Tell me about your experience working remotely. What do you feel is important to make sure the work gets done efficiently?
Last year I joined Remote Year and started a year of working remotely with a group of 71 others. I think I can say I’ve seen it all now, as this was not my first experience with the concept; I have worked remotely and independently for a few months in Asia, and have had to create my own office since 2009.
On top of that, I have been researching the future of the workplace for a series of articles, so I think I can say I have a pretty complete and broad experience with the concept — which is exactly why I want to share that with you.
Working remotely is a great opportunity if it’s for you, but the important part is recognizing if it’s for you — or your employees, for that matter. To get you started, here are some thoughts on the various perspectives:
As an employee: working remotely can get you out of a rut, it lets you experience the world and life with a degree of freedom that is hard to obtain otherwise. Whether you use that flexibility to spend time with your kids, travel the world or pursue a side-project, doesn’t even matter that much. It allows you to spend your best hours on what works best at any time. This makes you more productive in every aspect. The downside is that it can be lonely and that you will miss the office culture. Make sure to stay in a social environment with people that pursue similar dreams or careers. They don’t have to work at the same company, but your life philosophy is bound to swing if you spend all your time with Balinese temple workers.