I have always enjoyed helping teams to work more closely together.
And it doesn’t matter if the team is a family, group of volunteers, or a business team. One of my favorite activities is: “If you only knew…” Everyone sits in a circle and one person at a time starts with “if you only knew me, you would know that…” and reveals something that the group in general may not know. I encourage the first round to be fun or silly. Then, the second round would be more serious. I have found that, every time, people that thought they had nothing in common found that they weren’t so different. This activity works in large or small groups, men and women, and I have used it with teen groups as well.
Working remotely has a lot of advantages. There is little to no commute, distractions are (sometimes) much less, and work/life balance can benefit from such an arrangement.
However, there are some disadvantages as well. Humans were built for community, even introverts like myself. As much as I love my quiet office, even I have to stick my head out every once in a while and get some real human interaction. But, working remotely does not have that option. I would guess that the happiest remote workers have found a way to be more social while they work. I know many extroverts that would be gnawing pencils in half if they worked remotely without the possibility of social interactions.
It seems like application developers (coders) speak a different language sometimes, and they do. Computer languages can be as difficult to learn as a regular language, but knowing some coding skills can make you more attractive to your current, or future, employer. You can’t go onto a single job posting web site without seeing ads for companies almost begging for coders. And, according to this Reader’s Digest article, you could make up to $20k more per year by knowing some coding.
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