As you may (or may not know) Aurea is a largely remote company, which means that I will eventually become remote as well! While I'm 90% excited, I'm also a little worried. I'm a self-proclaimed workaholic and I've always been a wake-up-shower-go-to-the-office-all-day-everyday kind of person. This habit was also drilled into me during the time I worked in Japan for a few years where it was required to come in the entire day every day - even during summer break when my students were all on vacation and I was sitting in the office (hard at work, obviously).
That being said, I'm a little apprehensive about the transition to working from home because...
- I have trouble stopping myself from working if there isn't a clear time to kick myself out of the office and drive home
- There is a 98.7% chance I will become a hermit and my wardrobe will only consist of sweatpants and hoodies
- I will go cross-eyed from staring at the screen so long without coworkers to periodically ask questions so I can divert my eyes away from the screen
JoAnne Kruse, the Chief Human Resources Office at American Express Global Business Travel, wrote an article about the rise of virtual interaction specifically in regards to HR, but I think it is a recent trend spanning every department and every field. This is why I'm sure there are a decent amount of seasoned remote JiveWorks community members who may be able to provide some tips regarding working in a virtual environment. How do you make sure you peel yourself out of your seat, kick yourself out the doors and motivate yourself to change out of pajamas? Libby Taylor already gave me a solid piece of advice to turn my desk so I'm facing a window rather than a wall which would provide an opportunity to look outside to relax my eyes (as recommended by my optometrist so I stop straining my eyes to look at the screen so close to my face) so I look forward to hearing from the larger community as well!
Bonus question: I want a change of pace / change of scenery throughout the week. Do you have any recommended places to work from or places to avoid? Starbucks... the library... anything I'm missing?
Also if you didn't notice that I sneakily slipped in a reference to a Jive customer, Amex GBT, I wanted to give a shoutout to American Express Global Business Travel for their awesome article on HR Tech Outlook! It finally prompted me to ask my burning question regarding working remotely. Having Jive to connect with our coworkers is invaluable, but how do you maximize your day on a personal level?