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 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 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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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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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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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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Manager asks if a coworker can stay at my house

I work remotely. An annual conference relevant to my work is going to happen in my town. My manager has said that we can go, but only if my coworker can stay with me at my house (i.e., only if there ...
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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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Remote worker, minimal feedback, how to avoid fearing for my job every day?

I am an application specialist working for a small startup from the West Coast in the US. I am working remotely from the UK. In my team we all code and work with customers, and I think I was hired ...
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Why do remote US companies require working in the US?

Many of the high-tech opportunities for remote work require that you are working in the US. Why? I am a US citizen, and I lived in the US until I graduated university. I am now living abroad. I have ...
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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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How do you separate or integrate your work and home life when telecommuting?

I recently started a job where I can telecommute 1 day a week, and the hours are fairly flexible as long as you are being productive and getting your time in. I find I'm as productive if not more so ...
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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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How can I make sure my remote workers are not slacking off?

I have a company (about 6 programmers, and 14 workers in total). As I am going to expand my company, I am thinking about hiring remote workers for programming jobs and get them to be involved in the ...
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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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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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Do long commutes count against personal or work hours? [closed]

My employer (science) has several sites. One is in Cambridge MA, where some colleagues tell me their one-way commute is in excess of an hour. I've even heard that a few colleagues commute up to 2 hrs ...
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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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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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How should I bring up working from home?

Working from home is becoming more and more common. If my work lends itself to remoteness, what's a good way to ask management to work from home from time to time? Or is this not a reasonable thing ...
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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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Working for two companies at the same time [closed]

Are there any concerns with working two remote full time tech jobs in the US (one in networking and one in photo sharing)? I understand there might be health concerns, but assuming you are able to ...
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What data supports the benefits of telecommuting/working from home?

There are a lot of discussions with regards to Telecommuting and Work from Home at various places I worked. In most cases a company allowed people to work remotely but there are some that don't. My ...
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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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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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Most effective way to do daily standup meeting when a few people are remote

I am a software developer in a small team of seven. We are not an Agile (with a big 'A') team but are experimenting with some aspects of agile. One of these is the daily "standup" meeting. The ...
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How to deal with “unresponsive” colleagues?

I routinely have to deal with a situation when some of my colleagues do not reply to my chat messages or emails. I can't just ignore them, because I get tasks from them and occasionally need to ...
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I just got a job that I can't afford to go to, how to resolve? [closed]

I'm going to sum up my situation fast: I just got an initial offer for a job To put it in perspective, the initial offer was in the$60-80k a year range I currently live with my parents I have 15 ...
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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 can full-time telecommuters overcome feelings of isolation?

I've been working 18 months in a telecommute position. We moved to a new part of the US that is lacking any after work activities and I left all my friends 1,500 miles away. Any ideas out there for ...
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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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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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Why would an employer offer remote work only from certain places?

I was browsing job opportunities for Front End Web Developer positions when I found one that looked promising and offered remote work. However, when reading through the job offer on their website I ...
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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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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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Farewell function for a remote employee

How can we arrange a farewell function for a fully remote worker? They are a long way away, as in ten hours by plane, so a one-off visit to hand over work and say goodbye isn't feasible. Having them ...
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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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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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When to be concerned about a subordinate or employee

I am a developer that is managing a small group. All members of this group, including myself are working remote. One member of this group that we'll call "Bob" is having trouble and very slow to ...
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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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Remote work salary based on which location

If you work remotely full time for a company that's office is in a different city or state than yours, is your salary based on your location or the company's location?
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I'm working remote and company may want to change that

I joined this company around 1.5 months ago on a contract basis. They are mainly based in the USA but there are 2 other employees in the UK including me. We have been working remotely and just ...
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How to approach to finding a remote full-time job in a different country? [closed]

These days I'm looking for a remote job as a software engineer. I live in Russia and would like to work for a EU/UK/US company. I've applied to a dozen of positions that had requirements I feel I ...
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Couldn't attend holiday party. Should I ask to get the gift offered to remote employees?

My company hosted a nice holiday party that I would have liked to, but was unable to attend due to conflicts. I RSVP'd that I would not attend. The party has already taken place. From others ...
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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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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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Suggestions for building relationships as a remote office worker?

I've started working remotely for a company a few timezones away. I'm not the most social person to begin with, but now that I can't even say "hi" in the hall, How can I help remind people I exist? ...
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Drinking alcohol when working from home [closed]

Would it be appropriate to drink alcohol during working hours if you work from home/remote work? As responsible adults it's not unreasonable to have a glass of wine or a beer with a meal. Obviously I'...
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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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Unofficial telecommuting brings the envy of colleagues. What if there is an HR confrontation?

Original post from Jan 2016: 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 ...
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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 can'...