Remote work is not (yet) common practice in Europe. And it is even less common in my line of work (People Ops).
After two years of experience being remote, I can say that you work very differently whether you are in a fully distributed organization or whether you are one of the very few remote employees and everyone else commuting to an office.
In a fully remote organization, you thrive with the same tools as everyone else. That helps a lot.
You feel much more isolated, and you are not part of the working culture when you are remote with everyone else at the office. So you adopt a project management type of work, and you constantly ask questions to ensure you are not missing an important piece of information.
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I am a full-time employee in a fast-growing cloud company.
Working in People Ops means supporting the changes in the organization (teams, tools, communication, policies), being in charge of the overall employee experience from recruitment to exit, and developing people skills.
Being remote allows me to work in a truly international working environment, but this also means more amplitude in my working time as I am interviewing people worldwide.
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I have a nice mix of being autonomous and being part of a team.
I usually start up in the morning by checking all messages in our instant messaging system and deal with easy to answer questions and emails.
Then I spend the time until the other part of the world gets up focusing on substantive work and the goals I set myself.
Late afternoons and evenings are usually dedicated to meetings.
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Yes, I believe it is important to have a :
Having these items gives boundaries to you and your family when you work from home and enhances the work/life balance.
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I am a strong no-paper activist.
As a result, we have implemented a wide variety of tools (direct communication, video communication, asynchronous communication, documentation, absence management, recruitment management ...).
Being available, staying in touch, and sharing ideas and experiences is key when you work remotely.
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Being remote did not change the way I work. Not at all.
I know what I have to do, and I organize myself accordingly. Working from an office or being home did not change a thing.
Being remote means you need not be shy in asking questions and being autonomous on your role.
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I love everything about it:
Check out this article of mine on the pros and cons of remote work for more details.
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I do not like the fact that in my country many people feel that working from home means not working.
It actually means working longer hours and being much more productive.
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Celine Mechain has 20 years of People Ops experience for fast growing small international IT companies.
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