Designer Workstations via andysowards
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.
LOL at #7. I know more than 1 work-from-home friend who has a rule against sweatpants, or wrestles with how often to wear them.
4 years ago today I started working full-time for Automattic. Four years seems like a lifetime, but it’s a pretty short time in my work history, and it’s been the most life-changing job so far for …
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.
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.