I’m sure most of you reading this today are sitting on your couch at home or a desk if you’re lucky enough to have one. For those of you who didn’t work remotely before this past week or so, this may have been the first time you were thrust into the whirlwind of working from home. Were you prepared? Was your company prepared?
I am lucky enough to work for a remote first company and my whole team went remote early last week. For those of you who haven’t ever worked remote you’ll come to see (with some restrictions right now) how much more productive you can be in 8 hours. You’ll have time to make lunch, do laundry, head to the store, get a haircut, play with your cat or dog, take your kids to school and more! You won’t spend 1-2 hours a day commuting, bumping into people on the train or yelling at other drivers on I-75 or the 405. You mean I can do all of this and choose to live in an affordable city or by the beach? Yes you can.
Now working remote isn’t for everyone, but a lot of people may start to see the benefits - mostly gaining time back. As talented employees realize the flexibility they were previously missing out on, they may seek out opportunities to work remotely when possible. Companies that are hesitant to change or allow remote work will slowly start to see talent drain to those that promote it - especially to the younger generation who want the flexibility to live where they want, travel, and visit family, all while maintaining great benefits. Not to mention when something like COVID-19 rears its head, they aren’t thrust into a whirlwind of change.
My team did a great job of switching to fully remote last week. Here are some tips and things I’ve learned this past week:
Here's an example of sharing pictures our team did the other day: