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by Caroline Romano
Whether you are a full-time remote employee or there is a once-in-a-century worldwide health crisis that requires you to stay home, there may come a time where remote work is your new way of life.
Remote work has been accelerating all over the world. Entire industries can now successfully operate within a remote-workforce. Most professionals are seeking out jobs that allow the flexibility to work outside of a traditional office environment. That being said, the foreseeable future will be a strange test for those who are used to office-based work, requiring us all to power through the unexpected.
Freestar is fortunate enough that our work does not need to be done in a specific place to be executed successfully. About half of our employees previously worked from their houses, from all over the country. For anyone who is anxiously entering uncharted territory as a first-time remote worker, our Freestar family is here to help make that transition a little bit easier.
Keeping in mind that what works best for remote workers will vary from person to person, we asked a few of our employees to share what keeps them focused and inspired when working in their own homes. This is how our remote working veterans take full advantage of the opportunities that a remote working lifestyle gives them, while remaining positive, healthy and on the path to success.
“I’m a very organized person so I need an environment that is clean, organized, and inspiring. I have a cozy setting that isn’t too cozy with a desk that I keep clean so I can be comfortable and ready to tackle my day. My days are more flexible so it’s easier to map out what my day will look like. I’m internally motivated so it’s also easy to get swept up in a tunnel of my own focus without the distractions.”
Los Angeles, CA
“It’s easier to work longer and be more focused. No commute time and frustration. It’s easy to pop-in and check on things at any time, day or night, weekend or weekday. This flexibility in our industry makes me not only happier but more efficient and more time actually working in a day.”
Los Angeles, CA
“I spend a lot of my time on calls, so I don’t have much “downtime” per se. Most of the time I don’t really think about being remote versus not. Which I think is a great byproduct of Freestar really emphasizing the use of video chat.”
“If I’m in my house, then I’m near my computer. Productivity is never an issue, and video conference calls are a game-changer. No commute means more time to focus and build a schedule that works for me.”
“Working from public places – Non-Social distancing (when the world is back to normal), and capitalizing on downtime and/or multi-tasking to take care of tasks I’d normally need to put off until getting home from the office.”
“Always make sure to strike a healthy balance between work and home. Clear lines will help you focus when you’re working and unwind when you’re done.”
“Knowing that many Freestar employees are in a different time zone and those afternoons would be busier in terms of back and forth communication, I use the mornings to get emails out and get other work done to free up my time.”
“I have the option to start as early as I want. I can also pop in and answer things at any time to really go above and beyond for the publishers. I love being able to cook a quick 15-minute lunch that was prepped the previous day, but is cooked fresh. I enjoy little things like being able to hug my cat during the work day and work without shoes on.”
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