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Is there a way you can help them learn? I bring up the newborn to 6 …. This recipe is bounds above anything you could get in a box, and honestly, not a whole lot harder. My family just returned from a road trip so I got the idea of sharing this blog post. I have always loved magazines for some reason.
When I was a little girl;I would spend my allowance on things like teen magazines filled with celebrity posters. Most employers silently assume employees have no such maturity or intrinsic motivation , and like to keep tabs on them.
The laziest immature way to do so is still to check if the guy is behind his desk. At least that way you have the illusion he's doing some work, and the alternative is going through the trouble of actually checking said work. Are employers just more mature in this regard?
Or is it cultural because everyone is already used to distances being immense anyway over here a 2h drive is long? Can't agree more Scott. This flexiblity is the best thing I enjoy at Microsoft. I have had experience of such an environment too, which makes me more inclined to having the flexiblity of remote work. Working remote full time is not all ponies and rainbows, and for me, I do consider it somewhat dystopian.
When I'm at home, I'm at the office. It takes a lot of discipline to "shut it off". Doesn't matter if I have a separate room, because my commute is mere steps from the bedroom or kitchen. So I'm "enabled" to work ever waking hour. I worked remotely for just over 5 years and enjoyed the flexibility it gave me. When I returned to working back in an office environment I quite liked the sense of leaving the work behind and having that physical separation.
It's definitely down to the individual and what works best for them. I've also been following the 37signals blog for quite some time - it used to contain a good mix of posts that covered product or UI design or their bootstrap series which is still an interesting read.
However, I find that the tone of their output now is quite 'preachy' and absolute. Different strokes for different folks, and all that. Just because I'm at my child's event doesn't mean the event has begun.
When my kids were in school, we would show up minutes early before their event began to get a good seat or because the kid had to be there early anyway. So technically I'm AT the event, but it hasn't started, and there is time available for me to use. What should I do - sit on my hands? Meals are a little different, but who knows what is going on in those cases. Maybe it has nothing to do with work. Maybe I am answering an email from my mom. But yes, the ad isn't particularly brilliant.
Scott, this is such a great and thought-provoking post. I've been working remotely in some of the same manner you describe for the past 13 years. NetMeeting, CompuServe, and T. I have so many devices now that I could pretty much fix a CSS3 float issue while on the bus in downtown Mogadishu. I also have two children: That's your job as a mom or dad.
Trust me, children will change your perception of time. If you don't have kids, then separate out your significant other or whatever else is important to you. With children, it really does change things. You realize that you have a finite limit and suddenly you are no longer willing to waste one single second on anything. Don't mix the two. I can guarantee that you won't be lying on your deathbed 50 years from now wishing you had worked longer hours.
Set firm boundaries with both your clients as well as your family. And stick to them. Use them wisely and never mix personal with business if you work remotelyor anywhere for that matter. Same goes for social media. I only use Twitter and LinkedIn now for business. If you use social media, make sure you do not mix it with business. It's a bad idea for many reasons but not enough space here to type it all out sorry.
Again, would your attorney or accountant add you to their Facebook friends list? I mean, come on, seriously That is a big one that many remote workers forget. For myself, it's a site, database, or email system that goes completely down or serious security breach. That's not the client's fault. Email will raise your heart rate, take you out of the moment, and destroy your personal time in death by a thousand cuts.
Your most important clients or boss if you have one will need to learn to reach you via phone in emergencies anyway. If it's truly an emergency, and you are, say, at a soccer game to keep with that analogy , they by all means be available, take the call, and put out the firebut do so in the parking lot, please. Keep that separation there at all times. And it better be a big-ass roaring fire and not simply someone else working when it's convenient for them on a Sunday afternoon.
Oh, and get the smartphone the hell out of your bedroom. Leave it on the kitchen counter at night. Try that for 3 days and see if the world ends. And you might just reconnect with your significant other in ways you forgot about since Even if only for a few hours. I can't stress this enough. If you try nothing else I mention, do this.
And you need to do this at least once every 7 days. I no longer carry my smartphone with me all day on Sunday. And it's been so beneficial and awesome that words can't describe it. And you know what? Not once did the world end. Not once did I lose a client. Not once did I get fired. By having some time that you are totally off the grid, two things happen very quickly: And to my boss: Try it for exactly one week. It will make you think.
About a lot of things. If you can't do this, then you have a problem, and it's not with your bowels. And I mean as if you were sitting in a cubical at work. Stick to them like clockwork. And make sure your family also does not interrupt you during this time.
Like your clients, you should only be interrupted in the event of emergency. This must go both ways in order for remote work to be successful.
My wife understands that there had better be blood somewhere if I'm interrupted. Well, look at how many pages he actually did get written.
So, ok, he had a few other issues. But separate the message from the messenger. Wearing sweats to work hey, it's from home, right? But if you dress up a bit, you will feel like you are more in the zone. Dress professionally and you will think professionally, and ultimately act professionally. And if you do that webcam meeting thingy, all the better. This is a big one that many will disagree with. But it works for me and I believe to be very important. Imagine trying to reach your doctor via SMS on a Saturday.
If truly an emergency, then both parties need to drop what they are doing and connect over the phone. This is the most efficient and fastest way to resolve a problem. Yes, I know there are exceptions and texting is faster for emergencies, and we live in a new age of 'work anywhere', blah blah blah blah. And yes, old gramps smoked 3 packs a day and lived to be Especially if you work remotely.
If not now, then when? If not you, then who? Answer your phone immediately. I see often usually in postings on sites like Mashable time management articles that say things like "Switch off the phone and focus.
Then, return the calls later on in one big batch. Man, it's just so silly, selfish and complete BS. If everyone across the board did that, then it would be impossible to reach or speak to any business on the phone EVER.
Answer your damn phone. It's not that hard. It's ultimately faster than email, and you are a professional regardless of where you work, remember? If you are in the middle of a coding session, then that should be blocked off on your calendar for a specific set start and end timejust like a meeting.
Arrange your meetings and appointments and use your calendar as a home base for all your time management. But when you are not in meetings, then answer your phone without exception. That will be the 1 most valuable thing to your clients and they will actually start to project manage and set expectations around this new paradigm you define.
Oh, and if you have a client that routinely wastes your time and prevents you from answering the phone in general for everyone else then use caller ID and send them to VM most of the time. Nothing wrong with that. I said earlier that you teach people how to treat you.
When I first implemented some of the steps above, I did receive from a few clients a a couple of Extinction Bursts definition. I encountered enough resistance and nastiness that I no longer kept that client or job. But I also no longer have as much increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and regret later in life, so I guess that's a good thing. I'm more relaxed at work. More in the zone. More plugged in with my family, and much, much more productive and efficient.
And this translates to more time and more quality time, I must emphasize for the things I breathe for: You have to actively work at this to make it happen. It took me 10 years to figure that out. And it's not easy in this day and age with the mentality going around. But most things that are great take effort to implement. The specifics I mention above are not for everyone. Not by a long shot. I'm finding that the older I get, the more important maintaining that balance becomes.
But there's a right and reasonable way to set boundaries, and without being a remote jerk. Ask yourself, are you happy with working remotely? Do you feel respected by your clients? If so, then awesome. You are managing remote worklife effectively. If not, then you need to find what works for you.
Don't spend ten years figuring it out like I did. Spend 6-months to a year at most. Read books on the subject and good blogs like this one. Do it in a fair and balanced manner that respects the needs of your clients, with the needs of your family and personal life.
Ultimately, you will become more valuable to them both. Ignoring the jab at Microsoft, the "dystopian" future is what I'm concerned about. First, I want to say how much I can appreciate all the comments written here as it seems so many of us remote workers share the same type of experiences.
After more than 10 years of working from home and enduring what others have mentioned above about how non-remote workers think you goof-off all day or say they wouldn't have the discipline to work from home, I suspect that the inherent type of work in software development just lends itself very well to remote work.
But, while I've felt that I've had for years to defend my work ethic to others, I think what I haven't noticed until today is that I've we've won that battle and the spoils of victory is that people now know you're always on-the-clock; you may not always be working, but you could be.
And that's not such a great thing. People now have an expectation that you could be working anytime and that even if you're currently not working, you could access your work quickly. The result is that people no longer think you're sitting on your couch watching Oprah, but they expect that through the weekend you could bang out something for Monday.
Hate it or love it, I think the "mostly remote, but meet when you need to" workplace is obviously the way of the future. How much time and energy are wasted just transporting humans back and forth from home to office, so you can communicate with your co-workers via chat or e-mail anyway?
I only work remotely occasionally, but on days I do, I have 2 more hours of free time and I'm not burning a bunch of gas just to haul my butt to a different computer that's an hour away for no reason.
We were out in Bracknell and most of the workers commuted there by train. The company had this policy that if you worked late, they'd pay for a hotel room. So it was sort of a "Home at Work" policy. Monday, November 18, 5: For starters, I think we have to identify what kind of employee we are discussing: Salaried exempt, salaried non-exempt, hourly, or contract.
The expectations of those environments are and should be different. Salaried exempt is essentially an on-going deliverables contract. There may be surges and spikes of time demand but the expectation is that it averages out over time. I think this is the target audience of this discussion. The second variable is accessibility expectations.
That is a separate concern and should be discussed and part of the agreement to work. My question to Scott is: It's time we face that the world is not just changing, it has in fact changed. IMHO, remote workers are a mutually benefit both parties, employer and employee, given both are disciplined in the practice.
Enabling hardware and software tools are in fact liberating for both parties as well. Those who drink heartily from the marketing pitcher are bound to wind up with polar opinions on a multitude of subjects. Again, IMHO, marketing is something to be taken with a grain of salt. If we were all to take marketing seriously, then we'd probably be in various skirmishes over the dish washing liquid, liquid soap vs bar soap, shampoo, et al products we've been living with for years.
Thanks for the great article, Please keep 'em coming. Hi, Which technologies are on demand for remote work?
I have been working from home for the last 9 years. I go to the office maybe twice a year. The arrangement seems to work as I guess if it didn't then I wouldn't still be here 9 years later. Remote working is tolerated by the company I work for as the general rule is that developers do not work more than 1 day as week from home. I'm just a historical exception. Remote working, works for me but it's not for everyone. There are a lot of distractions at home. When I say distractions, I probably mean potential distractions.
I've coped because I treat it like any other job. I get up in the morning and "go" to work. There are tables inside if you prefer to eat inside! Plenty of tables outside as well. Customer service was good. I would have to say for an express Santorini, it was great!
The gyro meat was delicious. I love how their gyro meat is not overly salty and oily. It's thick and seasoned just right and soft with every bite!! The chicken skewers have always been my favorite! If you prefer no skewer, you do have an option to pick just the grilled chicken! Good variety for those on the go, especially in this business area. A great place to have Santorini.
The rice wasn't dry which some restaurants tend to always make dry.. They give you four pita breads.. I normally just eat two, so it is nice they are generous with their pita bread.. The owner of Santorini is a great guy.. As a long time fan of the Santorini in Scripps Poway, I was excited to see this location closer to home.
I stopped by after work to grab dinner, but left a wee bit disappointed. The feeling is like Anyway, my gyro plate just didn't taste as fresh as it normally does. The meat was slightly dried out and the rice was terribly salty. It probably sat all day in a warming tray, absorbing all the salt. I realize that it was 30 minutes until closing, but I expected the same quality that the Scripps Poway location is known for.
Tried this place for lunch and it was really tasty. I liked the quinoa with veggies base. I added grilled veggies, feta, olives, gyro meat and grilled chicken. I only wish the woman prepping my food spoke more. It was my first time there and I had to guess what I was doing. Then on the end there are just metal lids. I didn't realize the meat was in there. She just stood there and looked at me.
Well other than that, the man that cashed me out was friendly and the place was nice and clean. Perfect for a quick lunch spot. Good lunch specials as well. Their French fries are so good! I never had a chance to try out Greek Bites in the Sorrento Plaza food court, so when it was upgraded recently to a Santorini Island Grill location, and my stomach was rumbling yesterday whilst in traffic, I decided to finally try them out.
One of the things that made me leery of Greek Bites was how dingy it looked inside; as Santorini, the environs look a lot more inviting and clean, complete with a flat-screen TV set to ESPN. The counter service guy that took my order was friendly enough. The gyros actually wasn't that bad - I liked how it was presliced for quickness, and the taste was quite savory.
I opted for all the veggies on the sandwich - lettuce, tomatoes, pepperoncini slices, cucumbers, and kalamata olives - and they were all fresh, with the cucumber sauce as a great pairing. And the roasted vegetable side I went with also was great, with the mix of diced zucchini, red peppers, onions, and carrots being right in the middle of tender and firm textures albeit they were also a bit on the cold side.
I'd like to try Santorini's breakfast offerings, but those are only available after 7am Plus, as many of the reviews attest, the price point is a bit higher about the same as Daphne's or Luna Grill further down Mira Mesa Blvd. Nice change to the way you order a gyro.
They use the subway concept for gyros. The guy warmed up the pita then brought it down the line. You get to choose the veggies, meat, and the different sauces. When it's done the way you want, you also get a container of tzatziki sauce on the side. Customized gyro is a pretty great idea. You can get it with all the same stuff that goes on a Greek salad if you want.
The rice is very flavorful. Depending on what time you come, the parking in front might be rough. The area between the bank and this business is fairly traveled.
I've been stuck waiting for an opening while trying to back out. There is a larger parking lot off to the side. That's ideal during high traffic times.
Cold customer service, borderline rude with a sour look on his face. Couldn't, or wouldn't, speak clear English so ordering was a challenge. I ordered and as I walked out with the food the guy behind the counter and some other guy in the back started laughing really loud about something, my order I'm guessing.
The food was almost inedible as it was so overly seasoned that you couldn't even taste what you were eating. I felt nauseous afterwards and have been in and out of the restroom all day.
I definitely won't be returning. Generous portions of quality Greek classics. Service with a smile. Parking can be tough. I've had the Gyros here a couple of times. Both cases they loaded up the plate with meat, crispy fries a bit salty , a simple salad and pita. Just good prices good food foe those with a big hunger.
They have a great lunch special that is perfect with my gym schedule. The portion of the gyro plate is really huge for a small price. A real bang for your buck. Next time I'm coming for the Greek salad. I saw the person before me order and they had the option to add two proteins. They packed her salad with chicken breast. Clean establishment as well clean and healthy food. They changed this place to Santorini Express and did a total remodel of the restaurant! I like the new decor and the staff seem really friendly and up-beat.
I stopped by for my wings but their menu changed so they may not have the same stuff you are used to. Fortunately, they still had my lemon wings on the menu! I love lemon and if you love lemon then you'll love their wings and their chicken dishes. Greek food tends to be pricier than other fast food but I don't mind paying a little more for good flavors. Walked in at 7: Waited about 7 minutes til I walked out,did not see a sign that said will be back or any notice at all Tried this place out and was not disappointed.
We popped in for lunch and like the remodel. Plenty of parking, friendly guys working. I especially like the "making it just for you" style because I always forget to say no onions, so seeing my options laid out in front of me was great.
I ordered the gyro with some season fries. Both were really good, loved the flavor. Easy to order, friendly and helpful, will be back to try the gyro fries for sure.
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