What are the biggest benefits of being a remote worker?
The flexibility. I love being able to go to a café and work there for a few hours each day, then return home when I want to listen to some music while working, or actually cook something in my kitchen for lunch. I feel like a more well-rounded person being able to choose how my day goes.
Living in the metro Atlanta area, it’s hard not to mention traffic. The increased productivity from eliminating commutes is a big benefit of working remotely. Fewer office distractions also help to increase focus on important business initiatives. Ultimately, the productivity boost resulting from working in a remote office allows me to carve out intentional time dedicated to important parts of my life like my participation with volunteer organizations and spending time with my treasured family.
With the flexibility I have right now, I can take care of my daughter way better than before. I’m able to get her from kindergarten in the middle of the day and just put in some more hours in the evening. I also recognize how I am more aware of how I feel and act accordingly, e.g. taking a nap if I’m really tired.
A combination of the perfect work environment and perfect coworkers. In a remote position, I’m able to enjoy my work from the comfort of home, but I also have continuous access to some of the brightest, most entertaining team members around. It’s hard not to appreciate them and the company for that opportunity.
If I have to imagine a 9-to-6 life at the office for the next 5 years, I’m confident that this will drastically affect my productivity, motivation, creativity and overall personal and professional development. Changing working environments is healthy and boosts the creative juices, and I don’t want to force people to quit just because they’re bored at the office and want to switch their desk or room.
Additionally, seasonality in Europe means that winter may be cold and harsh, which doesn’t really get me thrilled to leave home freezing at 7am and be stuck at traffic for at least an hour and a half, instead of leaving later, or sitting at the coffee shop downstairs.
Attending conferences is also something that we have to do regularly, which is completely compliant with our work and allows us to stay abroad for another two or three days catching up with work, as well as sending emails or reviewing progress for a few hours a day when traveling around.
I used to live in San Francisco and loved my job at Dropbox. However, when my husband was offered an opportunity to move to Barcelona with work and we had the seemingly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live abroad, we knew we had to take it!
Then came the difficulty of navigating a new location, new language, and new work environment. Remote work is perfect for me for two reasons:
- I’m able to continue to work in a market (Silicon Valley!) and industry (Tech!) that I know and love.
- I do not have to sacrifice my personal life to do so. This means both living in the same city as my husband and having the flexibility to travel lots while maintaining a full-time job.
I love working from the coziness of home—that’s one of the biggest advantages for me. I don’t care if it rains, if it’s freezing cold, or if it’s super hot—no need to think what to wear and how bad the traffic will be. Also, another great benefit is being able to meet and interact with people from all over the world and learn different cultures.
There are so many benefits, but one of my favorites is that my office is totally pet friendly! My dog and cat keep me company throughout the day, and I am sure to leave the office and get outside at least once a day in order to walk the dog.
I have a lot of autonomy in my position as a remote worker, and can work when and how I am most productive. I keep regular office hours (8-5ish) but enjoy maximum flexibility if I need to be at an appointment or want to take advantage of a sunny day and get outside for a hike.
The glamorous answer is that I get to travel and work, which is true!
The cool answer is that I get to work with amazing people from all over the country and the world, and I love getting to know them and the lives they’re living that are so different than mine. Having employees all over the world has also brought world events into intense focus. You really see things differently when someone you’re talking to every day is being affected!
The less glamorous, but also really important, answer is that I’ve been able to build a big business relatively quickly without completely sacrificing all my personal relationships. If I had worked the hours I worked in the first few years of business in an office, and not been home to at least see my husband for dinner…it would have been terrible! I am so thankful that I didn’t have to choose the business OR my relationship, I got to have both.
Freedom to manage my schedule based on what works for me. Even companies with flexible hours end up conforming to a schedule because of peer pressure at the office. Instead, I work the times when I’m productive. In the mornings, I do my high priority, focused work. Then I have lunch and go to the gym for a break. Then, in the afternoon, I do admin work like email.
That I do not need to sit in a car and drive. As an example I can walk my 10,000 steps a day while walking around Lady Bird Lake in Austin while I am on a conference call.
I get up in the mornings and can have a really nice morning with my kids. I have hired my husband too. So it is a family business.