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.
- Working less and more effectively
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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.
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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.
- Working remotely at a coffee shop
When working at a coffee shop, I hate going alone because then I have to take my computer with me when I have to go poop. The struggle is real.
- Feeling lonely
I'm lonely and it sucks.
- Story 4
You know when a coworker writes something weird in Slack. Then you assume all day that they hate you.
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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 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 6
I'm a huge advocate of remote working but I get waaay more done at the office.
- 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 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 85
I work remotely and I work for two companies at the same time. None of the two companies know i'm working for other. The funny thing is that I'm doing really good at both companies and the leads and project managers at both companies are blown away with my code and turn around time on features/bugs. On one of the company I helped save a 2 million project from a client who was on the edge of walking way the 2 week before I came on the project. That client just signed another half million dollar deal this week.
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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.
- Difficulties of working remote
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
- Passive aggressive punctuation can cost you your job
I'm pretty certain putting periods at the end of my sentences in HipChat cost me my last job.
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One downside of working remotely is waking up at 8:00, it looks like your clock is just saying "BOO"
- Pros and cons of remote working
Pro: Having a lot of freedom and dictating your own hours. Con: Having to work on a Saturday because you spent Wednesday watching a squirrel documentary.
- Work remotely sometimes never stops
The great thing about remote work is that you can work anywhere. The bad thing about remote work, anywhere you are, you work.
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Music is in da house all day long, I can't do it in an office (fucking open space).
- 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 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 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 342
What's the worst during a meeting (video conf)? - Your cat pukes just next to you, and you try to stay calm. - Your AirPods die, and you can't hear anything for 2 minutes. I just had both in the same call.
- Remote offices in Jakarta
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.
- Remote workers outside USA
I turned to remote work to avoid the hassle of the visa process to move to San Francisco. I still get to work for a great tech company and learn a lot without having to take a gamble on visas. It gets lonely sometimes but I would never complain about it. The pros outweigh the cons hugely for me. I wish there were more fully remote teams though, so more skilled passionate workers from outside USA could take this path. : )