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
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.
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.
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.)
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.