24 Jan

“Why telecommuting can be dangerous for your company culture,” said no minority woman ever.


I just finished reading the Fast Company article titled: Why telecommuting can be dangerous for your company culture, and I’m dumbfounded. The article starts by sharing research that supports telecommuting:

One Stanford study shows that telecommuting increases work productivity by 13%. It cuts down on the emotional costs of commuting and arguably increases workplace satisfaction. Most companies offer some form of telecommuting, contributing to its 80% growth since 2005.


It goes downhill from there when the author begins sharing his opinions (not substantiated by research) about the dangers of telecommuting  (e.g., missed opportunities and missed human experiences). What?! Dude, if you’re doing the best job you can and your efforts aren’t getting you noticed (whether you’re working remotely or not), you might want to expand your horizons.  And if you need more together time with other human beings, and you currently seek that closeness from people who are paid to interact with you, then you might consider making more friends,  being more active in your professional organization,  joining a church group, getting a membership at a health club, or hanging out in the produce section of a grocery store.


Let me share with you what I don’t miss as a minority woman who now works remotely.

  • I don’t miss spending 15-20 hours of my week commuting. I now spend that time with my family or volunteering in my community.
  • I don’t miss the expectation that I should be wearing uncomfortable shoes and fashionable clothing in order to perform my job. I now spend almost nothing on dry cleaning, and my feet don’t ache in the evening. In addition, what I wear, how nicely my clothing fits, and how high the heel is on my shoe has no influence on how my performance is judged.
  • I don’t miss inappropriate looks or comments related to my sex or ethnicity. I’ve never had to endure an uncomfortable situation or listen to an off-colored joke from my home office. In my remote-work environment, all my communications are professional and related to work tasks and situations.


Working remotely in my opinion is the great equalizer. I am judged on what I produce and how well I communicate. How I look, how dark my skins is, if I speak with an accent, if I use a wheelchair, how much I weigh, how old I am, or whether I have another human growing in my belly has no relevance in the remote-work environment.


27 Oct

3 Must-Dos if You Want to Work Remotely

The desire to work remotely is widespread especially among working moms. I’ve transitioned from working onsite to working remotely, but it took effort to get here. Here are 3 must-dos for anyone looking to transition from working onsite to working remotely.

1. Earn and keep the trust of others 
The reason I work remotely is because people trust me. Period. It’s that simple. Before I was a freelancer, I was an employee. My clients are usually former bosses. Therefore, they know me. They know my work. They know my skill set. They trust that I know what I’m doing, that I’ll get the job done when I promise, and that I’ll deliver a high-quality product. The more trust people have in you, the more likely you will find yourself working remotely.

Takeaway: I trust you. Therefore, I don’t literally need to keep an eye on you.

2. Do on to Others as You Want Them to Do on to You
You must provide flexibility to receive flexibility. If your client  allows you to work remotely, and this arrangement provides you with comfort, convenience, and flexibility; then, you better be prepared to reward your client in kind. Therefore, expect to work a few late nights, a couple of weekends, or maybe even during a vacation. I’ve worked harder from home than I have ever worked in an office, and that’s because I highly value my current situation, and I work very hard to ensure my clients never experience a moment of regret for providing me with the opportunity to work remotely.

Takeaway: You need to give as well as you get.

3. Be Heard in Order Not to be Seen
Most good managers have no desire to micromanage. They just want tasks completed and projects to progress. If you want to be counted present, whether you are physically or virtually onsite, then you need to make your presence and, most importantly, your progress known. In other words, you need to be your own project manager by clearly setting expectations, tracking progress, and communicating status on a regular basis. No one should ever ask you how well your project is going or when you will be done. If your client or boss asks you these types of questions, then you’re probably not going to find yourself working remotely.

Takeaway: If I can hear the kids upstairs, I don’t worry. It’s when they’re quiet that I get concerned.