Last month I celebrated my four-year anniversary of remote working as a customer support fellow at Pixelgrade, and I want to share what I’ve learned along the way and more than that, how remote working helped me become a professional. Please keep in mind that my case might be quite different from what you’ve heard before because I’m the only person from the entire team who works fully remote. The rest of the team is working in the same building, about 700 km away from me.
Remote doesn’t work for any kind of jobs, that’s true. But when it does it can bring huge results. I’m a customer support agent and I think the best way I can do my job is actually working remote. Let me tell you more about the why behind the scenes.
Why remote work fits my style?
Before everything, I’m a family man—being a parent and a husband, I always wanted to spend more time with my wife and my little son. Working
Even if it wasn’t a remote company, Pixelgrade gave me a shot and I began working from home from day one. Since then I enjoy every single day and I’m full of gratitude for that. Over time, there were other teammates who experienced remote working for limited timeframes and they all enjoyed it in their particular way.
I always encourage them to repeat the experience because working alone, away from your teammates, at least from time to time, makes you
One of the things that
helpme be productive is having a specific environment. Even if remote allows me to work literally from anywhere, more than 80% of the time I’m working from home.
I created my workspace exactly as I wanted. It’s a small room, with limited furniture, placed far enough from the living room and the children playground,
Takeaway: Choose wisely the reasons why you want starting to work from home, because that will determine your path. It might be flexible schedule, ability to travel, being next to the dear ones, the work environment. I just wanted to be able to spend more time with my family.
How does remote work impact me?
If so far everything sounds like a beautiful story, there are things that have changed quite a lot since I work remotely. In fact, this way of getting things done impacted me in different ways.
The good is that I learned a lot about me, about others and about working. Before working
Losing micro-moments, not being in the middle of the action every time, not being able to celebrate small wins with the teammates, sometimes make me feel lonely.
Most of my communication with my teammates is written, and all I have is a keyboard and maybe some emojis to use. This was a big challenge for me. Also, I learned that I have to be more proactive in my relationships with colleagues.
To be honest, you must know that you will lose some moments in which you have the opportunity to get involved in something, just because you can’t take part
The nasty part about working remote (yes, there is a nasty one, too), is that you can feel
Remember that it’s up to you to make yourself heard and seen, so try to be proactive and always look for initiatives.
This is why I decided to meet my teammates several times a year. I don’t have a prepared schedule, simply when I miss them, I get on the plane and reach out to them. Most of the time I spend around a week at the office and then I get back to my place. However, as a sincere advice for those who’re thinking about working remote, you need to make sure that periods
I’m a lucky person
Takeaway: Remember that it’s up to you to make yourself heard and seen, so try to be proactive and always look for initiatives through which you can bring value and results to your team’s work.
What you need to know if you want to join
Working from home doesn’t mean you can work whenever you want. In all these years, I tried different working methods — in the beginning, I didn’t have a fixed schedule. For example, I used to work around two hours early in the morning, some hours later, and some hours before the end of the day. I thought that if I’m working from home, I can mix my job tasks with family or personal activities, but it didn’t work.
You need to find your best way to work, depending on the configuration of your team. At the end of the day, you’re not alone, you work in a team.
Two years ago I visited Canada and I stayed there for three months. I worked
As I said previously, all my teammates are working from the same building, so actually, they all have almost the same working program. I
Be prepared for unpredictability. For instance, it’s good to know that Wi-Fi can make or break the day. It might happen, especially when you work from new places. In that case, I encourage you to be honest with your teammates and let them know that you cannot work. Don’t try to trick the system.
Takeaway: Working remote requires extra effort to stay motivated and involved. If you’re not a self-driven or self-disciplined person, working
In this part of the world, especially in my country (Romania), working remotely wasn’t something popular a few years ago. Even my relatives were
There is so many info nowadays about remote working and I’m not going to make an exhaustive list of recommended books or articles. However, there are two specific books that impacted and motivated me over time — “Remote – Office not Required” and “The Year Without Pants”. If you plan to start working remotely, you should consider reading these two books before.
Find a company that values the remote working. Only then you will begin to understand how many things you didn’t know about you, about others and about work itself.
If you ask me if I’d like to work again from an office on a daily basis, my definitive answer would be no. Working from home is already part of my life and it continuously helps me become better.