Remote Work Experience
I have worked remotely since 2012, first as a Ph.D. student and program manager at a policy institute, then as a freelancer, and now as a development coordinator of a nonprofit publisher. I have also taught university-level courses online and served on online course development teams. Finally, I have experience working from home with a child, as well as breastfeeding while working from home.
I think these are 3 important parts to being successful as a remote worker
Trust among employees/employers is central. Employers must trust their employees to complete their work, without relying on privacy-infringing surveillance. Communication is also absolutely key. Remote workers must have a solid communication plan (even if they use basic tools like email). I also think that working to complete projects--rather than to log hours--makes remote working more enjoyable and more productive.
My Remote Tools Stack
I'm am low-tech when it comes to remote work. I need a fast, functioning computer and internet connection, of course. A mid-sized table and a place to stand to work as well. Noise-cancelling headphones are a must for me. Ideally natural light for video calls. And lots of tea!
Here's how I plan to contribute to The Remote Clan
I believe that remote work can offer so many benefits to different groups of people (parents, chronically ill individuals, people with wanderlust, etc.) I plan to contribute as an advocate for these groups. I also blog about working from home at doublefourteen.com.
Here's what I want to gain from The Remote Clan
I'm also looking for language and strategies to develop and write remote work policies and plans for organizations. Eventually, I would like to work as a consultant for for-profits and nonprofits that want to go remote, as well as for individuals, especially parents, who want to work remotely. The Remote Clan can help me meet other advocates for forge partnerships.
These are the 2 best topics to start off a conversation with me
-How to integrate, rather than compartmentalize, "work" and "life" -Concerns about the environment and climate change