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Work here, work there, work everywhere

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Lessons from a remote worker, hiring remote workers and managing remote workers

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Work here, work there, work everywhere

  1. 1. WORK HERE, WORKTHERE, WORK EVERYWHERE! — HAMMOCKS, WIFI & DOLLARS WANDERINGJON.COM @JB510
  2. 2. Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don't mean shit. Mitch: But, what is the "one thing?" Curly: That's what *you* have to find out.
  3. 3. MY ONETHING IS…. Traveling the world
  4. 4. Pre-1996 1 Mexico 2 Canada 1996 3 England 4 France 5 Holland 6 Germany 7 Czech Republic 8 Hungary 9 Italy 10 Vatican City 1996 Transits Belgium Slovakia Switzerland Austria 2006/7 11 Thailand 12 Cambodia* 13 Laos 14 India 15 Nepal 16 China 17 Hong Kong 2013/4 Transits Korea Japan 2014 20 Spain 21 Bulgaria XX Italy x2 22 Poland 23 Turkey XX Thailand 2014 Transits England China 2015 XX Mexico 24 Cuba 25 Dominican Republic Running Total 25 Visits 5 Transits 2006 Transits Malaysia 2013 XX Thailand 2013 Transits Japan 2013/4 XX Thailand x2 18 Indonesia x2 XX Laos 19 Singapore
  5. 5. IS REMOTE WORK RIGHT FORYOU?
  6. 6. YOUR ONETHING… …IS PROBABLY SOMETHING DIFFERENT Time w/ family no commute flex time
  7. 7. OTHER BENEFITS FOR ME Setting one’s own schedule Working for high wages from places with low cost of living 
  8. 8. REMOTE WORK      Home       Cafes & Restaurants      Coworking      Off-grid
  9. 9. HOME Home can be both the best and worst location to remote work from. Predictable in good ways and in bad… Climate / Ergonomics / Interruptions or lack there of Power / Internet Bandwidth
  10. 10. CAFES & RESTAURANTS Fewer domestic distractions… Unpredictable Climate / Ergonomics / Interruptions Power / Internet Bandwidth
  11. 11. CAFES & RESTAURANTS
  12. 12. CAFES & RESTAURANTS
  13. 13. COWORKING Shared professional focus More Predictable Climate / Ergonomics / Interruptions Power / Internet Bandwidth
  14. 14. COWORKING SPACES
  15. 15. COWORKING SPACES
  16. 16. REMOTE WORK (CONS) Lack of human contact (emotional) Coping Tools: Get out, be social - Coworking, Cafes Lack of peer assistance (learning) Coping Tools: Get involved with groups - Meetups, Lack of external accountability and feedback Coping Tools: Make Lists, Set goals, Scheduled Check-ins
  17. 17. HIRING REMOTE WORKERS Market job openings based on value of flex time and flex location (and have business culture that supports it) Don’t leave out how you support remote workers Develop public visibility in WP Community
  18. 18. INTERVIEWING REMOTE WORKERS Interview not just on technical ability, but also heavily on culture fit. Interview using the same communication channels you use for working together
  19. 19. INTERVIEWING REMOTE WORKERS Talk upfront about how productively will be monitored.
  20. 20. INTERVIEWING REMOTE WORKERS Ask in depth about how remote workers solve problems on their own.
  21. 21. MANAGING REMOTE WORKERS On-boarding documentation Communication channels Ongoing Team Building Visibility and transparency
  22. 22. REMOTE AND OFF-GRIDTOOLS Software: Dash — https://kapeli.com/dash Airplane mode — https://github.com/norcross/airplane-mode (also in https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-local-toolbox/ ) VPN — https://www.getcloak.com/
  23. 23. REMOTE AND OFF-GRIDTOOLS Hardware: WiFi Repeater USB Monitor External Laptop Battery
  24. 24. BACKUPS PLANS Cell Phone Tether / WiFi Hotspot Clone of primary hard drive Two power supplies Two sets of headphones
  25. 25. 9seeds.com Yes of course… We’re hiring remote workers
  26. 26. WORK HERE, WORKTHERE, WORK EVERYWHERE! — HAMMOCKS, WIFI & DOLLARS WANDERINGJON.COM @JB510

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