In my (almost) seven years of working at Spectrum, I’ve spent three years as a remote employee. To be honest, I didn’t know how long this remote gig would last, but I’ve fallen into my routine and I’ve really made it work. While it’s true, remote working isn’t for everyone, I have found that I’m less distracted, more productive and deliver a higher quality of work in my home office then when I’m in DC for my monthly visit.
It turns out that I’m not the exception. In today’s world, more and more companies are instituting remote working policies because they’ve found it fosters work/life balance of employees and also increases the overall productivity of the company. In fact, a Microsoft Telework survey found that 60 percent of respondents said they are actually more productive and efficient when working remotely because less time is spent commuting and there are fewer cubicle “drive bys” causing distractions.
There are many stereotypes of remote workers–we’re introverts, socially awkward, don’t own any real clothes besides pajamas–and most of these are not true. But I do have to come clean on this beautiful March Madness Friday and confess that I occasionally: