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Questions tagged [telecommute]

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 should this type of remote work environment be handled?

I work as a team lead for a small remote-working team. Last year, it had grown from 3 to 9 people and I am looking for advice on how to improve the effectivness of this team. There is 9 team members ...
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How to convince HR to let my star employee work from home?

We recently got a new CEO and he took away everyone's ability to work remotely, including that of my most productive team member. As you can guess, everyone's productivity has dropped considerably, ...
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How soon after being hired is it “safe” to ask for remote work?

I am a very recent grad and landed a job as an automation developer at a local company. I have worked at this company for about a month. The problem I live in a suburb more than an hour away from ...
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Probably going to be sacked after requesting to work remotely

I am a software engineer and I am finally taking the plunge to work remotely full time. I've been working for the company for just under 2 years and have never had any issues whilst working there. ...
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Is it appropriate to breastfeed my baby during a conference call (voice only), and how do I mention her noises?

I have a 3 month old daughter and have just started working again for my employer full-time from home after maternity leave. She is quite a needy baby and will sometimes cry if I'm not holding her. I'...
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How to tell company that you will be leaving after one day of joining a remote unpaid internship

I started working as a remote(work-from-home) intern at a very young startup. The internship is for 3 months and I just learned I will have to attend a 3-hour meeting every night. For every meeting ...
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Change to a remote position [closed]

I work as a developer in the UK but I am from another country. I have been working for the same company for nearly two years now. The thing is that I am a bit tired of living here and I really want ...
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Looking to transition to a new role that lets me work remotely, but the position is a lower rate [closed]

My situation is a bit complex. Because my wife has moved to another state for her work, I want to be able to join her, but I don't want to leave my current employer. I've requested the ability to work ...
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What are the common employer worries/screeners when selecting remote developers?

In order to increase my chances to get my ideal remote job I am trying to anticipate and solve the common concerns the employer may have. I have listed some: Is the timezone compatible? Does this ...
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Emergency Job Searching Techniques

I was laid off unexpectedly last Thursday. The company for which I worked was acquired (I didn't even know this was in the works, and it sounds like most others didn't either), and the acquisition ...
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Can a US Citizen work remotely in US from EU?

I'm a software engineer and I hold a dual citizenship, American and of an EU country. I currently work in the US but recently I have been contemplating returning to Europe while working remotely in ...
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Childcare and remote working

I work at a small company and am part of the internal development team (10 of us). Our team structure is as follows: 1 manager 2 testers (1 remote, 1 office based) 6 developers 1 product owner A ...
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How to present request for doing remote work on Wednesdays?

My wife takes a new job, she won't be back home every day, and I find myself in need of taking care of my kids on Wednesdays (day with no school). I work on an important project at my company, and I ...
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Requesting to work from home in a new job in a new city

I'm interviewing for a job a few hours away from my home, I would love this job and I'm sure I'd be a great fit. I want to be honest and transparent from the start with them, I want to work from home....
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How should I approach my boss about working from home while pregnant?

I am nearly 27 weeks pregnant. My last day of work before maternity leave will be September 7th. I told my boss I was pregnant in May. I'm really struggling with dizziness and lack of sleep. I have ...
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Events (or alternatives) for Remote Workforce

As a manager of a firm with a traditional office, you can hold events from time to time in which you get the team together for something non-work related to help build a sense of comradery, ...
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How to convey to my employer my strong wish to work remotely without sounding threatening?

I am a developer in a small company (~15 people). We are allowed to work remotely on some occasions (health, appointments, weather, etc.), but not on a regular basis. I enjoy working from home for a ...
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Is it unprofessional to leave meetings that run over work hours as a remote employee? [duplicate]

I currently work as a remote employee , and we have a few weekly meetings that start at ~5:30PM EST and run normally for 1.5-2 hours. Would it be unprofessional/not-advised to leave the meeting at ...
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How to answer: Tell us about your remote work environment?

I'm applying for a remote job at StackOverflow so there's a question which states: Tell us about your remote work environment. Please include information about your hardware. How should I answer ...
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Manners in electronic communication delays

My current employer is very distributed, over different countries. So all communication is via instant messaging. People are very bad at getting back to you when asking for help. How long should I ...
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Got a remote job offer, how do I know that it's legitimate?

Recently I was contacted by a company for a remote job offer for a Russian company (I am in India). I accepted that and I had a face-to-face meeting with one person from their team. He asked for my ...
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Dealing with a manager unwilling to allow work remotely

I started a new job as a developer about 8 months ago. I negotiated with my employer to work part-time, having great flexibility on start/end hours, as I have a kid. At the begining of this year, we ...
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What can I do, as a remote manager, to smoothly onboard new employees

Background info: I am the only remote worker in my organization and live out of state from my main office. I have remotely mentored interns previously. These will be my first direct reports. I have ...
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Moving from San Francisco office to work remotely from Tahoe area, and my employer wants to cut my pay [duplicate]

I've been with my non-profit organization, based in San Francisco, for three years. In October, I informed my supervisor that I am planning on moving to the Tahoe area in mid-December. The move is ...
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Best way to convince boss remote working is the way to go? [duplicate]

I'm a programmer and I work in an office. I work in an office that outsources most programming work to asia. I don't really know why but I've been told that the boss doesn't want me to work remotely. ...
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if i am setting up to work remotely for a company via an intermediary, can i expect to get paid their national minimum wage, or a local minimum wage? [closed]

The company I'm asking about hires a lot of remote workers, for various projects, and seems to prefer working through freelancing sites (upwork, for example.) During initial talks I mentioned what I ...
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Work from home policy canceled for “fairness”, yet two senior level managers work 100% remotely. Discriminatory benefits? [closed]

Our company enables online education (irony) and has about 100+ employees. After alleged abuse of the work from home (WFH) "policy" (since there was no real policy aside from your manager being ok ...
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How to professionally handle criticism for work that I have inherited?

I am a software engineer. About 7 years ago, I started my first job out of college at Alpha Inc. (fake name, to protect the innocent). Alpha Inc. was in what my mentor called the "large startup" ...
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Can a foreign citizen working remotely be a CTO for a US company?

I am 17 years old and working at a startup where I am co-founder and CTO. Soon I will reach my 18th birthday and then I want to register my work experience formally. Our company is based in the USA, ...
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What are some of the pros of being a remote recruiter versus a contract recruiter?

I applied for a driver recruiting job. The company called me and I told them I am looking for a remote recruiting position, NOT contract. Meaning I would be their employee, but work from home. The ...
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How to get ownership of your work when you are all over the place?

I work remotely for a US company. I do customer support, training, onboarding; presales, lead generation, identification of potential collaborators; project management and keeping track of everything ...
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Getting involved by senior menagement while working in the field

I work remotely for a US startup. I am in the field as BizDev minion. I have a senior colleague who travels all around. I don't report to him, but senior management contacts him all the time for our ...
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How to react to employer offering way less than what my manager recommended for as raise?

I'm firstly going to give you some background. I work for a west coast USA startup that performed extremely well this year (it doubled the last year income record). I work remotely from Europe and I'...
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How to get the most out of “to HQ” trips?

Working remotely my company pays me a given number of trips to the company's headquarters each year. Each of them usually last one or two weeks. I use these opportunities to directly talk with my ...
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Mentor while working remotely? [closed]

I'm going to provide some context below, the question is after this section: It's been a while since I started to work in my professional field and I have reached a level of knowledge I think is high ...
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How should I handle a junior team member trash talking me behind my back?

I'm on a team of 10 or so people. About half of us are remote in parts of California, and half are in the office in the Bay Area. A few years ago, a specific team member, we'll say "Team Member 1" (...
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Received offer but no reponse from follow up e-mails

I read this thread for reference but I think my situation may be slightly different and I'm unfamiliar if this company culture is relatable to anyone I recently applied for a company to do remote ...
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How to handle conference calls when you can't hear well

I recently just started working full time at a large company after graduating college. At my company, we have hubs in two locations so it's not uncommon that whenever we have meetings, there's a ...
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Co-Worker Overreacts to Request for Clarification

I received an email from a business user requesting an update of national identifiers for 1150 employees. Being the fairly new guy (I've been with the company for only a year), I looped in the other ...
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Do remote employees need permission to move to another state?

I work in a state and my employer is in another state. I would like to move with my family to another state that is actually closer to the headquarters. Do I have to get permission from my employer ...
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Previously booked holiday

So I'm in the last stages of the interview process, they're sending me an offer, and the job I'm at right now was remote. Because of this, I had booked a flight to Italy (return flight pending) ...
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Is it worth dealing with a bad recruiter if the target job seems good?

I was recently contacted by an external recruiter on LinkedIn for a job that would be a two-hour commute with some flexibility in telecommuting. I spoke with the recruiter on the phone a few times, ...
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What should I do when my client keeps revealing more requirements? [duplicate]

I am a freelance developer and a virtual assistant. I assist my clients with technical things like getting something to work in Linux. I work from home and my clients use online instant messaging ...
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Remote work - good platform for future personal growth as software developer? [closed]

Currently I am working in small company as software developer (office work). However, through contact with my ex-manager, and couple of interviews, I have received an offer for 100% remote work as a ...
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What are effective ways for a remote team to learn from a team handling an emergency situation?

When a team is dealing with a high-priority, time-sensitive issue such as a system outage or a production issue, how can a remote team learn from the team tackling the problem? Imagine your ...
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As a remote employee, how do I get coworkers to give me information I need to do my job?

I am a technical writer who works in the office 1 day per week. The job I have does not require a lot of teamwork because I am the sole writer, but I do need to get information from developers. The ...
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Ask to move back / work remotely 1yr after relocation

A year ago, I took a job as a software consultant, and was asked to move from Chicago to Phoenix. I've had an astounding year, and have received a lot of praise and acknowledgement for my work as I'...
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Company offered me an unexpected contract

I am looking for a job and I am based in Europe. After a successful application to a US based company, and a chat with the owners in which we talked about perks, full time permanent employment, etc. ...
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How much experience should I have before trying to work remotely?

I'm graduating from university with a computer science degree at the end of this semester and I have begun to start looking for a job. By the time I graduate, I will have about 8 months of work ...
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Remote team members not responding [closed]

I am managing a remote team of students in a university class designed to give us workplace experience. My situation is as follows: First, the professor created a team of four students, and I ...