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. : )
- Story #37
- Story #77
I've been working remotely for over a decade, and I can never go back to working in an office. I think this limits my career options in the future, as most senior positions require you to be physically on site.
- Story #235
I'm so fed up with the endless hassle in phone & video conferences with my peers - "can you hear me?", "can you see me?", "can you see my screen?", "sorry, I was on mute", "can you give me control?", ...
- Story #210
I don't think I could ever work in an office again.
- Story #242
I hate Slack. So many miscommunication issues :(
- Story #111
Left my full time job to work less. I was working less with my full time job.
- Story #115
I like turtles
- Story #248
I took an hourly rate at my current job because I was still relatively junior and I didn't really understand the difference between billable time and administrative time. I also didn't find out until too late that we bill down to the minute. My boss actively and aggressively tries to minimize time logged to only 100% billable/productive time, to the point where after I factor out communication and various office tasks I can never really log more than around 4 hours in a day unless I'm working an insane amount. I once woke up at 7am and logged 9 hours of work in a day. I only stopped for meals and I went to bed that night shortly before midnight. Now I'm completely burnt out after 7 months, and my productivity has dropped drastically over the past few weeks to the point where I'm either calling in sick or actively avoiding my superiors all day. I'm agonizing over whether I should quit first or if I should try to hold on until I find another job (I would've fired me by now). I don't have very much money saved and I have student loans. Plus, my boss has basically destroyed my self confidence. I'll never take hourly pay for this type of work (outside of freelance) again.
- Story #91
One of the best benefits of remote work that nobody talks about: you don't get sick. Back in the time, I used to work in an office every day I was sick every quarter. Now when I got sick is one time in the entire year and it goes alway really fast.
- Story #188
I carry a white bed sheet with me to tape on the wall behind me so the my team believe I'm always at the same co-working office in Hkg. The reality is I've been moving around and living by the beach in other counties. #winning
- Story #146
I love working from home, yet my partner, family and friends doesn't accept that I AM working. "Why didn't you do the dishes?" Well, I had a goddamn deadline. So what if i'm still in my PJs.
- Story #97
I wanted to hire a guy to be onsite, but my boss insisted on a remote guy like me. He was never available when we needed him so we fired him. Next guy was the same, getting drunk on conference calls and died of a heroin overdose. I then had to go onsite as a team of one since the client stopped trusting remote workers.
- Story #224
I have been working remotely for last 4 years. Spending time with my family and seeing my child grow up something I will never take for granted. While it does come with its challenges, I feel very lucky to be working remotely.
- Story #348
My significant other is still on vacation, at home and I'm trying to work. Somewhat of a challenge to have someone who's vacuuming and moving furniture around you when you're trying to focus on a complicated problem.
- Story #306
I worked for a popular tech startup remotely for a while, hiding the fact I lived at home with my parents to save money and get out of debt the entire time. Also I had to work from coffee shops to get anything done. At home it was too easy to sleep, watch TV, and be lazy.
- Story #305
When working remotely I struggle to unplug and stop working. I forgot where my off-switch is located.
- Story #207
I was secretly pooping during a few of my conference calls with my boss
- Story #331
When you entirely cannot understand what a colleague is saying on hangout calls due to heavy accent and just saying ’yes’ and ’that makes sense’ throughout the whole call. Then he invites you again and you keep telling him that texting on slack/emails are much more productive 😬😬
- Story #343
When a call goes on for longer than you anticipate and your dog is anxious to go for a walk. And just then the bell rings. What do you do?
- Story #252
After 10 years of working in the office environment, I took a remote job at a fully distributed company. Here are some observations: - In the regular office, showing up is a part of your job. When you have off days, you can just look productive by running small errands and doing busy work to stretch the deadlines :). After getting the remote job, I wasn't sure how I can use this off-day copying strategy, what is the minimum amount of work I should be doing in order to look productive? After 6 months, this fear went away. It's just a different paradigm, you dont need to pretend to be busy. - I'm an extrovert and I had no idea how easy it is to slide all the way to the other side of the spectrum. After spending all day working alone, letting people back into your own space, be that your significant other or friends got quite challenging. - I miss "shoot the shit" moments of the office environment the most. Pretty much all of my remote co-worker interaction are goal/project/work driven. It's hard to make space for casual convos. - If you are working from home, it's best to have a dedicated room with a door to your office, overwise the line between work and home will get blurry and it will cause some drama with your significant other. - Remote workers tend to be senior level contributors, gaining confidence in proposing ideas and fighting the imposter syndrome is going to take extra time. - I'm yet to establish a good morning routine, starting to actively document my days to get a better understanding of why some days are awesome and some are a total wash. - I'm getting better at being more disciplined with my time management, but it is still a struggle. - I got the remote job after moving to a new city which added another level of complexity when it comes to socializing. Hanging out with my new coworkers in real life is not an option, nor my old friends after the move. So I'm looking into volunteering opportunities to start building my new social network. In general, I'm learning to be more patient and nicer to myself. Adjustment takes time and you cant force it.
- Story #335
I‘m afraid of people since I started working remotely. Not because I‘m used to be alone, but because I appreciate it even more.
- Story #386
A year and a half ago, my 3 month old puppy took a nice big shit on the floor while I was presenting work updates via conference call. I was well into my presentation and had to sit there and pretend there wasn't crap just sitting there, smelling. Now, still working remotely, a huge benefit is that I get to spend plenty of time with my dog and don't regret working in this manner at all.
- Story #240
My favorite thing is working from the neighborhood climbing gym's cafe. They have good wifi, and we can take a sport break anytime!
- Story #314
Remote work is superior because if you start crying during a meeting you can just pretend you have a shitty wifi connection, turn your video off and try to keep it together until it's your turn for a status update
- Story #138
Doing yoga in my underwear during remote team meetings (voice only). Always feel guilt and like I'm getting away with something. Especially, knowing that the rest of the team had to wake up early and commute.