Recently, malady we wrote a post about what it’s like to work remotely. We thought it might be interesting for you to hear from our staff members. So here are some of their experiences.
What I like about working remotely: It’s a tie between the flexibility of hours and avoiding rush-hour commutes.
What I dislike about working remotely: Being alone at home most of the time.
What I like: Making my own hours is great since I’m not a morning person. And I love not having to commute; I do not miss Metro.
What I dislike: I haven’t established a structure for my day, prescription so I’m left feeling that my workday has no real end. And I miss having people around to talk to.
What I like: Not having to worry about a morning commute to an office and evening commute home.
What I dislike: Hmm. Oddly, treatment I had to think about this one for awhile. I guess the default answer is lack of contact with colleagues, but that’s not really it. It’s related to it, but it has more to do with not getting a sense for the kinds of things others are working on and getting a sense for the bigger picture of our work.
What I like: I’ve been working from home full-time for eight years. Recently I’ve become willing to learn new technologies and to find the answers to my own computer related questions online.
What I dislike: I hate filing; I have to be more disciplined with a home office or my personal piles and my work piles can get all jumbled together.
What I like: I like the convenience of not having to commute to work on a daily basis.
What I dislike: I don’t like not having the option to go into work—to get out of the house, to see colleagues, to vary the routine. In short, the social isolation is a big drawback.
What I like: Saving two hours a day and tank of gas a week by not commuting.
What I dislike: Snacks never appear magically on my kitchen table, the way they did at the office!
What I like: The best thing about a virtual office is being able to work from any remote location with a good Wi-Fi connection…whether that’s from home, a coffee shop, or while visiting parents on the other side of the country.
Another “best thing” is being able to construct my own work space, which includes regulating the temperature, opening a window, sitting in a room with lots of light, privacy for work calls, and communicating with colleagues for work and occasionally for pleasure on gchat, in lieu of creating or enduring a lot of office chatter.
What I dislike: The hardest thing about a virtual office is figuring out how to efficiently replicate some of the support features of a traditional office, things like: Do I need a laser printer or is my HP going to be sufficient? How often will I need to order which supplies from our office account? Where will I go to shred the confidential materials I create? How do we create expense reports with our new on-line system? How do I best work with our tech people when I have issues with our databases or my computer?