Here at Isos, I serve as a Software Development Engineering Intern, which is really just a fancy title for "I write code until I'm confused, then I ask Google or my senior." But one of the many great things about Isos is that we are a work-from-home team a bulk of the time. Which, for many, may be scary at first. I know it was for me. But now I almost can't imagine it any other way. There are a few drawbacks, but overall the pros outweigh the cons by a large margin. So here are some of my favorite aspects of remote work.
...oh and I would have a drastically harder time working from home without the use of our Atlassian Tools.
For starters, I am a full-time student, and working from home allows me to essentially make my own schedule. I truly can't overstate how huge this is for me. My superiors can give me the tickets and tools I'll need to work on said tickets all through Jira and Confluence. This allows me to stay focused on school while also being a fully-involved employee. Beyond the student-employee aspect, being able to work on my own time means I am able to manage my workload effectively. For me, I often find myself working late at night, or at weird times during the weekend. If I was expected to work a normal 9-5 office job schedule, I would never have the freedom to get my work done.
I also find working in the comfort of my own home greatly outranks the office setting. Although our office is amazing, nothing beats the comfort of sitting back in your office with an ugly old shirt on, clacking away at some code. I also love that I can play my music as loud as I like without the chance of bothering any of my co-workers. One big piece of comfort is also having my dog with me. I'm a total dog lover, and when work gets stressful, I like to lay on my floor and take 5, while playing with my dog. As goofy as it sounds, it's such an easy way to momentarily collect my thoughts, and re-align my focus. I don't know how many times I've talked code to my dog. I really wouldn't be surprised if she started writing Java code.
My last major pro in favor of working from home is the food. I am a total foodie; I love cooking up my own lunch fresh in my kitchen, and being able to work while eating it. It sounds like such a simple luxury, but this always makes me realize how appreciative I am of Isos for letting me work from home because there are not many offices in the world with a world-class chef on staff.
Obviously nothing in this world is perfect, and remote work is no exception to this rule. Although the list is slim, there are a few small drawbacks to working at home.
Because I am an intern, a lot of my job involves learning new things. Computer Science school doesn't really teach you everything you need to know to engineer software. So, when I am learning a new part of our stack, I love that in the office, I can quickly lean over and ask the engineer I work with a question. Obviously, Slack is great, but the speed at which you can convey something in person can't be paralleled. But to be entirely honest, this is very nitpicky, because I often get very fast responses from co-workers, and if that doesn't work, we are all just a Zoom call away.
Working from home can be weird at times, but I really wouldn't change it for the world. I feel that as time goes on, more and more companies are going to use tools like Jira, Confluence, and Zoom to free their staff from the office environment. And for this, companies are going to notice their employees are happier and more productive.