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  • Dustin Poissant

    I use to be a web developer for a marketing firm. I started working at the office only, then a year later I started working remote a few days a week and would just go to the office for meetings. Then a few months later we hired more support so I didn’t need to meet with our customers and I just worked from home all the time.

    Your right, you get left out of the loop all the time. I barely knew what was going on at the office and felt like an outsider. Also with all of dev working from home they didn’t provide healthcare so I moved jobs.

    Now im a software developer (Progress 4GL which sucks) and there are some things I love about being in the office, but some things I miss about working remotely.

    I definitely preferred when it was 3 days a week remote, 1 day a week was all meetings (some management meetings some with clients) and 1 day a week was working together like code reviews.

    Remote has it’s advantages and disadvantages. I think some combination of remote and physically meeting works best. If i was up to me we would all live within a few hours drive of each other and work remotely. Then 2-3 days a month to meet in person and discuss things, we could just rent a small conference room at a hotel for that.

  • robertsweetman

    I think it’s challenging to maintain a healthy environment where some people are remote and others simply aren’t. It very much depends on the culture of the organisation and the character of the participants. Whether it’s actually a benefit or not people’s perceptions of an unfair arena drive envy and toxicity. People still react emotionally to the perception that ‘it’s not fair’ even though they should probably drop this concept as soon as they’re over seven years old…

    The tools definitely exist to support remote working but I’ve yet to find an example of a business moving from 100% office based (and everything that means for interpersonal relationships/politics) to 100% remote.

    The positive examples I’ve heard of are companies where they began by remote working and stayed with it. To a certain extent those organisations are talking their own game so obviously their view isn’t entirely subjective.

    That said I would avoid starting any type of business involving software that WASN’T able to function with members working remotely. There’s only downside to being pegged to a geographical location, not least the cost overhead. This isn’t the factory age anymore.

  • freddy

    is radio streaming radio or it just recording ?