Annette DiGiovanni

"...very helpful!"

Woo hoo @ran! This user was asking how to disable the apply with indeed & linkedin options and ran explained that she can't but included the benefits of the features to convince her why she shouldn't want to! :dance:

Chelsea gave a kudos to Annette

Kudos to @annette for helping keep help articles up to date and in tip top shape!

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Do you ever feel like you can't be yourself at work? In what situation?

Never! I first got to know the company and its culture through the Happiness team, who were very supportive and accepting and encouraged me to be who I am. This has helped me feel comfortable being myself with the rest of the company.

Annette DiGiovanni

Milky Way

This is a shot I took of the Milky Way at around 4am. It was my first time taking long exposure shots. I hope to get better!

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Is there anything you wish you'd known when you started working here that we should share with our new teammates?

I didn't think much of Coffee Chats when I first started at RB, and now it's become one of my favorite things about the company. I've gotten to know so many people on our team that I may not have otherwise ever talked to. It's really helped me feel part of the team as a whole, and I highly recommend any new teammate join us in the #coffee-chat-cohort channel!

Chelsea gave a kudos to Annette and Dylan

Big thank you to @dylan and @annette for having my back when I had to run off quickly for an emergency last week!

Annette DiGiovanni

My current view 💐

These flowers are brightening up my day! Thanks @raj @frances @nivedita

Annette DiGiovanni

It hit me the other day that I've been working full-time remotely for more than a decade now. This is actually my 11th year! To those who are thinking of working remotely or perhaps those who are new to it, I thought I'd share some thoughts on how I've made it work...

I find jobs I actually like

People always comment to me that if they worked from home, they'd just watch TV all day and not get any work done. "How do you do it?" they ask. **My answer: I get my work done because I actually like working. **I like the people I work with and the job that I get to do, so I work just as hard (maybe even harder) because I want to do it.

If that seems too simple, it's because it is. If you struggle to be interested in your job while someone is watching over you in an office, how do you expect to do it when no one is watching you while at home? So, find a job that you enjoy doing. For those who think that there's no job they'd actually enjoy, then find a team that you enjoy working with. You'd be surprised how much work you'll do when people you like are counting on you to do it.

I take note of my free time and use it

One of the best things about working from home is all the time I save because I don't have a commute. While most spend an hour+ in a car every morning, I get to sleep in... and I almost always do! This means I'm a little more rested before I start working. If you're the kind of person who would wake up early regardless of a commute, spend that extra time doing something fun: Catch up on a TV show. Go for a walk. Make a really delicious breakfast and then actually sit and enjoy it.

And remember: You also have free time at the end of your day while most are driving home!

I (try my best to) stay stimulated

"Try" being the operative word here because this is something I still struggle with. If I'm not careful, I'll often find myself staring at my computer screen all day in complete silence. This can make me feel tired even if I'm well rested, leading to lack of focus or slowed-down productivity. To help with this, I play music while I work. I prefer film scores or stuff without lyrics, which I play it at a low volume so it's just background noise-- similar to the buzz of co-worker conversations across an office. I also have a tv set up on my desk that plays movies on mute. I position the tv so it's in my periphery, which results in my brain constantly processing movement-- similar to co-workers walking by if I were in an actual office.

I don't isolate myself

This is the main thing people struggle with when working remotely, and why it's the longest section of this post.

It's really easy to become isolated and feel lonely when you work remotely. Many combat this by joining a co-working space a few days a week, but for an introvert like me who actually enjoys being physically alone while I work (with the exception of my dog), what can I do? Well, I socialize virtually. Regularly and a lot.

My team and I are super active on Slack and talk just as much as we would if were sitting side-by-side in an office. Here's what I do personally to combat isolation:

At the start of my day: When I start my day, I say hello to my co-workers and ask how things have been going. This helps in a few ways:

  1. It keeps me on a schedule. If I usually start working at 8am and don't check in around that time, then my team may wonder where I am. AND THEY DO.
  2. It gets me up to speed on what's been happening. Is there a system issue that I need to be aware of? Has it been slow so today might be a good day to work on that Dino post?

**Throughout the day: **My team and I continue to chat through the entire day, including video chats.

  • ++Work chat:++ We talk about what we're working on, collaborate on support tickets, ask each other for help. We celebrate when we've made a customer really happy and talk through when a customer is being particularly mean to one of us.
  • ++Life chat:++ It's not all work talk. We talk about everything going on during our day, just like we would if we were in an office and ran into each other at the water cooler. Where am I going for lunch? How's my dog doing? Any plans for the weekend?

We also let each other know when we're stepping away (if it's for more than just a coffee or bathroom break) and for about how long.

At any given time in the day, I know exactly what my teammates are working on, where they are, and how they feel. It's really tough to feel alone when you're genuinely connecting with people on a daily basis-- even if just virtually.

How about you?

Now it's your turn: If you work remotely, what do you struggle with and how do you work through those things? Any tips you'd like to share? I'd love to hear about your own experiences!

Chelsea Stroh

Kudos to @annette @dylan and @anantpal @vedarth and @bhargavvoleti for rocking a rough downtime today. You are all awesome!!!!!!!! dino_kudos

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