AlexITC 23 days ago [-]
One detail that hasn't be mentioned so far is, scheduling meetings when the team is distributed among several time zones.

We used to have weekly meetings with different timezone considerations, Latin America, Europe, and Australia, the problem is that you can't find a good time for everyone, I used to wake up at 6 AM to take the meeting while my Australian peer was taking it at 11 PM, and the Europeans taking the meeting at the meal time.

While most meetings could just leave one of those time zones out, there are certainly meetings where having everyone present would be ideal.

gj0 23 days ago [-]
Valid problem, thanks for mentioning it.

Curious, to know how good are these scheduling apps for the same ? https://doodle.com or https://calendly.com/

Hnrobert42 22 days ago [-]
I use an ios app called timetape to keep track of different timezones. It’s not great, but it is simple and effective.
AlexITC 23 days ago [-]
I haven't tried them but the in our case, the problem is the same, there is no good timing to accommodate the 3 time zones.
beatgammit 24 days ago [-]
Mostly my wife expecting me to take an active roll in taking care of the kids during my scheduled work hours. She does a good job of keeping the kids occupied much of the day, but there seems to be a lot more little emergencies that she needs input on than when I worked in an office.

I'm not sure what the solution is, and I'm not convinced it's really a problem since I still get more done than when I was in the office (shorter distractions compared to coworkers always asking easily answered questions). It's definitely something interesting difference though.

sethammons 24 days ago [-]
My wife, kids, and I discussed it. If I am working from home, I'm not home. It was a work in progress for a while, where I nicely said I'm not home right now. Esp. hard when my "office" was in the living room. We all got it to work and later, we got a bigger home and a dedicated office space. That helps.
JSeymourATL 26 days ago [-]
There's a persistent market bias that Remote Workers are a cybersecurity risk, that's a Big Problem.

> https://smallbiztrends.com/2019/08/remote-workers-the-bigges...

slucha 23 days ago [-]
I would be interested in platforms for finding a remote job. Current remote job boards like remoteok.io or http://basedremote.com are mainly developer focused. Is there any non tech related?
gj0 23 days ago [-]
Yeah most of the platforms are dev focused. https://weworkremotely.com has some other categories, check it out.
slucha 22 days ago [-]
Oh yes weworkremotely has some more non-tech jobs, thanks
orky56 26 days ago [-]
Collaboration Tools & Best Practices, Staying Productive being remote, Avoiding isolationism/loneliness, etc., Finding coworking spaces or other places to work remotely, ROI/TCO to show why remote work makes sense
astawiarski 25 days ago [-]
Here are the top 10 problems I faced after starting working remotely full time and moving to another country (both the employer and myself are in the EU) and the findings or solutions I considered or applied.

1. Career progression, especially in management is limited. You will be much better off career-wise in a company that supports and lives remote work than in the one which simply allows it.

2. Some people say it's difficult to negotiate salary increases, which is true, but not unlike negotiating anything else without personal presence. So make sure you negotiate during your regular on-site visits.

3. On-site visits - those really important for many reasons. You may like where you are, but even if the company is fully remote you still need to meet all the folks every now and then. That's in our human nature. However, this is a problem - you need to figure out of often, where to stay etc. Organising getaways with your team requires extra effort from your manager.

4. Meeting participation is difficult. You must overcome the rudeness of interruption. With the network lag you will most likely have to interrupt other people all the time in order to be heard. Also, since you can't just draw on the board easily, so make sure you're well equipped with tools to run your meetings. Take notes, close all irrelevant windows and participate fully.

5. Most managers want an easy life. If you are remote and they aren't, they need to put extra effort to support you. This is even worse if you are the manager or team leader yourself. That means they would often press for reduction in the remote work, so it's easier for them. It would require you to not only prove your worth, as in any workplace you want to grow, but also prove the remote work's worth. Unless there are many more people and the company sees the benefits and opportunities of remote work, it will drain you fast.

6. When it comes to payment that is usually quite easy, especially in the EU - a simple bank transfer. The taxing can be more tricky, but there are four most common options here: A) contracting agreement / self-employment / invoicing, B) having your employer to set up an office in your country, C) performing the duties of the employer of their behalf by yourself in your country, D) being sent for delegation, and regularly renewing it. If you're in EU that may give you tax benefits, if you live in a lower tax country than your employer is, and there is a decent agreement between those two countries to avoid double taxation. If you're an USA citizen though you'll probably not going to like having to pay double taxes. Please seek advice on that one.

7. Health care / insurance - in the EU you're usually better off not taking the company-offered insurance, but relying on the public health-care entirely and just paying for private visits out of pocket. If you like extra treatment you can get a private insurance, but it pays off in very few countries and situations. For the average person the health care in the EU is not that expensive, outside of what you're paying in taxes.

8. Not moving much. This is a big one, especially if you're working remotely from your home. You need to exercise a lot and go out as much as you can.

9. Educating people around you that remote work is still work. Your partner, children, parents, friends. Many of them will not understand at first that even though you're at home, you're actually working. On top of that, if you're taking a break, that is not to help out with some chores or other gardening tasks. It's the time you take to clear your brain, relax and get back to work afterwards - as if you were in the office. You wouldn't be asked to take the trash out while you went for a break out the office, would you? So, just find an agreement with your cohabitants - they will easily understand that once you explain it.

10. Isolation. The lack of personal contact with your peers can really hit you. Make sure you meet with your local friends regularly. Ideally the people you can laugh with and those you can talk to more seriously. Also, try to inject random topics when calling your workmates, maybe when the meeting is over early. They will appreciate that, and so will you.

There is a lot more to sort out, but the possible benefits of the remote work are fantastic. Enjoy!

gj0 25 days ago [-]
This is Gold ! Very well listed out the problems faced while working remotely.
astrodev 25 days ago [-]
There are no problems, it's basically perfect.
shannonmaloney5 26 days ago [-]
4. Having productive remote meetings- SoapBox, and agenda app for one-on-ones and team meetings is tackling this challenge. soapboxhq.com
gj0 26 days ago [-]
Yeah making meetings productive is definitely one area. Looks interesting, will check it out !
thisissidhant 26 days ago [-]
Remote.tools for finding the best remote tools out there.
AthLado 25 days ago [-]
Remote workers are suited best as freelancers _ although not absolutely necessary. We invite everyone that can code to join MOOCTORS as tech tutors. Mooctors (https://www.mooctors.com ) is- a technology tutoring platform set up to help MOOC students successfully graduate their MOOC courses. Tutors set up their fees and timetables according to their likes and lifestyles. Hence a form of remote working.