to be the type of person who will remain focused and stay on task. I know from experience this can be a challenge. If I hear my grandson cry, my first reaction is to get up to get see what happened. But his mama is there so I have to remind myself she can handle it. If it’s a hurt cry, that’s another story.
They’re A Self-starter
Employers are looking for someone who is a self-starter. Someone who will take the initiative to start a project or task and who would go above and beyond to make the company better.
They Are Flexible
Employers love it when employees can be flexible. For example, if you work as a call center agent and your boss asks you to work past your shift. Or if you’re scheduled for a day off but asked to work instead.
They’re A Problem Solver
Employers are looking for a problem-solver. Someone who will take a situation head on and not pass it off for someone else to handle.
They Are Organized
Your calendar, files and any work-related documents should be kept organized. You never know if you’ll be called for some information you’d quickly need access to.
They Are Reliable
Employers want to know if they can rely on you. For example, if a coworker is unavailable you can save the day by stepping up and taking the shift.
They Work Independently
Employers are looking for someone who can perform their job without depending on others. And since you’re working from home you won’t have coworkers around, so you’d have to be okay with working alone.
And that’s where self-motivation comes in.
They Are Self Motivating
When you’re self-motivated, you can work from home without feelings of lonliness. Will there be moments when you do miss the office atmosphere? Yeah, there probably will be. But your self-motivation will get you through it.
Being self-motivated also means you’re enthusiastic and do not need encouragement from others to complete a task or project.
Other Skills and Qualities
There are other skills and qualities employers look for in their work-from-home employee and those are:
- That they have excellent time management skills
- They are resourceful
- They have excellent communication skills in a variety of methods such as chat, phone, and email.
- Are dependable
- They have integrity
- That they’re responsible
- And resourceful
And There You Have It
The beauty of it is whether you’ve worked in an office or have been a stay-at-home mom running an entire household you’re already rockin’ these skills and qualities. So when you’re on a phone interview and the interviewer asks what do you have to offer their company, think about this list.Reason and judgement are the qualities of a leader. Tacitus #quoteClick To Tweet
Over to You
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