As we put full-on COVID19 lockdown behind us, some are happy to swarm back into the office, and some are looking at commutes and 9-5 office life with fresh eyes. Where are you? Ready to keep it remote? Still just contemplating?
Either way, 10 Secrets will help you navigate the non-technical, soft-tissue aspects of the journey.
"As a remote worker for more than a decade, I can say that Wayne's tips are gold. Ignore them at your own peril."
"I've been working remotely for over two years and traveling around the world during that time as well. This book touches on many of the challenges I faced when deciding to ask my boss about becoming a fulltime remote employee, as well as some of the challenges I continue to face being one of the few remote employees. Cannot recommend this enough if you are thinking about taking the leap."
"Fantastic! Not all applies to my situation but so much is applicable. Communication without interruption -- complete game changer. Also, love how real and authentic this was. I could hear your voice throughout. Thanks for some good laughs while learning!"
Before COVID19, many people had a glib, lazy perspective on remote work. "With all this tech," the thinking went, "working from home is easy."
Yes, the tech is there—Zoom, Slack, VPNs, web-based collaboration tools, etc. But making #remotework stick, in the context of an office or company where everybody else is still in the office every day, takes strategy. The politics. The FOMO. Maintaining influence over projects and products and policy. Fighting the lazy stereotype of the digital-nomad tech-bro drinking margaritas in a Mexican cantina while feigning head-down productivity via iPhone. Avoiding the resentment triggers that may encourage jealous colleagues to engage in pass-agro sabotage.
That's all real. And it's harder to deal with it remotely. That's why we're here.
Remote work isn't for everyone, in any field. But it's more practical than a lot of people realize. And after this COVID19 pandemic is over, more and more employers are going to have to take this seriously—maybe even yours!
If you're tempted to try to stay remote, after all this is over, while most or all of your colleagues return to the office, read this first!