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 #36
- 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.
- Story #18
Remote only works if the full team is distributed. If you're the lone wolf joining other teams in video calls, your difference slowly but surely makes you drift apart from the team.
- Story #17
Today, in Jakarta, I found a great coworking space through Nomadlist. It's the best set-up I ever had (ergonomic chair, adjustable standing desk facing the window, etc.), and I only paid 7USD to stay here for the day. Meanwhile in Europe, I pay 10USD+ for a sub-par setup. I need to move.
- Story #14
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 #12
Remote working has tons of benefits but a few things are difficult to handle.... - being on your own A LOT - Taxes - setting up yourself as a company & reporting - motivation - timezones
- 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 #4
You know when a coworker writes something weird in Slack. Then you assume all day that they hate you.
- 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.
- Story #1
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.