Working remotely has a lot of advantages, but also a couple of challenges. The goal of this section is to provide information and tips to maximize the advantages and make you aware of the challenges and provide tips on how to deal with them.
Probably the biggest advantage of working remotely and asynchronously is the flexibility it provides. This makes it easy to combine work with your personal life although it might be difficult to find the right balance. This can be mitigated by either explicitly planning your time off or plan when you do work. When you don't work it is recommended to make yourself unavailable by turning off Slack and closing down your email client. Coworkers should allow this to work by abiding by the communication guidelines.
If you worked at an office before, now you lack a default group to go out to lunch with. To look at it from a different perspective, now you can select who you lunch with and who you do not lunch with. Haven't spoken to a good friend in a while? Now you can have lunch together.
Understanding that working remotely leads to mostly work-related conversations with fellow GitLabbers, everyone is encouraged to dedicate a few hours a week to having social calls with any teammate - get to know who you work with, talk about everyday things and share a virtual cuppa' coffee. We want you to make friends and build relationships with the people you work with to create a more comfortable, well-rounded environment. The Coffee Break calls are different to the Random Room video chat, they are meant for give you the option to have 1x1 calls with specific teammates you wish to speak with and is not a random, open-for-all channel but a conversation between two teammates.
The goal of office ergonomics is to design your office work station so that it fits you and allows for a comfortable working environment for maximum productivity and efficiency. Since we all work from home offices, GitLab wants to ensure that each team member has the supplies and knowledge to create an ergonomic home office.
Below are some tips from the Mayo Clinic how on how arrange your work station.
Working remotely while being abroad can be quite different. For example it can be harder to arrange good working internet and you may need extra tools to have a similar level of comfort to be able to work effectively.
Be it at your own leisure or company provided, checking if you need a visa or if your passport meets the requirements for entering your destination country, should be the first thing you do. Please check out this section on exactly that topic.
Please think of bringing along extra passport photos and paper copies of your official documents.
Planning flights far in advance can help you get cheaper fares when booking. For example you can set alerts when there is a significant drop in price for your travel destination.
Offline navigation content is key when you are not certain of an internet connection.
When you have an internet connection, it can save you quite a bit of money to be able to communicate just using data.
Application which are all round wonderful to have when traveling.
The following tools make paying someone back in their own currency a lot easier.
Traveling together or letting someone else pay something for you? This makes it easier to see how costs add up or should be split up.
VPN's can help you reach services or sites that are blocked, get contents that are not available abroad or let you browse the internet as if you were home (with your own language pre selected).
Note that a VPN may not always work as intended. For example both Netflix and China have blacklisted certain VPN's, limiting their usefulness.
The following services provide offline functionality for their content if you have a paid membership.
Electricity is a requirement on your journey abroad. Be it to power your phone or your laptop.