Start Us Up Now: America’s New Business Plan is an initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City-based philanthropy that works in the fields of education and entrepreneurship. Kauffman and Alley worked together to rapidly design and launch a site to disseminate the particulars of the policy plan, support a targeted communications campaign in several states, and garner support from organizations who can join the Start Us Up Now coalition through the site.
This is one of an ongoing series of short posts giving our team members the opportunity to share their feelings on remote work – a vital part of Alley’s culture.
What’s your favorite part about remote work?
I love the ability to work in the environment I choose. Yes, you can travel, though I haven’t taken enough advantage of that, but I mean in terms of my close environs. I can work from a coffee shop, a co-working space, or my house – I’m not tied down to any, and I can find the one that best suits the type of work I’m currently doing (for example, weird as it is, when I need to focus I prefer to be in a coffee shop).
What’s your biggest challenge? How have you worked through it?
I’m still wrestling with how to limit screen time while working remotely. As you would imagine, I’m looking at a computer pretty much all the time, even when in meetings (since they’re video calls). I try to step away for at least a couple minutes every hour, and make sure that when I eat lunch or take other breaks, that I’m really getting away from the screen – taking a walk, or eating out, etc., instead of just sitting and staring for even longer.
What do you wish you knew when you started working remotely?
Embrace the flexibility. I started work feeling like I had to set up my home office just like a real office, and that I would sit there for eight hours every day so it damned well better be comfortable. But now, as I mentioned above, I find it makes me more productive to move around, even within my house, and get different perspectives on things. Don’t just get locked into one place.
Daniel Gale-Rosen is our Director of Marketing.