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    Would You Prefer a Remote Job?

    challenge posed by Kate Freeman 15 days 13 hours 29 minutes ago

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    Would You Prefer a Remote Job?

    Remote jobs are becoming increasingly common and for millennials in particular remote work is appealing because this generation values traveling and a healthy work-life balance. Remote work allows for a flexible schedule but it can result in long hours, especially for hard-workers, perfectionists and people who are just passionate about what they do. Working remotely means coworkers cannot pop-by your desk to chat, there are no team lunches or coffee breaks unless you want/remember to take them. Remote work offers flexibility and for self-motivated individuals it can be a dream, so long as you remember to take breaks. Whether you’ve put down roots and would prefer a more flexible schedule, or if you desire to be a vagabond without taking a hiatus from your career—remote works sounds like the perfect solution. I had a remote job for awhile and I worked constantly. But the freedom more than made up for the long hours. I LOVED that I could take a lunchtime run and get some mid-day sunshine, and I never had to do my hair or makeup unless I wanted to. I also ate much healthier since I always prepared something from my own kitchen. Not only was I super productive but it was the healthiest I’ve been since working full time. A lot of articles and studies have shown people feel more productive working at home. Occasionally critics say remote work could let employees get away with slacking off. However, your colleagues would quickly find out and you would lose your job if you’re not producing quality work or keeping up with assignments. Another reason some employers don’t like remote work is they say it hinders communication and team building. There are many tools to stay connected and communicate, but it’s true you don’t get to know your colleagues as well while working remotely. Also, if you have a quick questions for someone you can’t just stop by their desk or expect them to respond to a message if you’re not in the same time zone. Another consideration of remote work is the social aspect, or lack thereof. When I worked remotely, I made a big effort to ensure I continued to have a lot of social contact. Sometimes that meant contacting friends on Sunday to organize my social calendar for the week. Would you want a remote job? Would you mind managing remote employees? Why or why not? Share your opinion in the comments.

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    I love working working in an industry with other human beings and having to go in multiple times a week. Of course, we all want to sit in our pajamas and netflix and be able to take vacations but I feel like thats what days and paid time off are for. I struggle to thrive and maintain a healthy mind when I have too much time. Idle minds are never a good things. I love teamwork and communication.

    Re: Would You Prefer a Remote Job?

    Hi Kate,

    I like the thought of remote employment. In fact, I am in the process of applying for an online job. I consider myself to be self motivated and good at time management. Those are a few of the skills that strike me as important to such a position. Not only would the flexibility appeal to me but so would the healthy work/life balance opportunities it would provide! As to your question of managing remote employees,,,I don't know. My answer would depend on who picks the team. I guess that tells you a little bit about me!

    Thanks for the forum,
    Auntiec

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    Hi,

    I don't think I'd do well with a remote job. I like structure and routine, and I don't want the responsibility of self-motivating all the time. That being said, I do want flexible vacation time and a day off midweek. I do not want to become a slave to my work as I have been in the past. I don't want to wake up years from now and regret how I spent my days.

    I also really enjoy the social aspect of an in-person workplace. As we get older, it is harder and harder to meet new people and make new friends. Work is a great place to bond with people and get to know them.

    I feel like working remotely would be a lot like the responsibilities of college- never feeling like you can just relax as there is always something to be studying or completing. I like the idea of shutting my computer off at the end of a long day and not having to think about work until the next morning. I like to de-stress and decompress every single night without worrying about how I could get more work done.

    It's great that the option is available for people who aren't like me, however I think I'll stick to an in-person job.

    Monica M.

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    Hi Kate,

    I think I wouldn't prefer, in general, a remote job. I am not opposed to a remote job; I see the benefits and it is possible I will have a remote job for a season in my life where my schedule is not as flexible for traditional work hours. Right now though, I am enjoying a normal job and I think that is the best thing for me. Right now I don't want a remote job, but it could totally happen in the future.

    I think it would be doable to manage employees for a remote job, but it would have unique challenges. Again, I think I would rather manage people in person.

    One of the biggest perk about not having a remote job (at least in many cases) is that you can come home from work. For a remote job, work is at home. I have done some homeschooling, so I know the challenges of staying focused in your home. Your work is always in your home too, so you can never "come home from work".

    While I am not opposed to managing or having a remote job, I prefer a normal job.

    Thanks for the forum!

    Java

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    Hey Kate!

    I would love to work remote, to me that’s the dream. I think it’s a positive thing in general, as it allows for job opportunities outside of your local area.

    With technological advancements, why not take advantage of the ability to work remotely? I’ve known several people to work from home and the only tip they could say was to try and separate your work from home so you can get in the right frame of mind.

    It would also prevent me from being tied down in an area. I intend to move around and travel a lot more before settling down, being able to simultaneously advance my career would be a dream come true.

    -Cory

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    I actually wouldn't mind working remotely. I've had a similar experience to working remotely in the form of online classes, and I liked doing it all at home because I could sort of set my own schedule and still get things done. I agree that being able to go outside is so nice, especially if it's on a warm day. I had a summer class once where it was held on campus, and there were times where I wished I could be outside, as the sun was shining and it was such a beautiful day. When I finish up with college, I wouldn't mind working from home every now and again. I think it would be beneficial, especially if I need to get some things done at home or something like that, so I could sort of multitask with that. Have a good day!

    Re: Would You Prefer a Remote Job?

    Hey Kate,

    I'm with you, I think that there are a ton of benefits of remote work, especially for the employee. I think it's a win-win for the employer as well, because if you give a person the freedom to do what they want to do and live the lifestyle that they want to live, they will do everything possible to do their best and perform with maximal results.

    I worked in the corporate world for five years in various roles of engineering and operations. If I would have had more flexibility, it would have made a world of difference. I hated going in on Fridays because no one in the office did anything at all. People lolly-gagged around, spent lots of time in the breakroom, and stopped and chatted at people's desks non stop. If the company would have just let us have Fridays as a flex day, WAY more work would have been accomplished. Instead, they wanted to control our time.

    I work for myself and I love being self directed and doing what is best for me and my business ventures. I love the creativity that goes along with it. That said, if I ever needed to manage people remotely, I'd have no problem with it. I think it would be a win-win. As long as there are expectations that are clear about the work that needs to be done, I think it would work out better than meeting in a set environment daily.

    Thanks for the forum!
    Megan

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    Hey there!

    This is an extremely relevant forum, but I don’t think that working remotely is the only solution. We should be able to eat healthy and manage a great life outside of work even if we go into an office every day.

    I’ve romanticized the idea of working remotely, but as an entry level position- I would find it moderately harder to learn from the knowledge of my coworkers. I love my work community and the fact that I can see the people I work with. There are times when we go bowling, volunteer together or just talk together in the break room for a bit. I wonder if morale would be as high if we didn’t.

    Perhaps once I have become an expert I would work part time remotely, but I actually prefer the in person work model...for now :)

    -bella

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    I dabbled a bit with working "remotely" when I worked for a certain kitchen once. It was a small kitchen of about 6 employees working in a local farm to table. We would, on our own paid time, create new foods/recipes to put on the menu, and when we didn't have a pastry chef, I would walk in when the kitchen was closed and start making up some desserts for the next week. It was a fun and free environment, however it was also extremely stressful and competitive. But, having experienced the work freedom that this restaurant provided me, I want more of that. Therefore, I want to work partially remotely so that I can enjoy creative freedom, but also closely with colleagues so that I can receive insight and differing opinions that would make work more enjoyable. I look forward to my career after I graduate. :)


    Best regards,

    Em

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    Hey Kate,

    This is an interesting topic. I have thought about a remote job, since I am a full-time student, and it would be convenient to be able to work from home while I have free time between studying. Like you said, being self-motivated is very important in making sure that you succeed working a remote job, since you are accountable for getting your work done. I think I could make it work with school. However, I would miss interacting with my coworkers in person. Working in a health field, I interact with my peers and other staff as well as patients/clients and it can be very rewarding. I would miss those interactions if I worked remotely.

    - dymphie

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    Hey Kate,
    I have a very flexible job that allows me to work remote if needed. It can be a great resource especially when my kids are sick or I need to be home for something.

    That being said, I am definitely not as productive with work because I don’t have two big monitors like I do in my office and then I usually get sidetracked and do stuff around the house.

    Thanks,
    Morgan

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    Kate-

    I think it definitely sounds desirable to work remotely or work from home, but I'm not sure that I'd have the wherewithal to do it on a daily basis because I'm a huge people person. If I did work remotely, I think I'd have to find a library, coffee shop, etc. to work out of or at least have a dedicated office space. In college, whenever I tried studying from home it was always so tempting to catch up on household chores and avoid work. :/

    Aspects of working remotely that sound super appealing to me include the ability to have a flexible schedule; I'd love to be able to take off and travel whenever I wanted as long as I still met project deadlines, interfaced with clients on time, etc. Plus, as you've mentioned, you can focus on your health more because you might be more inclined to work-out midday than in the morning or at night. I really love bluebella's comment about how we should be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle regardless or whether or not we work remotely. I recently talked to my brother who works as a process engineer and does contract work for a big oil and gas company; he said that his lunch breaks have to be exactly thirty minutes. One day he went over by a matter of a few seconds because he got held up by a train, and he had to email six different people to get the timecard exception approved. Additionally, they expected him to work six minutes after to make up for the few second that he'd missed. Truly, all companies benefit from healthy employees, and I can't imagine that such constraints are beneficial!

    If all employees are in the same location, a mixed schedule might be the answer. Ideally if your company could share work space with another company, you could all meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for conducting tasks that are better completed face-to-face.

    As a future physician, I'll be super interested to see how much of healthcare transitions to telehealth. I've heard of several providers that see patients for mental health, acute issues, dermatology, etc. without leaving the comforts of their own home.

    Thanks

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    Hey,

    I would definitely prefer a local job. Though remote jobs definitely have their perks, with being very independent and not having to go anywhere to do you work, as long as you have internet - I think they're missing things that are critical to me in a job.

    Firstly, people. This is something that is hugely important to me in general, and in a job even more so. I want to be around people who are interesting, and who will make my day slightly more interesting.

    Secondly is the work space. Since I do a lot of things at home, I like having a designated space for work. Whether it's a desk, a table or even a cubicle, somewhere that says: "this is where you work". A like being at of the house and feeling productive.

    Thanks for the challenging post!

    Emmett

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    Hey Kate!

    I have actually thought about this question a lot. I was just in a job that I absolutely hates so I have been on the hunt for some better work. In the situation I am in right now with school, a remote job would be awesome.

    Since my schedule is so busy, a job that I can do on my own time would be ideal. I could still go to school and make money to pay off my tuition. However, I am going to school to get a degree in a very social field. I want to be an industrial engineer which would involve constantly working with different people to solve a problem. Basically, my end goal is to work a local and very social job. I need a lot of human interact throughout the day. I want a job where I can work with people to help people.

    I could see myself eventually retiring to a remote job when I am older, and I don't have as much energy. I wouldn't mind managing a team remotely think it would be kind of fun. We could all meet once a week for coffee and updates!

    Thanks for the topic!

    -Erin

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    Hello Kate,

    I think I would be fine working remotely, I would just need to make sure I had a workspace that was somewhat separate from my living space. For example, I wouldn't do well if my workspace was also my bedroom.

    It would be great for flexibility, however. I often need to go outside during the day, and feel anxious and rushed if I have to clock back in at a certain time. The freedom to roam a bit more makes me much more productive.

    Thanks for the topic!

    - Anna

    Re: Would You Prefer a Remote Job?

    Hi Kate,

    Depending on where I am in my career, and I feel that I can work remotely in a comfortable setting, then I would not mind the idea. I prefer the idea of being able to travel while doing my work, and the idea of that makes me excited because of the endless opportunities that comes with working remotely.