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Discussion on: The Perils of Remote Work

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Saloni Goyal

As an introvert, I can say be it in office or with remote work I would not shun chats or conference calls. I think that is unprofessional.

Yes we tend to be more selectively social and would like it if people just let us be most of the time, but I think even introverts care deeply for work and delivering the best possible results.

I even tend to schedule more 1:1 with my manager now that we are working remotely to have proper communication and get timely feedback.

Remote work gives me chance to be actively social while not having to partake in office gossip which tends to drain my energy.

But yes point being office or remote work, being an introvert is no excuse to being unprofessional.

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Adam Nathaniel Davis Author

Totally agree. And I figured that I'd probably get into some "trouble" using the word introvert - cuz there are a lotta competing definitions of what an "introvert" really is.

When I used that term here, I was trying to convey the concept of some dev types who really prefer to just hunker down into a programming task and be left alone. When I'm working in an office, I can get away with that kinda non-interaction for a good long time. Because my coworkers see that I'm there and they can see that I'm nose-down on a project. And if they really need to talk to me, they know that they can always walk over to my desk and tap me on the shoulder. (Cuz I won't hear them - I'll have headphones on.)

But when you're remote, if you try to go into one of those "programming caves" for more than a half-day or so, you'll quickly find that your coworkers have no idea what you're doing, or even if you're doing.

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Saloni Goyal

Yes makes sense. Especially if you join a new company or team in a remote work situation where people have no idea about how you tend to operate. They might just think you are slacking off.