If I didn't work remotely, I would never get the leaves out of my yard.
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- Story 61
- Story 59
Most of the company I work for is remote. At home I have windows that look out to a park, an espresso machine, and I can blast my techno music. Recently tried a cubicle job that paid a bit more, but couldn't get past the lack of windows, cameras watching me, and coworkers in tears. I lasted less than a week.
- Story 55
As a remote worker, my only complaint is that my Laptop charging is broken. I have to switch off it when battery is out. Thank you Lenovo for this :(
- Story 54
Music is in da house all day long, I can't do it in an office (fucking open space).
- Story 51
Huge proponent of a mix of work. Like, maybe 3 days at office and 2 days from home. I have found my self to be more productive when switching the environment like this.
- Story 49
I come from a wealthy country and I am getting used to my lower salary. Jealous of remote workers with high salaries but I don't want to leave the team. I am also scared that my social skills are going to deteriorate because of all the time spent by myself and that if I want to come back to an in office job, I wouldn't know how to function in an in office job.
- Story 48
I work at an office albeit remotely with my counterpart in our northern office. We're the only 2 that work on development, but it hasn't slowed us down. Working remotely at home is always a challenge unless you are strict on yourself and you have a home office dedicated to it. From the couch with a TV going is a distraction. Sitting at a desk in a comfortable but distraction free environment is perfect. Those of you thumb-downing Coworking spaces aren't doing it right. As members of the coworking group, it's your responsibility to make your surroundings productive and obstruction free. Setting personal boundaries and accepted rules for use of shared space
- Story 46
Working at home used to be less productive for me, but since then my office has switched to open spaces. Now every couple of minutes someone will walk by, ask what I'm doing, where I'm going to lunch, where I've been for lunch, just making idle talk. Now I either come in at 5am to avoid everyone, or just work from home. Most of the time I'm in meetings so the productivity is pretty much the same either way. On days where I don't have meetings, just having a quiet space is the most useful thing for me to get work done.
- Story 44
I live in a city that gets very cold in the winter and I feel lucky that I don't have to leave the house to work. I remember the misery of waiting for the bus outside on a below-zero day when I used to have a regular office job. I think of that when I'm warm and cozy in my bed, working. The downside is sometimes 3 or 4 days go by and I realize I haven't left my house.
- Story 43
I'm a night person, I stay awake until 3am. Then I wake up at 9am. I nap a bit, read, watch movies, talk to the team, do some planning and a bit of work during the day. I take some breaks, pauses, do other stuff. Do work in between. I finish around 1-2am. Need better work/life separation.
- Story 41
When the customer calls the biggest Logo and you think you'd just pull a kick in the face.
- Story 40
One downside of working remotely is waking up at 8:00, it looks like your clock is just saying "BOO"
- Story 39
I'm ceo of two startups and spend 7 hours per day working from my bed with only my computer. i get my company going from 7 to 20 employees in 3 months, the second one is planning to raise money soon.
- Story 36
I haven't used an alarm clock in ages. I was inducing myself a lot of stress right out of bed and this early stress was affecting my day. Once I stopped using the alarm clock, I've felt more energized. Funnily enough, I wake up systematically at the same time (say 8:27am), but on my own terms. That's one perk of remote work. No need to check in at the office at 9am sharp. It doesn't mean I'm slacking, I'm getting enough sleep and can work more productively troughout the day.
- Story 35
I used to wear the same hoodie on every video conference call. I wonder if my team thought I had no clothing or that I wasn't even real. Just some robot out there chipping away at work.
- Story 34
I worked remotely & now working in the office. I was productive when I worked remotely than now. People waste ~2hours travelling, ~1hour trying to look good and in the ~7 hours in office, most hours are wasted for unwanted chatter, meetings, greetings & fake smiles. Working remotely is surely lonely but I feel that better than what I do now. Sure, I miss those goodies,snacks, lunch and offsites when working remotely.
- Story 33
The other day during a video conference with my team, my SO came and kissed me, not knowing I was on video. It felt so weird but everyone was cool with it.
- Story 32
I was treated like shit. Yes, even in remote work you can't get away from bad bosses. And because of their decisions, I had to be the one dealing with users complaining. In an office you can be micromanaged. In remote work, you can also be micromanaged. My remote work environment suffered from: overengineering, micromanagement, being treated as expendable (and everyone was reminded of it), and people with anger issues using anger to control. Once, I was asked why I looked like I "didn't care" when someone had another video meeting-slash-shouting session at the team. Their control-via-anger doesn't work on me. And it bothered them. I guess you could say that I 'hit back'. Not in anger, but via other ways. Legal ways. Their 'Let's treat our remote employee like shit!' had backfired on them. My life is much better.
- Story 28
Started working remotely with 100% remote team. Haven't seen anyone's face. Communication is either teleconference or IRC. Too many people for video conference. Do you enjoy talking on the phone, unsure of when someone is about to speak? This could be the life for you.
- Story 21
To everybody that says that working from remote you get lonely, you do less than being at the office, that shared offices are crap: fucking grow up. Stop complaining, stop losing time on Facebook or other shit, set yourself a schedule, talk to people. Go and fucking get off this site and do something.
- Story 19
Last week I did a meeting marathon : twice a day, far away from each other. As result I shipped almost nothing during the week. I took four days to work remotely and focus, and my backlog is now clear.
- Feeling lonely
I'm lonely and it sucks.
- Story 13
Productive remote work hours can often vary by type of role...Developers often like no distractions to allow them to crank on projects. Others, like community/marketing teams may prefer to be around people in an office environment. And others may like a combination! So this is where remote working can be a struggle. People finding a balance that works for them.
- Story 8
I send detailed specs and information regarding projects through Slack, but my boss ignores all of it and has me re-explain everything on calls, only to later forget everything I said.
- Story 6
I'm a huge advocate of remote working but I get waaay more done at the office.
- Story 5
Mon: In the office, pulled into one distraction (read: meeting) after another. 5:00 approaches, I stress about my minuscule progress on real work. Tues - Thurs: Working from home, plowing through 2 weeks of backlog. I blast the boss' inbox with accomplishments. I feel awesome. Fri: Back in the office, my boss congratulates me on the great meetings that happened Monday. She asks where I was for all the meetings Tues, Wed, and Thurs. Wants me to work on being more available, these things are important.
- Story 2
People that work remote are less productive than their peers in the office even though they will take every possible second to tell you how much better and more efficient it is.
- Working less and more effectively
I'm paid for full time remote work, yet my productive hours are around 4 to 5 each day. I still deliver top quality code and I'm praised by the CTO. I still think I should be doing more, but I find it physically impossible.