Op-Ed: How working remotely can bring workers closer together
On a recent weekday I joined a group of about 20 other people working remotely. We were chatting online, and at times physically nearby, but when we had to make a trip we were all miles away from each other at a Starbucks.
Most of the people I met are employed by companies in the United States and Canada. They are people who work in a variety of fields, from finance and technology to fashion and hospitality. A few of us are in graduate school, but most of us are working for companies that are large enough to have offices in other countries.
The majority of these people work in remote teams, on the internet, and on the phone. It is not unusual to find people working in the same office building who work from a different building. Each person carries on the work of the person on the other side of the world.
The companies that hire these people are often very different from one another, and the people on each team work very differently as well. Some people are in teams that work full-time while others work part-time and, in some cases, work “remotely” while they go back to their “normal” job.
When you work remotely, you find that you can make yourself more productive. You can focus on the things that you are good at, and the work that is interesting to you, and you can make the progress that you need to make.
There is great satisfaction, and a sense of accomplishment that comes from being in a group of peers and coworkers who are all working together in your same location, but not actually in the same office as you.
The time that you are apart has been reduced, and you have to make the necessary changes that make your life more enjoyable.
Each of the people that I met are very passionate, dedicated, and hardworking people. They are driven and very successful. Some of them are part of a team that is successful already, but others