Being remote is wonderful

YOU BECOME A MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURE

BEWARE BUGS, I AM COMING FOR ALL OF YOU!

So, we can’t just sit back and relax. There are new faces, new people to meet and with whom you can create new bonds. But this depends entirely on the remote person’s will to be known by others.

COMMON MISCONCEPTION OF WFH

NOPE. This is not what I search for all day long. Believe it or not, I AM working :D.

LONELINESS EVENTUALLY GETS YOU

I truly started to miss simple interactions like small talk & coffee with coworkers during short breaks, the ability to go to your teammate’s desk and show him that issues in his code are causing a weird scenario :P, even leaving my house and commuting to work.

YOU THINK YOU NEED TO PROVE YOURSELF A LITTLE BIT MORE

LAST ONE TO LEARN OFFICE GOSSIP

is trivial stuff that you end up missing. We end up losing office camaraderie because there are events which are dependable of our physical presence. “Oh, wow. John brought free donuts for everyone, he’s awesome!”

ALRIGHT, WHAT CAN WE DO TO IMPROVE?

COMFORTABLE DESIGNATED OFFICE SPACE

I want to stand and work, I can. I want to sit and work, I can.

STATUS, STATUS, STATUS!

Continuous and clear communication is the key!

DON’T BE INVISIBLE, BE AVAILABLE

FIND A PLACE TO BE PRODUCTIVE — OUT OF THE HOUSE!

I can work anywhere if I have WiFi and Coffee!

EXPERIMENT AND BREAK THE CYCLE

You will become an eggplant if you don’t exercise! Smashing bugs doesn’t qualify as exercise, ok?

GET CONSTANT FEEDBACK

MAINTAIN TEAM CULTURE

Team building, woooooh!

At the end, it is a combination of three holy, mystical factors:

And remember,

  • It isn’t always easy.
  • It isn’t for everyone.
  • It is only a drag if you let it be a drag.

BONUS Recommendations:

  • Healthy snacks: apples, nuts & seeds, veggie chips, tea, etc.
  • Productivity techniques like Pomodoro, Get Things Done, etc.
  • f.Lux: makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of the day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
  • Soundrown: Relax. Focus. Escape.
  • Every Time Zone clocks

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PMPO / QA at @EncoraInc | Practitioner in Agile Quality trainer | Coffee addict 🇭🇳 🇲🇽 ✨ she/her

PMPO / QA at @EncoraInc | Practitioner in Agile Quality trainer | Coffee addict 🇭🇳 🇲🇽 ✨ she/her