The Joys of Telecommuting

If you keep up with me on any of the major social media platforms, you know that in the spring I joined the awesome team at Pivot Communications. While starting a new job and getting to stay in the same industry is super exciting in itself, this opportunity was even more exciting as I was going to be consistently telecommuting.

The first few weeks included the usual on-boarding with a new employer; I spent time figuring out who everyone is and what their best practices are. Since I’ve joined the team, we’ve experimented with a few software platforms for project organization, which allows us to constantly improve our inefficiencies. While learning new software can sometimes be a pain, I am happy to work for a company that is constantly looking to improve itself and its employees’ productivity.

I knew from the beginning that I would have to set a schedule for myself. Since the office operates in Salt Lake City and I am on the east coast, I needed to figure out which time zone worked best for me. I decided to stay on eastern time and committed myself to starting my workday no later than 8:30 a.m. each day. So far that approach has worked best for me since it gives me alone time to work on projects that require my full attention and concentration.

thejoysoftelecommuting

So far I am really digging telecommuting; however, I experience challenges that cause other people to not want to continue telecommuting. Here is a quick list of my pros and cons of telecommuting:

Pros:

  • Workday can be flexible
  • Little to no commuting
  • Saving money that was previously spent on lunch, snacks, coffee, gas, tolls, etc.
  • No dress code (yes I wear pants and I do shower daily)
  • I have an assistant – his name is Phinneas and he is a Lhasapoo
  • Occasional travel to HQ in Salt Lake City, UT (I love to travel)
  • The opportunity to work for a company that intrigues and excites me

Cons:

  • Distractions – laundry, dishes, and puppies are my top three
  • Limited human interaction
  • If my computer has issues, I am down until it is fixed

I am happy with the decision I made and would definitely recommend telecommuting as an option for anyone considering it. Learn how you will work with your team and what tools you need to be successful.