We are all aware that more and more companies adapt to remote work. I can't be the only one still battling the thought of whether it's actually convenient full-time? Still, I decided to do my internship at distance from Malmö, even though the office is located in Gothenburg. Let me explain why!
How does it work in practice?
Zoom, email, Slack and other communicative tools are our best friends here at Zooma! I would say that the most significant difference for me was having to get to know all the Zoomers digitally before I had the honour to meet them in person at a recent after work. This means that the mentoring, internship planning, meetings and "fredagsfika" are happening over Zoom. Because of my young age, 25 to be exact, I believed that I was pretty up to date with digitalisation, but without revealing too much about Zooma's best practices, they are absolute experts in this area. My conclusion is that at such a digitalised company as Zooma, working remotely works great, which is also one of the reasons why I wanted to spend my last time as a student here.
What are my thoughts regarding working remotely?
Because of the outbreak of Covid, I was already familiar with studying from home. After 2,5 years of studies at a distance, I thought my desire to go back to "normal" would be more intense. When I considered doing my internship remotely, I realised that my view of "normal" had changed. I've always dreamt about the freedom of working from anywhere, at any time, and working remotely can give me that freedom. Even if this is a liberating feeling, it also has some challenges. Sure, I sometimes miss the small talk with colleagues by the coffee machine, but it also comes with responsibility and discipline. You don't wake up every morning and feel like being your own hype woman, but in the end, it's worth it.
Even if you're a rookie or a professional when it comes to working remotely, here are a few personal tips:
Wherever you decide to work for the day, create an inspiring workspace.
A kitchen chair is not your best friend; sit on something more comfortable.
If you have time during the day, move or stretch your body to get the blood pumping and ready for the next meeting.
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