What are some perks of working remotely?
I have a nonexistent commute – it’s only two flights of stairs to get to my dedicated home office that overlooks my backyard where I can watch my husband and children play throughout the day. The best perk is definitely getting to see my family whenever I please. All I have to do is head upstairs!
How does iCIMS create a remote environment where you still feel connected to the organization?
iCIMS focuses heavily on keeping employees connected. Whether it be through technology utilizing programs like Skype chat, Skype video, VOIP phones, iCIMS’ intranet (Watercooler), and Yammer or through regular HQ visits like manager trips and bi-annual team Summits iCIMS goes above and beyond to bridge the gap between remote employees and the organization at large.
Now that you don’t spend your days commuting – what do you use that time for?
I spend every minute saved with my family. I am able to help get my husband and kids out the door in the morning and have dinner and playtime with my kids in the evening. Some of my commuting friends get home just in time to put their kids to bed, so I consider myself especially fortunate to have this time with my kids. Other than that, I use my free time to volunteer and give back to the local community.
What advice do you have for candidates interested in becoming a remote employee?
Being remote is not for everyone. To work from home, you need to be a focused individual willing to put your head down and ignore the distractions of home. It’s recommended to have a dedicated office environment to limit these distractions. Although there are definitely a lot of positives and perks of being a remote employee, one should really consider all aspects before deciding to work remotely full-time.