Working Remotely: What’s In Your Office?

Working Remotely: What’s In Your Office?


I love working remotely. As an associate marketing manager at Articulate, one day I’m writing social media copy and blog posts, the next day I’m analyzing large data sets in digital marketing platforms. I have more flexibility to live my life and travel to spaces like coffee shops or libraries to maximize my creativity and productivity. Plus, I’m spared from sitting in a tight cubicle all day long and braving
notoriously long commutes in Charlotte, North Carolina. Not to mention, there’s a ton of data that shows working remotely improves work productivity and employee happiness.

My capacity to be productive and feel inspired relies heavily on my work environment. I’m confident that others feel that way, too. At Articulate, we even have a #remote-life Slack channel devoted to the remote working experience; it’s where folks share remote tips and tricks, offer how-tos and DIY ideas, and conjure up laughs when posting office pics.

These recent #remote-life Slack conversations piqued my interest in my coworkers’ office setups. So, I asked a few of them—spanning across different teams and tenures at Articulate—to share their remote work experience. Here’s what three of them had to say:

Andrea P., Sales Team Director

What’s your office setup?
I work from my home in Michigan, and my dual screens make my life so much easier—too many apps, too little screen space! My standing desk also makes for a great change up in my day.

But the best part? Facing my front yard. I love seeing the goings-on in the neighborhood and watching random animals wander in and out. I’m also able to wave to friends who are out walking their pets, and I can see when my kids are arriving home from school.

I have a handle on who is coming in and out of the sub, and I know exactly how tall my grass is and when it needs to be mowed!

What are your tips for working remotely successfully?  
When I close up shop for the day, I turn out the lights, shut the door, and I don’t come back until I need to work again. It helps keep me disciplined and not feel like I’m “always working.” Also, ample coffee brewed just the way I like it (see, for example, the three cups presently on my desk.)

What’s the impact of working remotely?
I’ve been a remote worker for almost 20 years, and it’s been the best setup imaginable for my family and me. I appreciate the flexibility, of course, but I really appreciate what it says about the company and people I work for: Articulate has the confidence and trust to let me do what needs to get done, the way it needs to get done. I’m so fortunate that Articulate understands and embraces a fully remote work environment.

Jennifer B., Enterprise Account Manager

What’s your office setup?
I have a standing desk in a closet that I converted into an office at my home in Mandeville, Louisiana. I am in love with my standing desk (a CB2 find), and I can keep moving throughout the day with my Fluidstance balance board. It keeps me active while I’m at my computer.

My office is in my guest room, where I have a regular desk and chair set up, used primarily for customer demos. There’s also a comfy couch (sofa bed), bookshelves, and a turntable. The walls and shelves are filled with artwork (mostly by the kids) and random objects and items I’ve collected over the years that bring me joy. A workplace should be a happy place—and I’ve collected quite a few things in the 5+ years that I’ve been with Articulate!

What are your tips for working remotely successfully?
I love that I can close the doors and the room returns to a relaxing place to hang out, read, listen to music, or watch TV. When they’re open, it’s time to get to work. Over the years, I’ve found that when working from home, it’s important (and sometimes difficult) to separate work life and home life. Physical boundaries help.

What’s the impact of working remotely?
Remote work has allowed me to be more involved in my kids’ lives. They’re teenagers now, and I love that I’m here when they get home from school. I feel we have a much more relaxed family life with mom not being so stressed out with commutes and traffic. Flexibility is also important when raising a family, and my job at Articulate allows me to work hard and be productive, while also being there for my family when they need me.

Anthony K., Technical Writer

What’s your office setup?
My office resides in my home in Sarasota, Florida—right by the very tempting pool. It’s at the far end of the house, away from all the activity when school’s out!

What are your tips for working remotely successfully?
I always have a door that closes, and I’m not afraid to be mobile. Make sure your coworking partner doesn’t leave tail fuzz on your keyboard.

What’s the impact of working remotely?
It’s made me a better person all around. I’m more engaged at work. I’m less stressed when I’m with my family. I feel like I get more done than ever before and am happier doing it.

Wrapping Up

I’m glad that I could share a glimpse into the lives of the talented and interesting folks I work with every day. Our fully distributed company fosters an environment that makes it easy to produce great work. For me, it means a lot to watch our fully distributed nature translate into the awesome apps we develop, the service we provide our customers, and the people we hire.