Bethan Palmer Bethan is a Java developer and a Java Champion. She has spoken at conferences including JavaOne/Code One, DevFest and NetBeans days. She has a degree in English Literature.

Why Christmas is a good time of year to work remotely

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Working remotely has lots of benefits, and here at IDRsolutions most of us work from home at least once a week. At this time of year it is particularly useful to have the option to work remotely. In the UK the weather tends to be bad (it is midwinter) and commuting tends to be at its worse with more roadworks and less trains and buses. If we are visiting friends or family over Christmas, or have friends or family visiting us, we don’t have to try and travel between different areas of the country just to get to the office. Even on those awkward days between Christmas and New Year we can continue to work as normal while still spending time away from the office. And if it does happen to snow we don’t have to worry about our commute.

Working remotely has lots of benefits, not just at Christmas but at any time of year:

  • It gives us extra time that would otherwise be spent commuting
  • There are less interruptions at home than in the office
  • Number of hours spent in the office does not become a competition. There is more focus on how much work gets done than time spent working
  • We know that our communication strategies work. We use tools such as Basecamp to share information, and this means it is available to everyone rather than just those in the office.

This month we will be posting a series of articles on how to get the most out of remote working.

What are your thoughts on remote working?


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Bethan Palmer Bethan is a Java developer and a Java Champion. She has spoken at conferences including JavaOne/Code One, DevFest and NetBeans days. She has a degree in English Literature.

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