Here at Plative, our people are enabled to embrace the #WorkFromAnywhere lifestyle so they can do their best work, from wherever they are inspired to do it. Working from anywhere has it’s obvious benefits, that I’ve written about at-length, but it also has some hidden drawbacks. In this post, I’ll discuss a few of those issues as well as handy freemium technology solutions for each one so that you can up your #WorkFromAnywhere game!
Scenario a.) If you have young ones at home, the idea of sitting quietly in an office while your little ones patiently sit well-behaved, fixated on Paw-Patrol might be a little too good to be true, so you dial in to your conference bridge with young ones playing, yelling, or arguing over the iPad in the background. Scenario b) You’re working from a coffee shop or public setting, about to deliver a presentation that you’ve spent hours building, only to be drowned out by background noise and coffee shop jazz in the background.
If you’re on a conference bridge, it can be very difficult to catch what others are saying, especially if others are in the same physical setting and you’re the only one remote. I’ve experimented with many note-taking methods on apps like OneNote, Evernote, Quip, and even pen and paper (which I still swear by for client-facing meetings and one-on-ones), but none of these methods gave me the transcripts that I want, even though I’d consider myself a pretty swift typist. What’s worse, is if you spend so much time focusing on taking notes, you miss the subject matter of the meeting.
In my experience, companies like Plative that have fully embraced the #WorkFromAnywhere mentality are pretty focused on culture overall which often goes hand-in-hand with bringing on-board a group of talented individuals that form life-long friendships. Naturally, this can be hampered by full-time remote work and lack of meaningful interaction with your colleagues outside of Slack messages and conference meetings.
At Plative, it’s important that all of our people are enabled to be successful in their roles from wherever they choose to carry out their responsibilities, and as a technology consultancy, we’re always coming up with new tools that help us achieve that goal.
Do you have any work-from-anywhere hacks that you’ve implemented? Write to us and let us know!
If your company hasn’t fully embraced the #WorkFromAnywhere mindset of trusting people to work from wherever most inspires them, I’d encourage you to look at our open positions!
Note: Plative and employees have no affiliation with any of the companies mentioned in this article
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