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Perils and Promise of Working Remotely

From a company that waded in at the shallow end, and is now trying it full-time.  The good, and the bad.

NO COMMUTING!

Cutting out the commute means that if you’re working from home, you can spend the time you would be commuting exercising, gardening, cooking, or whatever it is you’d rather be doing than sitting on a train, bus or driving in a car.

COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES

We realized how important it is to be a good communicator (and responsive). It feels a lot easier to talk something through when you can just grab a conference room and talk face to face. Communicating over chat / email requires more discipline when hashing things out. Google Hangouts with screensharing are a pretty great substitute.

With time differences, if you get blocked on work, you sometimes have to wait for business hours for the person who has the answer.

We’re not spread out so far – most of the team is in Omaha, one guy is in Philadelphia, and I’m in Denver.  But  most of their experience mirrors ours at Werner.

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