G'day, I'm Matt from Wollongong, Australia. I work remotely on a product that actually empowers teams around the world to work in a remote/hybrid fashion as best as possible. I've been doing this for about 6 months now and loving every minute of it.
I'm a Software Engineer
I moved back from Sydney to my hometown Wollongong a few years ago to be closer to family and struggled with the 3-hour daily commute to my Sydney based job (this was pre-covid where we were expected in the office 80-100% of the week still). I finally got the opportunity to work from home with Remote Social and also empower other teams to be able to do the same with ease.
In a weird sense, I feel like I'm finally considered a responsible adult! My team trusts that I'm invested in the company's success so there are no issues like having to show face because we let our work do the talking. I think ultimately the flexibility that comes along with it lets me do chores, attend appointments and so on whilst still smashing through a backlog of work, guilt-free (it helps when your company's leadership is awesome).
Zoom meetings are fine for rituals i.e., standups, retrospectives, check-ins etc. but I feel like Zoom meetings for large important team meetings, i.e., epic kickoffs, quarterly reviews etc. can fall short. I think these types of meetings are generally more successful when there is a certain amount of energy, camaraderie, physical presence, shared food and so on. This is something we are actively working on at Remote Social.
If I'm alone, anywhere. If I am with team members, co-working spaces.
I feel a bit disconnected from the world sometimes. Sure, we have news feeds and social apps galore, and I find myself retracting socially more as I get older, but I still
Integrated Chat Platforms (Slack, Teams, Discord), Video Chats (Zoom, Meets), Collaborative Design tools (Sketch, Figma), Collaborative Development Software (Webstorm Code With Me, VS Code Live Share)
Same as before, maybe a few more claimables since I'm working from home 100% of the time now
Matt's Website: https://www.remotesocial.io/