Working remotely is becoming more popular, although Manpower Group South Africa MD Lyndy van den Barselaar says it's not for everyone. While remote working can improve the work-life balance, it can also leave people feeling disconnected from colleagues. "A successful remote worker is disciplined, dedicated and proactive, and has impeccable communication skills." Van den Barselaar has the following advice: lCheck in regularly with your manager to ensure you are both on the same page in terms of your tasks and projects; lUse Skype or other video technologies so you can see each other when you speak; lMaintain your professionalism no matter where you work by dressing as though you were going in to the office; lAsk for help if you find you are stuck, just as you would if you worked alongside your co-workers; lShow your team that you are an integral member by volunteering for projects that can be done remotely, such as organising a team-building event; and lDo not let deadlines pass you ...

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