During the entire past year, I’ve been working on the project oahu.
As you might know, I live in Lyon. However, Oaun is based in Paris.
Therefore, I was remotely working, with one day per month (on average) spent in Paris in the company’s office.
I’m gonna try in this article, to show my vision of this remote working year, the positive and negative points I’ve noticed.
Before starting remote working, I had similar doubts to anyone : working alone at home is gonna make me antisocial, I won’t see anyone anymore etc …
That’s one of the reasons (with the fact that it’s very cool) why I has this poster right in front of me.
And I noticed the exact opposite. I found myself seeing much more people than before. Once the day was over, I didn’t want to stay one minute more at home (I already spent the day there), therefore I went outside to see other people.
Moreover, not having colleagues with whom I could have lunch, I (very) regularly, ate with student friends (who are the most available ones during these hours).
On the end, however, I did that a lot less, mostly because during summer, it’s harder to find available students.
The conclusion of this year, from a social point of view is therefore completely positive.
Oahu isn’t a big company. They’re currently 6; we were 8 one year ago.
On those 8 persons, we were working in distance. François, in Grenoble; Cyril in Nantes and me in Lyon.
Remotely working couldn’t, I think, work, if only one person is not in the office.
It’s so easy to talk with in-office persons about evolutions, and to take decisions without keeping the other collaborators on the project that it’s make someone’s integration very hard.
This is only a supposition though, as it’s not what happened here.
At least, not completely. It happened once or twice during the year, that I discovered as a surprise some decisions, which were about the company, with the employees not knowing it.
I see this problem in many (actually, all) the companies where I know someone is remote working.
Before remotely working, I use to write a lot more of articles on this blog.
I won’t hide it : I spent the last year trying to motivate me to write articles, like I did before, during my lunch break.
It was however so tempting to just watch a tv show during this break, that I did not succeed.
This post is quite short.
That’s because I don’t wich to give a bad image to this remote working experience, even less of Oahu.
This year was a particularly interesting experience.
If I has to start again though, I would think twice before starting, because of the problems mentioned above.
If I stopped remote working, it’s because Franck and I are starting our company, evome.
Tomorrow, when I’ll need to hire someone, I also believe I’ll think twice before accepting him/her to be remote working.
Not that I don’t trust the person not to be able to work from home.
However, I want to avoid reproducing similar defaults that I’ve seen in my previous working experiences, and I’m now convinced that, in order to have a good team cohesion and internal communication, all collaborators needs to meet, and that every day of the week.