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Remote Work Experience

I have worked in varying degrees of remote for the last 8+ years. I started in a small office outside of the company's main hub. After a few years and the rest of the people leaving my office, I was the only person left in the state. I moved into a coworking space and have spent the last 5 years working with a community of entrepreneurs and other remote workers.

I think these are 3 important parts to being successful as a remote worker

The first is to find a local community around you - loneliness is real if you don't have an office to go to. Second, *proactive* communication is vital - Slack and other tools are great, but the remote worker has to be proactive about instigating and engaging in conversations with their distributed team. Third, successful remote workers are good at setting boundaries to protect their time, their space, and their work.

Here's how I plan to contribute to The Remote Clan

I hope to share my personal experiences and help people understand the value of getting out of the house while working remotely. I'd like to influence some companies to shift their office budgets to coworking stipends for employees as they move to distributed/remote working arrangements.

Here's what I want to gain from The Remote Clan

I hope to learn more strategies for effective asynchronous communication. I'd also like to learn effective ways for setting expectations with employees that are new to remote working and supporting them through the change.

These are the 2 best topics to start off a conversation with me

I can talk endlessly about recruiting and people operations, and I also love reading romance novels. :)