Hi folks! Another Unbouncer here
This has been an interesting time for me because I went full-time remote for Unbounce starting at the end of January this year. So while I haven’t been remote too long, it’s actually been a nice shift to have the entire company get to be “like me” for a while. I’m also on the same time zone as Vancouver so different time zones hasn’t been an issue for me. Phew!
In terms of the questions above, here are my thoughts:
How do you stay connected with your team and coworkers?
We have an ongoing “watercooler” Zoom chat for the marketing team that we can pop in and out of as we please. This feels very reminiscent of popping into the office kitchen and just chatting with folks (and it’s always a surprise who’s in there). Additionally, I am very liberal with chatting on Slack and adding gifs and youtube videos to keep banter and jokes going. It helps maintain normalcy and connection and inside jokes!
How do you “switch off” at the end of the day?
I quit all my work applications at the end of the day and close my “work” Google Chrome tabs completely. I have separate accounts on Chrome for personal and work life and that really helps my brain separate what’s work time and what’s not. I also make sure to only work in a space that’s for work (I know this is impossible for some people who live in small spaces, however) and I leave that space at the end of the day and don’t go back in there until the following work morning.
What tools have made remote work easier for you?
Digital: Holopod, Krisp, Slack, Zoom
Hardware: Airpods (freedom of movement on a call is life-changing for me), a monitor, a laptop stand, a wireless mouse
What does your setup look like?
I share an in-home office with my husband who also works remote full-time outside of our current state of the world. Here’s our combined set up:
Do you know of any remote games that you can play?
Others have probably mentioned this before but Jackbox TV is my favourite!
How do you separate work from everything else in your home?
As I mentioned above, having a separate physical space is really the big one for me. I do occasionally take a meeting at the kitchen table or living room if my husband and I have meetings at the same time. But leaving my office behind at the end of the day is a great mental shift to signal work is over.
Happy to answer any remote questions you guys might have as well! Good luck with this challenging time.