Having the Option to Work Remotely Is a Game Changer

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to David, one of our esteemed developers here at Works. David has written a blog post which outlines how software developers can maximise their effectiveness and efficiency when working remotely. We highly recommend that you check out David’s article to gain valuable insights into how to make the most of your remote work set-up.

Which abilities are most useful in a frontier setting?

The power of effective communication is absolutely essential for remote workers, as there is a lack of physical contact with supervisors and customers. It is important to open dialogue and discuss any issues which may arise within a project. Additionally, a sense of togetherness is integral to success in a remote working environment, and it is essential to be proactive when seeking assistance from colleagues.

Additionally, it is often more effective to communicate complex topics via a telephone call rather than an email. Making direct contact with the individual involved will provide more time to discuss the details thoroughly.

For what reasons do you choose to work together?

It is extremely gratifying to witness my work being utilised by other developers. Moreover, it is rewarding to observe that my approach to programming is being adopted by my peers. When we come across any challenge, it is essential that we collaborate and pool our resources to locate a satisfactory solution. There is an immense sense of accomplishment that comes with working alongside my team to resolve an issue.

If you work remotely, how do you handle cultural differences?

As the sole Brazilian in my team, I have the unique opportunity to share my culture and learn from the diverse backgrounds of my colleagues. We are all able to benefit from this exchange of knowledge, and I am grateful for the chance to broaden my understanding of the world.

I conducted some quick research and politely expressed that there were certainly aspects of their culture that I was unfamiliar with. I was taken aback by the situation and was unsure of what was happening; however, I was very pleased with the outcome.

As an example, we have been giving our sprints creative and unique names, such as the latest one titled “over the bridge noodle” which I had not previously heard of. As I understand it, this particular noodle is of Chinese origin. For our next sprint event, I introduced my team to the concept of Bibimbap, a Korean dish. Additionally, I shared the Brazilian cuisine of Paoca with them as well.

At my current team, as well as the teams I have been part of in the past with whom I have done some remote work, we have weekly coffee sessions where we have discussions on any topic that comes to mind. This is one of our most significant gatherings and all members of the team are present. Even though I am not based in Pacific Time, I still take the time to join in the coffee break. On occasion, we will even play an online game such as Gartic or any other similar game available.

Working from home offers a great opportunity to maintain a professional appearance from the waist up while still being able to take advantage of the comfort of your own home. One of the great benefits of working from home is that you can remain comfortable by wearing your favourite slippers throughout the day.

Do you have any experience taking a remote job on the road?

For the past month, I have been taking advantage of the digital nomad lifestyle, which allows me to work from any location of my choice. I have recently taken the opportunity to visit my family, who live approximately 300 kilometres away from Curitiba. This holiday season has been a great opportunity to spend some quality time with my loved ones, and I was also able to take a trip to the beautiful Fortaleza Beach in the northeast. It is truly remarkable how technology has enabled us to work remotely and explore different places around the world.

I’m trying to find out if you have any advice on how to combine job and personal life.

In my view, it is of great importance to maintain a clear distinction between professional and personal life, especially when working remotely. To differentiate between times when you are working and not working, try changing your outfit and doing something relaxing to transition at the end of the day. Unless there is a pressing need to remain connected after your work hours have ended, it is a good idea to turn off your computer and any associated notifications.

You won’t be as productive or able to concentrate fully if you don’t keep different tasks in distinct areas of your mind.

Tell me a funny anecdote about something that occurred to you at work that normally wouldn’t happen to someone who spends their days in an office.

My hometown, which has a population of approximately 30,000 citizens, is home to a number of vehicles that drive around with loudspeakers advertising various products. As I work from the residence of my parents, I often find myself in meetings that are interrupted by the advertisement of a vehicle that is specifically marketing eggs. In these cases, I usually pause to say “Excuse me, I believe that is the vehicle that is selling eggs or perhaps the one that is selling fruits.

During the summer months, our team of mobile vending vehicles provides refreshing treats for our customers. To create an enjoyable atmosphere, the vehicles have been known to randomly play funk music; something that often elicits an amused reaction from those who have experienced it before, exclaiming in surprise, “Oh my goodness! David, not again!

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