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A Day in the Life of a Remote Employee

Hi everyone! Lauren Dailey here, Product Marketing Manager and remote employee at Patientco. I’ve been a Patientcoian since November 2017 and worked in the Atlanta office for a little over a year before moving to Charlotte, NC.

In this post, I’m going to keep it real about a typical day in the life of a remote Patientco employee.

  • 8:30 AM: This is about the time I log on everyday. This is the same time I used to come in to the office, so it’s been good for me to keep that consistency in my days. I spend the first 30 minutes of my day catching up on email and Slack messages, skimming interesting articles, and reviewing my calendar to prepare for any meetings.
  • 9:00: Next, I spend time working on my current projects. Best part of working from home: plenty of heads down time to get some serious work done!
  • 11:30: Today is Monday, which means there is a company-wide update meeting to attend! This meeting is set up with a webcam so that I can see everyone. This may seem like a small detail, but makes a huge difference considering some days I don’t see anyone at all.
  • 12:00 PM: And just like that, it’s lunch time! When I was in Atlanta, most days I would grab something quick to eat at my desk. Now, I’ll go for a run, do yoga, or just watch TV before fixing myself a quick, healthy meal. (Another thing about working from home, I eat A LOT healthier than I did when I was tempted by all the yummy snacks in the office!)
  • 1:00: After lunch, depending on the day, I may have more heads down time. This could include conducting market research, working on new product go-to-market plans, or whatever else is going on for the product team. Sometimes, my afternoon consists of hopping on calls to talk to colleagues and/or clients!
  • 3:30: On Mondays, the product team has a weekly catch-up meeting. Similar to the company-wide meeting, this one is also set up with a webcam. This time I also flip on my webcam so we can all see each other! Being able to see each other is so important and actually makes it easier for me to jump into the conversation to ask questions because my team can see me.
  • 5:00: Before I close out my day, I make sure to wrap up any loose ends, check my email one more time, and make sure there’s nothing big happening tomorrow that I need to prepare for. Now I’ll call it a day and log off until tomorrow!

Becoming a remote employee has been an interesting experience and quite the adjustment! Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way:

  • Have a dedicated work space that makes you feel happy and motivated to get work done at home!
  • Don’t hesitate to reach out to people, whether you need help on a project or just feel like you need some social interaction.
  • Be quick to hop on a call rather than going back and forth on email or Slack a dozen times.
  • Schedule trips to the office and take advantage of face-to-face time to establish and maintain relationships with colleagues.

And maybe the most important thing I’ve learned is this:

To be successful as a remote employee, your company’s culture must support it. Anyone can overcome the technology hurdles it presents, but it takes mutual respect and trust to make it work long term.

Luckily, Patientco provides that type of environment and is supportive of my decision to work remotely.

In my opinion, working remotely provides flexibility for employees and a wider talent pool for companies to recruit from. Talk about a win-win!

 

Lauren Dailey