we wrote a post about what it’s like to work remotely. We thought it
might be interesting for you to hear from our staff members. So here are
some of their experiences.
What I like about working remotely: It’s a tie between the flexibility of hours and avoiding rush-hour commutes.
What I dislike about working remotely: Being alone at home most of the time.
What I like: Making my own hours is great since I’m not a morning person. And I love not having to commute; I do not miss Metro.
What I dislike: I haven’t established a structure for my day, so I’m left feeling that my workday has no real end. And I miss having people around to talk to.
What I like: Not having to worry about a morning commute to an office and evening commute home.
What I dislike: Hmm. Oddly, I had to think about this one for awhile. I guess the default answer
is lack of contact with colleagues, but that’s not really it. It’s
related to it, but it has more to do with not getting a sense for the
kinds of things others are working on and getting a sense for the bigger
picture of our work.
What I like: I’ve been working from home full-time for eight years.
Recently I’ve become willing to learn new technologies and to find the
answers to my own computer related questions online.
What I dislike: I hate filing; I have to be more disciplined with a
home office or my personal piles and my work piles can get all jumbled
What I like: I like the convenience of not having to commute to work on a daily basis.
What I dislike: I don’t like not having the option to go into work—to
get out of the house, to see colleagues, to vary the routine. In short,
the social isolation is a big drawback.
What I like: Saving two hours a day and tank of gas a week by not commuting.
What I dislike: Snacks never appear magically on my kitchen table, the way they did at the office!
What I like: The best thing about a virtual office is being able to work
from any remote location with a good Wi-Fi connection…whether that’s
from home, a coffee shop, or while visiting parents on the other side of
Another “best thing” is being able to construct my own work space,
which includes regulating the temperature, opening a window, sitting in a
room with lots of light, privacy for work calls, and communicating with
colleagues for work and occasionally for pleasure on gchat, in lieu of
creating or enduring a lot of office chatter.
What I dislike: The hardest thing about a virtual office is figuring
out how to efficiently replicate some of the support features of a
traditional office, things like: Do I need a laser printer or is my HP
going to be sufficient? How often will I need to order which supplies
from our office account? Where will I go to shred the confidential
materials I create? How do we create expense reports with our new
on-line system? How do I best work with our tech people when I have
issues with our databases or my computer?