When I joined the Avanceon team, I was asked if I would be willing to relocate to Pennsylvania or not. This question came right after I purchased my first home in Oklahoma. I had finally gotten everything set up to my family’s liking, we weren’t too keen on packing up and leaving after just getting settled. Luckily, Avanceon accommodates a remote workforce that allows me to be an active team member without having to go through the hassle of moving. However, that does not mean that working remotely is always preferable. Hopefully by sharing my experience, you will be able to decide what work environment is best suited for you.
At first, I was skeptical of working completely from home, thinking that it would be extremely hard for me to focus with so many distractions. And sometimes it can be hard to physically live and work in the same space. I quickly learned that Avanceon’s management team has a good grasp on how to make sure their employees (whether they are in person or remote) stay on task without being too pushy or micromanaging. Not all employers have the ability to balance expectations for both in-person and remote employees.
Remote work has a certain freedom to it that I did not originally anticipate. If you are looking for flexibility in your work, working remote in some instances can even allow you to choose your hours. This is especially important to me because I’m about to start a family and having the freedom during the day to step away from work to help my pregnant wife, or in the future, take care of my child, is an added bonus.
Another thing that my wife and I have discussed is that remote work allows you to perform your job anywhere that has a good internet connection. This means that trips and vacations are not necessarily limited to when you take days off work, but only in having a destination that has reliable internet and is comfortable for you to perform your job.
Don’t get me wrong thought, working remote is not all sunshine and rainbows. While being able to work from the comfort of your home is a nice way to live, I find that I miss building interoffice friendships with my coworkers. It is hard to quantify the importance of in-person interactions with colleagues, but it’s certainly challenging to learn more about my colleagues from a distance. If you are the type of person who thrives off of human interaction, working remotely fulltime might not be the best option for you.
While I interact with others virtually, it doesn’t completely replace actual in-person interactions. If you are the only remote worker on your team, you can feel isolated from the rest of your team. Before you choose whether or not to work remotely you should definitely understand the dynamic of your team. Is your manager remote? Are your teammates easily accessible? Would you be the only one working remotely?
With today’s technology and the growing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic it’s easy to see why remote work is an enticing option, but it does not come without drawbacks. It’s refreshing to see Avanceon fully embrace it, but not all employers navigate remote work in an advantageous way, so it’s most important for you to do your due diligence and conduct research before leaping into remote work.
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