Remote workers - what is your biggest pain?

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May 28 245 Comments

Looking to solve some common themes for remote workers.

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  • GoDaddy Hd72id
    The pain of dying a bit on the inside, little by little, each and every day
    May 28 17
    • AdRoll ipopwc
      @ffgg for sure at that point. Glad to hear you’re enjoying it; I sure learned a lot about myself in the process.
      May 28
    • Clover Health sinkinship
      Wow what a piece of remote garbage. They even admit to being entirely untruthful.
      May 28
    • Morgan Stanley
      summer_gen

      Morgan Stanley

      PRE
      Microsoft
      summer_genmore
      It all depends.
      I can't do remote for more than two days in a row. It's like being in the cave
      May 28
    • GoDaddy thwsldj
      @Hd72id says the guy who actually have 75 likes.... if you die on the inside I feel sorry for you. Why are you working remotely if you can’t handle it...
      May 29
    • Uber YgYJ30
      Its perfect if you can work remote about 75% of the time and go in from time to time.
      May 30
  • Wipro VendettaV
    How do you get a remote job ?
    May 28 10
    • Facebook tTFN31
      ^ Same!
      May 28
    • Stripe doodlepoo
      Stripes hiring remote now if interested: https://stripe.com/blog/remote-hub
      May 28
    • Microsoft
      myan

      Microsoft

      BIO
      Sup, brah?
      myanmore
      +1 for Stripe
      May 28
    • ADP / Mgmt
      Runner131

      ADP Mgmt

      BIO
      I call myself "Damage Control" as I turnaround poor performance of others and get results.
      Runner131more
      Remote.com is a job site of all remote jobs
      May 29
    • DigitalOcean howdoyouDO
      DigitalOcean is hiring
      May 29
  • Amgen Fin4eng
    Whiteboarding. Having to speak over someone to get a word in during a conference call
    May 28 5
    • Microsoft qccj55
      Damn, I can relate sooooo much. Are you me?
      May 28
    • Microsoft / Eng OtFY46
      This. This. This.
      May 28
    • Microsoft ftttyjji
      check out Microsoft Teams demo in the latest build conference. they solved whiteboarding
      May 28
    • Magic Leap / Eng _^__^_
      Try to get your team on Miro.
      May 28
    • Amgen Fin4eng
      I’ll take a look at the Microsoft teams option. It doesn’t solve the problem of 5 people in a room white-boarding and you’re on the phone trying to follow or looking at a tiny webcam of the whiteboard or periodic iPhone pictures being sent
      May 28
  • Expedia okshmoogle
    When you work remotely, you realize very quickly that most people are horrible communicators. Extracting coherent information and managing information flow and context is the biggest challenge
    May 28 0
  • Tektronix BazzokaGrl
    Feeling isolated like a hermit. It's easy to never stop working. Also changes at the office aren't always communicated well (if processes or deadlines change).
    May 28 0
  • Wells Fargo / IT aggie
    Being too close to the bedroom and fighting the urge for a nap.
    May 28 7
    • Lyft SegC06
      And a fap
      May 28
    • Cloudflare ahCQ01
      A little afternoon fap and nap can do wonders to your productivity
      May 28
    • Wells Fargo / IT aggie
      Oh I watch GIF porn on Reddit during meetings 😅
      May 29
    • CACI / Eng MaknBombs
      No wonder WF tech is so shitty
      May 31
    • New gravos
      Tbh caci is also garbage when it comes to tech. You might as well be watching porn
      Jun 1
  • New ff1017
    Been working remote for less than a year, and I have to say it's draining (burnout very imminent). In a regular 40-hour work week office job, you get lunch breaks and intermtetant breaks of office camaraderie, but in my job, I have to clock in exactly 40 hours of pure work.
    There's also the issue of surveillance, the company is always recording the apps in use (1 screenshot/minute), snapping a pic of me personally (1 snap/10 minutes). They also record mouse clicks and keyboard strokes for "Activity" metrics. So that's pretty intense!
    The last thing, I'd say is the back pain, if you don't have a proper setup. Been thinking about getting a treadmill desk.
    May 29 7
    • New ff1017
      Yep, it's a transition job (pays well sort of) while I skill up to transition into a Data job.
      May 29
    • Chase / Data McJU43
      What company is this so I never work there
      May 29
    • New ff1017
      Crossover is the common name, it's part of ESW Capital.
      May 29
    • Nvidia civil
      "Leadership team should be 🔥"
      May 29
    • New / Eng young$$
      So creepy. Sounds like a prison.
      May 29
  • SAP / Eng bloorf
    Isolation. I've bee remote for a little over a year and feel very disconnected from the team. Doesn't help that my management is pretty old school and don't seem to consider remote folks all that much.

    Also it sometimes feels like you have to work harder to show that you're producing.

    Lack of influence is also a thing, IMO. I feel like I stopped having much influence the moment I turned remote. That in turn likely affects my chances of getting promoted. At least as an engineer. Dunno what it's like for higher-ups.

    The personal benefits of remote work are great, but it definitely comes at a price, IMO. Also there are teams that do it better than others. I think my team/bosses are just not good at it.
    May 28 5
    • Facebook shubidubi
      OP
      Thank you for this. What could people build to help with isolation? What you wish you had to feel part of everyone else?
      May 28
    • Tektronix BazzokaGrl
      When I worked remotely for a few years I would have a weekly call with a colleague and friend who I could speak with openly and honestly it helped a lot.
      May 28
    • Cisco rktmn666
      I agree with most of this. I would add that if career advancement, networking or optionality are important to you remote is a mistake. These things are much, much easier to work on in person (“let me take you out to lunch to pick your brain”; “hey I see you in a meeting with foo kind if I pop in?”) to a degree I don’t think can be overcome.

      That said these things are not the end-all be-all especially as you get older. I no longer need to. Yield my network, just keep it alive. I don’t need optionality because I’m kind of done anyway. Etc.

      Sometimes maybe you just don’t care and just want to get paid. I will say that a lot of people have never experienced a tech downturn and don’t know how downturns go; remote is almost always first on the chopping block.

      (Before anyone says it, no, 2008 and the GFC were not a tech downturn. The last tech downturn was the Dotcom and before that the 92 crash, 1987, 1983, and so on.)
      May 28
    • We’re also at SAP
      Where random Germans nobody has ever heard of are promoted over home horns talent
      May 28
    • SAP / Eng bloorf
      Honestly random Germans don't bother me at all, probably because I don't know them. It's more irritating when it happens in your org. Ugh.
      May 28
  • Intuit Merc77
    Non-Remote workers trying to justify why remote work is a bad idea.
    May 28 3
    • GoDaddy faaaaaaa
      So true... it’s not because you can’t make it work that others can’t either. Probably you just suck at communication.
      May 28
    • Tesla AnlD52
      There really isnt a need for everyone to be on the office either which is what alot of people dont understand, as long as you can communicate efficiently things operate just as well if not better since being in the office can waste alot of time
      May 28
    • GoDaddy thwsldj
      Mic drop @tesla
      May 28
  • Tableau vvqP11
    Not being able to go find someone at their desk and get an answer right away.
    May 28 2
    • Microsoft Specific
      No, go away. Send an email, stop trying to break my flow with your interruptions. You're literally the worst enemy of an IC.
      May 28
    • Spotify PXPq15
      This right here is the reason I avoid working at my desk.
      May 29
  • Sprinklr / Other owFw17
    I’m honestly surprised at these responses. I’ve been a remote worker for about 4 years and have loved it. I live in a small beach town with an average income of $40K while I have a $200K TC. My brand new 3300 sq ft home was $265K. I always feel valued, I get regular comp reviews, I interact with people nonstop, and travel enough to shake things up (traveling a little too much may be my one complaint, but I’ll happily take it). I guess I should appreciate my situation more, ha.
    May 28 6
    • New / Eng
      griesrt1

      New Eng

      PRE
      Flipboard
      griesrt1more
      What location are you living in?
      May 28
    • New / Eng Gopher
      Placing a tactical dot here.
      May 28
    • Sprinklr / Other owFw17
      Work for Sprinklr. Don’t want to say more on specifically where I live :)
      May 28
    • What beach town? I work remote and want to find a low cost of living beach town!
      May 28
    • Microsoft blipr
      What areas do you work on for that comp? Frontend/backend eng?
      May 28
  • IBM smokyt
    After being remote for 18 years at various companies I can tell you the biggest challenges are companies who, despite being cloud and telepresence industry leaders still actually discourage telecommuters. It baffles the mind. A remote worker costs less, works more, and burns out slower.
    May 28 0
  • Microsoft / Eng OtFY46
    I feel I end up working way more remotely than I was able to at work with all the distractions. My workday of 10+ hours including commute etc is now cut down to 6 hours of core work. So that's great.
    I'm afraid I'll soon lose value though being out of sight, out of mind,being the only remote worker. Compensation is always a problem.
    May 28 0
  • DigitalOcean / Eng jetlag
    Companies that don't hire remote, or do but try to pay you based on your location (lmao)
    May 28 5
    • Evernote huhuhuh
      I know digitalocean has a good remote culture but did they try that on you?
      May 28
    • ZapLabs cqJg25
      Is it standard to get paid based on the employer location.
      May 28
    • PlanGrid vlRb78
      Depends on the company. Often larger companies having time/resources to put that together, smaller companies care less
      May 28
    • DigitalOcean / Eng jetlag
      No DO does not scale pay on location. Places like buffer and gitlab do, and it's fuckin hilarious and offensive how little they'll pay. They think they're competing against local offers, and that's a total fallacy (I get I'm competing globally for the jobs)
      May 28
    • Auth0 / Eng Firaxis
      Auth0 was also in that boat, now that they ramped up on people/culture type of staff, these things are changing.
      May 29
  • Google
    AIMLOK

    Google

    BIO
    I once served 5TB
    AIMLOKmore
    Don't work on a remote team if remote is the minority or just you.
    May 28 1
    • Capital One LYRz87
      This should be higher up. I work from home once a week or so, so I can only imagine what it would be like full time.

      My team is pretty good, but working remote can be hard. Little things like not seeing what they’re writing on the whiteboard, or the microphone not picking people up. There’s also discussions that you just miss out on, decisions being made or information being passed along.
      May 28
  • ADP / Eng ONrS07
    14+ years remote. Everyone has covered it- the lack of influence, lack of promotion opportunities, social isolation. Every interaction you do have is magnified. If you were leading a call and didn't take another call, the second person may assume you are never available and may just be goofing off. Worth it? Depends on what matters to you. I got to coach my kids soccer teams and volunteer at their schools, repainted my living room while on day long conference calls, and it's been so long since I've been to the office I don't have clothes for it anymore.
    May 28 0
  • Avaya qvmi74
    My wife thinking because I am home, I can do all the honey do list. I’m working. Getting tasks completed.
    May 29 3
    • New / Consultant
      10charact

      New Consultant

      PRE
      NYC Department of Education
      10charactmore
      Omg this.
      And errands
      And oh let's spend a few hours outside
      And kids
      May 29
    • Doximity kknRdv543
      FACTS
      May 29
    • AppDynamics ufookinwut
      This is the only reason I go to work. I'm fully remote, but we have an office 20 minutes or so from me. I got to work everyday and work out of a conference room or single person quiet rooms. My wife seriously can't comprehend that I'm working.
      May 30
  • Lockheed Martin rXip54
    Never feeling like you can completely "turn off" work. In an office I can leave my laptop behind and be "off" until the next day. The lack of separation between work and home makes this a little more difficult
    May 28 2
    • Nvidia nvn
      Exactly, it really takes more self-discipline. Also to exercise even more when WFH since you don't have 10k+ steps of natural walking distance.
      May 29
    • ADP / Mgmt
      Runner131

      ADP Mgmt

      BIO
      I call myself "Damage Control" as I turnaround poor performance of others and get results.
      Runner131more
      Have a dedicated room or area used JUST for work. It helps to mentally compartmentalize.
      May 29
  • Facebook fbeer
    No free food
    May 28 5
    • Square Jqty44
      Remotes at Square still get free lunch at least
      May 28
    • Groupon random-hi
      How?
      May 28
    • Square Jqty44
      Get money to spend on lunch each day
      May 28
    • Groupon random-hi
      Sweet!
      May 28
    • American Express uktg07
      FB allows you to be completely remote? Is this just for engineering?
      May 28
  • New / Product
    mchern

    New Product

    PRE
    Microsoft, UBS
    mchernmore
    Being remote for over 12 years, I do not see a single disadvantage. Organized well with full day chat channel , snd daily meetings to address any blocks or issues, remote team is by far more efficient, then over micro-managed office environment. If you are very junior and need to learn a lot from team mates by going to their desks, remote may be not for you. After some time you learn that information is always there you just need to get it and build a culture to document and share.
    May 28 0