The Good and Bad Places to Work Online

Worst places to work remotely:

The most universally shared response: any place with bad connectivity. A few examples:

“The automobile on the edge of the road.”
“Public restrooms while waiting for a child to’ go.'”
“Any place with slow wifi feels as hell.”
“A lake house my family rented with a wi fi router circa 1915.”
“[A] coffee shop or perhaps out in the open in a public space. I simply do not get how folks do it.”
“A late night call in an airport hotel room you have been stuffed [in] for a cancelled flight, with almost nonexistent wi fi and a half eaten banana left on the sheets by the cleaning person.”
“Crunching myself into the corner on a small table and chair in a hotel room in the hopes of getting enough signal from the wimpy hotel wifi out in the middle of nowhere, Arizona.”
“Jury duty.”

Best places to work remotely:

A couple of of the fabulous remote places to work shared by our respondents to

“On a balcony overlooking the ocean in Maui.”
“My friends’ house in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria in the UK. They’ve a view out over Morecambe Bay from the living room of theirs, and it was a spectacular backdrop to my work day.”
“A grassy area nestled in the middle of Catholic University’s campus. It was a couple of yards from where Pope Francis will celebrate a canonization Mass as part of his much anticipated visit to the U.S. It was awesome to be present at such an exciting event.”
“I like working out of our co working space in Bali. But I also like the buzz of the feeling and coffee shops sensation of being immersed in my own (working) world while listening to the buzz and hum of life around me.”
“I’ve had some really productive times working in coffee shops and mid flight on planes, but also various other times those same environments have been terrible.”
“I love taking the laptop computer of mine and finding a great, local restaurant (with wifi and outlets) for an extended lunch once each week.”
“My villa’s balcony when I was on holiday in Italy.”
“The best is my home office on a sunny afternoon when the sun shines right to my desk.”

We have heard from the readers of ours – allow me to share several of our tips the employees of yours might benefit from when choosing places to work remotely:

Support functionality. Workers who set up a functional home office that offers a space that will help them meet specific needs and career goals can be a boon for companies, and could help pave the way for higher efficiency.
Choose remote workplaces wisely. While co working spaces can be great for some workers several of the time, they may also be a mixed bag. Whether it works is dependent on connectivity, quiet, and an undefinable quality that varies from person to person. Put simply, one person’s work haven that is perfect can be another person’s nightmare.
Capitalize on the change of scenery. Support home based employees who feel they might benefit from an unexpected change of scenery in case they work from time to time in co working spaces, coffee shops, or perhaps other workspaces that take them out of their daily environment.

When considering places where employees are able to work work remotely, encourage them to think about the whole image of what they are seeking in flexible work. Healthier work life integration? Non-traditional career options? An entirely new career path? Whatever the answer, working remotely can mean approaching career options from a totally fresh perspective.

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