“I was in quarantine, a long time before the quarantine,” one of my candidates said to me through laughter. For someone who has been working remotely for at least 4-5 years now, the pandemic didn't bring anything new when it comes to working from home, online communication, and team management.
As Technical Recruitment Consultants and and remote work ambassadors, we consider ourselves fortunate to chat with so many amazing tech professionals. Some of our usual questions are:
- How long have you been working remotely?
- How do you like working from home?
- How do you unplug from work?
For many of us remote work is a lifestyle, but sometimes we need a few changes and some distance from our home office, maybe even just for a few hours.
Here are some recommended WFH alternatives
Co-working spaces can be a great place to meet people, share knowledge and ideas, and discover potential collaborations.
Find a co-working place in your city or wherever your internet connection leads you.
Co-working places are very popular among tech contractors and freelancers.
As we all know, there is a special relationship between coding and coffee. If you have a favorite cafe, take your laptop, find a comfortable seat next to the power plug and get to work. Maybe you won't be able to attend the conference calls, but can certainly do some code review.
If you are not familiar with the staff and place, ask for permission to plug in your laptop or anything else you might need.
Don't forget to leave a tip.
Family countryside home
You can work globally, have an international career in your small town or village in the countryside.
During the pandemic, many remote workers decided to go back to their roots and set up a home office.
Enjoy the fresh air, organic food, and family time. Maybe you'll be back with 2-3 kilos more, but it's worth it if you can spend some time with your parents or grandparents. 😀
Have you heard about biophilia? It describes how humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other living things.
Whether it is a beach or riverside, perhaps a park or garden, a day of work in nature brings multiple benefits. It can help you focus, bring a new perspective, and boost your creativity.
Many studies show that our moods take a positive shift when we spend time outside. Research also suggests that spending time in nature can also reduce the risk of depression and anxiety, making you happier and more energetic.
Whatever you do, don't forget to take a break for a while. Keep an open mind as you consider the alternatives and what works best for you.
“We don't live to work, we work to live!”
- Follow public health measures
- Use your own internet
- Protect confidential information
- Laptop and phone charger
- Take your headphones
Working remotely is a lifestyle, and like anything, it takes preparation and a change in mindset. To be an effective remote worker, you’ll need to set yourself up for success first.
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