Questions about telecommuting - a work arrangement in which employees do not commute to a central place of work, but often work from home instead.

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How could I ask my future employer if I can work remotely?

I accepted a job back in October as a software developer for a company I've interned for twice. I have a great relationship with the company, and they were eager to hire me on after the summer's work. ...
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Conflicting information regarding acceptable practice. How to determine if doing something with permission will hurt me?

I worked from home in the month of December for two weeks with my manager's permission. My manager also allowed me to work from home for the next two weeks. A month after this happened a colleague ...
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unofficial telecommuting brings the envy of colleagues..what if there is an HR confrontation

I'm a contracts manager for a public biopharmaceutical company. We do not have a work-from-home policy absent inclement weather. I'm not a lawyer by training but spend most of my time redlining ...
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How to explain that I prefer working alone?

I'm an introvert. I don't enjoy to be around people, and when I have to do work with people around me, it kills my productivity. My current job is remote, I work from my home (or wherever I want to ...
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How might extended remote work affect my employment status? [closed]

I have been working for 5 months within the IT department of an organization, and have chosen to work remotely (telecommute), as do many other people here. So, I don't need to be physically in the ...
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How can we promote informal “water cooler moments” in a remote-only organization?

One of our recent hires gave me an interesting feedback during our last team retro: we lack water cooler moments. For context we're a 100% remote company - the largest based outside the US as I write ...
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My office is too cold, how practical is it to ask to telecommute? [closed]

My office is literally 62 degrees, without a space heater. However, none of the space heaters I've bought have been able to bring it up to above 65 degrees, no joke. My office isn't that big but it's ...
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Remote Work: I moved, my employer wants to reduce my pay

I have been working for the same employer for just over five years in a senior-level position. I was hired on at their headquarters in City A, where I was living at the time, and worked as a ...
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Remotely working on a personal computer from a work machine (off hours) [closed]

I was recently given a new office laptop which has been quite explicit about enforcing certain employer-employee agreements. Because of this I've been reflecting on the ownership rights regarding the ...
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Use my physical location or office address on resume when working remotely?

I'm working remotely for some company headquartered in city X, but I work in city Y. When I list this job on a resume, should I list it under ACME Inc, city X or ACME Inc, city Y
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Asking manager to keep an eye out for opportunities

Few years back I decided to leave a big successful company where I really enjoyed working. I left on good terms (because of family reasons) and moved back to my home country. Because I really didn't ...
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When being acquired, does an employee have very much bargaining power with the acquiring company?

I have been working remotely for several years now. I have found it to be a good experience as I don't have to commute anywhere, and I get to spend a lot more time with the fam. The company that I am ...
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What are the disadvantages [to the employer] of working from home? [closed]

I'm 41 years old. I'm an Australian, and I like things where I am. At 15, I took to software development (computer programming as I knew it then, and as it probably still is now) because it promised ...
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Can I ask for higher salary if I work remotely in a more expensive location than where the company is located? [duplicate]

If a company is located in a location where the cost of living is fairly low, is it fair to ask for a salary increase based on the fact I will be working from a significantly more expensive location? ...
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Is there an ideal mode of communication for resigning from a Remote Job? [duplicate]

Usually when I quit my job, I walk up to my boss and hand them a letter. I like the personal touch of being able to do it face-to-face, and usually when an employee stops by your office with a ...
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My employer wants me to work from the office against my doctor's orders

I work from home in California now due to my medical issues. My doctor wanted me to be off all together but I can't afford it and he agreed to have me work from home. My company is continuously ...
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How to handle work when the manager is suddenly AWOL

Recently the IT manager/director has gone somewhat AWOL. This is a person who works remotely from home and simply works through VPN, email and phone. Ordinarily he has a routine of checking on the ...
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Requesting switch from on-site to remote [duplicate]

I've been with my current company for about 7 months as a full stack developer. I'm planning to discuss the option of moving from on-site to remote work in the beginning of September as I'm trying to ...
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How do you deal with co-workers who respond to your emails without reading the whole thing, or don't read them at all?

I'm a web developer (who writes code -- not css/designer). I work in an office, but many managers work remotely, hence the heavy reliance on email/IM. I am starting to notice a trend where people ...
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Taking price of living into account when paying remote employees [closed]

In his blog post How Much Do You Cost?, Yegor Bugayenko describes the rules he uses to pay people working remotely for him (emphasis is mine): It is a common practice to pay higher rates to those ...
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How to get authorization to work in the USA as a 100% telecommuter

I live in Europe but Im looking for a remote job in the USA, meaning I want to work remotely from home (telecommute).I read "is authorized to work in the USA" as a requirement in most adds. How do I ...
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Negotiate contract work during full time interview

What's the most effective way to negotiate contract/telecommute work in a full-time job interview? Location is 3000+ miles too far from where I love living now (0% chance of me moving) The job is an ...
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I just got a remote job but have to travel to corporate sometimes. Is it typical for the company to pay all travel expenses?

I have traveled for business all my life and companies have always paid for all travel expense. However, I have never worked remotely, so when I accepted the job, I did not think to ask if they cover ...
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Telecommute jobs in US from other country [closed]

In order to work (telecommuting) for a US-based company from another country (Spain in my case), is it necessary some kind of visa?
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Earning some extra money from home as a web developer / programmer [closed]

I'm a student and hobby programmer searching for an opportunity to earn some extra money from home. (In a perfect scenario, about $600 or 400-450 Euro / month, but less would be better than nothing. I ...
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Project Manager Has Difficulty Managing Me Remotely [closed]

I work as a software developer and I have a flexible schedule where I work a few days in the office and a few at home remotely. My project manager is relatively new as a project manager (he was an IT ...
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Biggest reasons for why a company would hire remote workers? [closed]

All my work has been on-site, and now I'm considering remote work. To successfully gain consideration from a company that's hiring remote workers, it may be useful to know why they decided to run ...
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Company Removing Telecommute Option [closed]

I work for a smaller company that has had the option to telecommute since the inception of the company. There is a perception around the company that abuse of the policy by my team is the reason for ...
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What can I do to prepare for working remotely?

Background info: I currently work on site (database developer) but will be moving to another state in a month. My boss has given me the okay to work remotely. I'll be the first remote worker in my ...
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How to get paid as remote developer working from Venezuela? [closed]

Here in Venezuela We have a severe currency exchange control set by the government since 2003. This means that buying and selling any foreign currency freely is not 100% legal and is controlled by the ...
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Forced to take sick leave [closed]

This appears to be the opposite of the usual situation... Can my California employer require me to use accrued sick leave rather than work remotely while I am recuperating? I was working full-time ...
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How do I get my family to respect my home office?

I got my current job a few years ago when the company had a second office near my hometown. A few months later they closed that office and offered me the opportunity to work from home instead. I ...
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How to convert to a work-from-home position

I've been at my current employer for just about 2 weeks shy of 1 year. At first, I was in the office 5 days per week but as winter rolled around many of us started working from home with the bad ...
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How to handle discussing working remote and the impending possibility of leaving for a new job? [closed]

I have been with my current employer for 6 years. While most developers work in-house, we do have several developers who work remotely. For personal reasons, I am currently in the process of making an ...
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What is an efficient remote work setup you use while traveling? [closed]

I'm about to begin working fully remote -- 100% away from a corporate office -- and am curious to what hardware setups have worked for people before. I have a laptop and monitor with a docking station ...
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Telecommuting: how should I ask to successfully achieve it? [duplicate]

I've been working on a company for half a year, as a web developer but also offering consultancy in Android to my colleagues (about 1-2 hours per full-time working day). However, I'm planning to move ...
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How to get remote workers to properly engage while working on a task together?

I believe pair programming creates MUCH cleaner code, much less bugs, better reusable architecture, and better team culture/bond. At my old job, I created dozens of pair programming setups in a ...
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What does it mean when a job post says “Based in the U.S.”? [closed]

I'm an American expat living abroad in Lima, Peru looking for remote work in the software development industry. In many advertisements for remote work at U.S. companies I've seen the requirement: ...
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Manager does not respond to my emails [duplicate]

I am a software engineer from the Ukraine working in a multinational company. My manager is located in the USA. I have a communication problem with my manager that I will explain with an example. I ...
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Skype Interview cancelled due to unclear sound [closed]

Last week, I had a interview call via Skype but that was cancelled because I cannot hear them due to echo. I believe that the interviewers were sitting in a hall and their Skype speaker was on. I gave ...
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Ask for increase after being made home-based

I am a regular employee in our company. But since our company is moving into another city, I have been asked to work home-based since my wife is currently pregnant. Now, is it possible to ask for a ...
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What time counts when it comes to remote work?

I'm getting back into the world of work after being disabled for 10 years and got a job as a software developer. Because of a disability I work from home. I'm starting again at a junior developer ...
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How can I persuade employer to allow me to telecommute after maternity leave is finished?

I am at an IT job that I was very fortunate to get, but hasn't been the best fit for me. However since this is a local government agency, people don't get terminated easily. When I was in my first ...
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What is the best term I can use to describe a distributed programming team [closed]

I have worked on several programming teams in which I was Georgia, my boss was in New York, the design team was in California, etc. We all communicated via phone, a job ticket system and Skype. Most ...
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Getting asked to interview - when should I bring up my living situation?

I'm a software developer about to graduate college, and I have been getting quite a few calls about jobs which are both local and far, far away from me. I'm not sure when I should bring up that I ...
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How to proceed when remote boss doesn't answer emails?

My boss and I sit in different remote sites, several thousands of miles apart. We don't see each other often. On several occasions in the last few months, I have sent him emails asking him for ...
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Negotiating telecommuting for an IT Support technician who's nearly automated himself out of a job

Background: I was hired to support and manage the rollout of a new M$ Surface fleet (200 of them). This includes provisioning, training and support for troubled users of the tablets and the mobility ...
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Is it necessary to work 8 hours a day if I work from home? [closed]

I was previously working in an office from 9-6 but my boss decided for us to work remotely due to various reasons. When I was in an office setting, I had no choice but to stay in the office from 9-6 ...
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Problem with telecommuting work

I'm developer with 2 year experience, already working with my current Boss for 8 month. I'm just starting working telecommuting for 1 month not all the time though just 1 or 2 days for a weeks. Anyway ...
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Solving the “out of sight, out of mind” problem with telepresence [duplicate]

I have a product development department in Mexico, we collaborate mainly with Michigan and distance seems to be a problem as with all distributed teams. Whenever I travel to Michigan, I end up ...