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Work From Home

A 6 post collection


The Writer's Room

 •  Filed under Writing, Work From Home, Writers

The Writer's Room

This is old, from early last year, but I only just discovered it. I love seeing home offices, writer studies, or other work-from-home spaces. A couple of writers here are my favorites to read, so this is especially cool.

10 Lessons from 4 Years Working Remotely at Automattic

 •  Filed under Work, Work From Home, Work-Life-Balance

10 Lessons from 4 Years Working Remotely at Automattic

A colleague at work shared this. It’s fantastic. I’ll echo the importance of emoticons and routine. Text chat is the primary form of communication in remote teams, so overuse emoticons to clarify tone. And remember, text chat doesn’t carry tone. Novelists spend hours getting the tone right in their text. You and your colleagues are not going to spend that time in day-to-day text communication. Don’t assume tone, and ask questions to clarify.

Also, every successful telecommuter I know has some kind of work/life ritual. Some people need to get dressed properly before starting work. Some people are strict on work hours. Figure out what your non-negotiables are for making the day feel like a work-day and the non-work time feel like home time, and stick to those things, religiously.

Startups, life, learning and happiness: The joys and benefits of working as a distributed team

 •  Filed under Culture, Work From Home, Startup, Distributed Teams

Startups, life, learning and happiness: The joys and benefits of working as a distributed team

joelgascoigne:

Buffer is a fully distributed team. It's a decision I had to make at the end of 2012, and it's interesting to reflect on that decision now. I am happy to report that I am in love with the choice we made to be distributed all across the world.

I agree – I’m in love with distributed teams. At Storybird, my current company, we’re a small but distributed team, and for over 4 years I worked at Canonical, which is distributed across the globe. Like the linked post here says, lots of writing focuses on the challenges, but there are great upsides to a distributed team. Most importantly, to me, is sustainable development – people are happier, more productive, and less prone to burn out.

Check out this post for more. Distributed teams will become more and more common, so it’s better for people not familiar with this to get an understanding now of what works well. I can no longer imagine working in an office or for a company with little work-from-home support. It really is that much better.