James Stubbs, @jstubbsfuze
1. What are you working on? I’m an Account Executive at Fuze. I’m located in London and I’m working on our exciting European expansion by bringing Fuze into organisations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We’re set to open our European office soon but for the past 3 months I’ve been exploring the benefits of remote working.
2. What’s the biggest challenge of working remotely right now? Taking the necessary breaks that are required when working remotely. It’s very easy to work yourself into the ground, lose focus and start to create stress. I’ve found that stopping all work to take a break is actually a very hard thing to do because there’s always something that I should be putting my attention to. However I’ve learnt that ploughing through with work without taking a break can actually start to be counterproductive. The reason this is particularly important for remote workers is because of the lower level of real life interaction and social conversations, which I believe subconsciously help break up office staff’s day-to-day tasks.
3. Describe your workspace/ How do you choose a spot to work from? I have two main locations where I chose to do my work. The first is at home. I enjoy working from home and sticking to the strict routine that I’ve set myself. I also enjoy the fact that I have everything I need at my disposal. For example, if I fancy going for a run, I can or if I decide to cook an extraordinary culinary dish for lunch, I can (or at least I can try!). The second is at co-working spaces in London. There are some great spots in London for remote workers to take advantage of. I enjoy spending the odd day from a co-working space because it’s a great way to meet interesting and like-minded people.
4. What’s in your toolbox (digital or otherwise)? Throughout the week I purely rely on Fuze. My team are all based in San Francisco and I don’t know how I would manage without real time, face-to-face communication. The ability to have my manager in front of me in two clicks makes my life so much easier. Other cloud-based products like Yammer, Salesforce and Box help me get my job done no matter where I am. On Friday’s from 16.00 I have my speakers emerge from my ‘toolbox’. It’s a great way to wind down the week and when I work from home there’s nobody to criticize my song choices!
5. What’s the biggest misconception about remote work? We have an on-going joke within my team that if I’m late to an internal Fuze call then the reason is because I was finishing up a game on Xbox! Although I think I may have been the one that actually started the joke, this completely epitomizes the perception of remote working.
6. Top tips for working remotely? Take breaks, have a structure, ask questions, exercise, use Fuze. These are my five tips for successful remote working!
7. Do you think remote employees more productive? Yes, I do. I believe that as long as the necessary tools and resources are in place then remote employees can get a great deal of work done in one day. Workplace distractions are minimal and an employee’s focus is on the job in hand. Obviously there are arguments to both sides but I strongly believe that overall, remote employees are often more productive.
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