@rossbaltimore Been working from home for 10 years now. My first job was in an office, where I have to travel to and from work. Back then I had to leave the house 2 hours earlier due to really heavy traffic and arrive home 3 hours after work. I'm in the office 6 days a week, 8 hours a day and it feels very toxic and eats up a lot of time that I could've spent with my family.
Working from home and with my current company specifically, I was given the freedom to setup my own schedule. I was able to work at my own pace with tons of time to spend with the family and do other things I enjoy.
@dhox wow, 5 hours of travel per day!? That's horrendous! I live in NYC, and I commute from my childhood house in Scranton, PA in that time.
I definitely notice the extra time at the beginning and ends of the work day. Even though my commute was never more than 30 minutes door to door, there's that 15 minutes of packing up stuff, dressing a different way, etc. etc. that I never thought about but definitely was eating up time.
@rossbaltimore Might be a case to case basis depending on the location, but here in our country (Philippines), with the toxic volume of traffic even on regular days, I'll definitely recommend working from home.
@rossbaltimore been working remotely since the beginning of the year. The main improvements have been as follows.
Reducing time on:
-Distractions from colleagues
Increasing time on:
From the above it seems that there is a clear shift of time distribution from low value to high value activities.
@tyclimateguy a couple things! We use plum.io, which is a psychometric assessment. Takes about 45 minutes and assesses the candidates fit for the position--it gives A LOT of insight... I've enjoyed using the tool tremendously. Next, I actually don't place a ton of value into the in-person interview. A big reason for that is Malcolm Gladwell's recent book How To Talk To Strangers. Awesome book!
@john_lim2 Plum looks really interesting. I've got a friend that's hiring and I'll suggest it to him. You (and Gladwell) are probably right about how bad people are figuring each other out in person. And also when you hire someone you won't know the good and the bad until you actually get to working with them.
@john_lim2@tyclimateguy "getting a feel" is precarious. Have you read the book Work Rules (https://www.amazon.com/Work-Rule...)? It has many deeply thoughtful ideas and analyses about what works well for hiring, what intuitively *should* work but doesn't―or worse, has a negative effect.
Theoretically, meeting people has one of the worst effects on hiring quality. Having said that, I've never been personally brave enough to cut that part out of my hiring process. But, it'll be interesting to hear from you what the results are months from now!
Work from home experience will be different even better, when it's not in a lockdown. If kids were in school, along with other factors such as traveling, would make working remotely even more ideal than now.
Just before the Corona outbreak, i wanted to switch to remote work. All this WFH has given me good insights into working remotely and I have been liking it. I'll definitely switch to a full remote company once all this is over.
Right now I don't like it at all.
I'm much less productive than at the office. I don't get along so well with having to sit in my small student room and having construction noise in front of the window every day. I also find it very annoying to have to eat, sleep and do work in the same environment and to have hardly any variety and contact. I thought remote work would be an interesting perspective but so far I think the opposite.
@dahfab I get that. It sounds like my last 3 months At college writing my dissertation. My room was so tiny I was < 2 steps away from everything I owned. And at least I could leave the apartment for a few hours. Where are you and how long is your lockdown supposed to be?
@terhile_ikyo I’ve heard Lagos traffic is harsh but four hours is crazy. You should be petitioning your get your whole company to work remotely if everybody is losing four hours a day. What kind of work do you do?
I got used to remote work))) But usually I worked in different places to make some changes in surrounding area)) But anyway working at home gave me more possibilities to plan my day as I want not to spend lots of time in transport and traffic jams.
The only difficult thing is to switch from work to home tasks)