Lauren Schaefer



  • Think about a time you were fabulously productive.
    • Open offices spaces, Working remotely and Cubeland all can be THE WORST.

Why do you want to work remotely?

  • unable to relocate
  • lengthy commutes
  • availability for children or aging parents
  • distracting office environments
  • travel the world

Why do employers offer remote job?

  • attract and retain top talent
  • increate employee morale
  • save money
  • increase employee productivity
    • Fewer sick days
    • Shorter breaks
    • Fewer distractions

What does the research say?

  • The more experience you have, the more likely you can have a remote job.
  • The down side
    • professional isolation negatively impacts job performance
    • having a remote manager may negatively impact you
    • remote employees fear
      • stalling careers
      • isolation
      • distractions
      • blurred lines between work and home life
    • remote work encourages employees to "overwork and to allow their work to infringe on their family role"

How to convince your boss to let you work remotely?

  • Propose an experiment
    • But what about collaboration and water-cooler conversations?
      • When all else fails, talk about the bottom line.

How to be a successful remote employee (Important)

  • Join the right team
    • e.g., fully distributed team
    • consider the communication styles
    • schedule one-on-one for each member
      • Show picture of yourself
      • For becoming the real person
  • Be productive
    • Set daily goal
    • Create a work space suitable
    • Don't work on your couch
  • Communicate with you team
    • Make sure you're making thing person as you're in office
    • Be a great PR agent for yourself
  • Travel
    • Get out your home office
    • Get a chance to meet a coworker in person
  • Actively prevent burnout
    • Take a lunch break
    • Stretch before meeting
    • Turn off your computer after work
      • Include notifications

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