I'm all for flexible hours and the ability to work from home a few times a month but can't stand working with remote workers. Adds 10-40 minutes to every interaction people within the office have with them. Amount of 1 on 1 conference calls I've had to sit in explaining something over the course of 15 minutes that would take seconds in person is insane. Literally inconveniencing the whole team for their benefit.
Not to mention the constant "oh the power is out here today" "oh the internet is out here today", maybe I've been bit by a bad bunch but it's very unlikely I'll allow any more on my team again when better talent is available locally.
Probably an unpopular opinion but it's my reality.
I'm no longer a designer as I went the engineering route but I've worked between 90-100% remotely for the past couple years and what you describe is a common problem I have on the other end.
It sounds like your team isn't remote-as-first-class-citizens or results-only. I may be wrong, but it sounds like you're a local team who has added on a few remote guys after the fact.
Remote's not for everyone, but it helps when the company works like a remote team, even locally. My problems have always been lack of decision tracking (water-cooler decision making), unlogged communication, not understanding how to have remote meetings, not using the tools available to centralize planning/decisions/etc.
All of those things are beneficial to an onsite-only team but they can kill remote workers. Honestly my main problem is the company starts to treat you (as a remote worker) like your hours are 12AM-11:59PM. But I like the flexibility.
If it's taking you twice (or fifteen times) as long to explain things and you regulary get "Internet/power's out" happening then maybe you just did get a bad bunch though... or they need to communicate better and move to a better location.
I'm a remote and results-only apologist and zealot though so take it with a grain of salt.
Just finished with Remote Year. Depending on what your looking for I Wouldn't recommend it. They are still a fairly new company and have a lot to learn. I would recommend checking nomad list, or any facebook community to make friends while traveling. I personally havent used these services, but thats all remote year really has to offer that may be worth it to you. If you can do it on your own, and are semi social. You will also save thousands of dollars, cause they charge way to much for locations. Ended up paying $2250 for a 3 bedroom. Found out it was about $800 for the whole place. Which means we were paying $6750 for the apartment.. They also include some activities and a coworking space, but still doesn't add up if you manage it on your own. Also would just recommend doing Airbnb Experiences, if you looking for things to do in a new location.
I've worked remotely for just over 10 years just before the global financial crises. The first few years are very demanding and tiresome. I think it takes a certain type of person under a certain type of environment to make remote work, well work. I don't think I could adjust to an office anymore, but I see the up and downside of both environments.
You need to be very self-motivating and the type of person that doesn't need real human contact. It took me many years to adjust to the latter. I overworked for the first probably 6 years or so. Every hour at home working was equal to about 2 in an office due to the focus of being alone.
I find you go through waves of productivity and complete non-productivity working from home. If I were forced to make a call though, I'd say that in an ideal world, working physically together is the best scenario for creativity and well-being. In an ideal world though, you wouldn't be sitting in hours of transit and spending an arm and a leg on lunch, work clothes etc. either.
FIVVER? more like slave labor, don't idealize working for peanuts with no future security, freelancing is fine when it ś not your main source of income otherwise you need to find work and fast! you are getting old and no one will hire you, no bank will loan you money no insurance company will give you a low rate, etc
Together with Remote Year, we've just launched this study about working remotely. About 4,000 people participated in the survey which lead to some fascinating results.
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