Let’s talk about work.
I have been a remote employee since 2006. At times, I was the only remote employee (hello to being on a lonely island) and other times part of a fully distributed team. It’s the only thing I know and my approach to remote work has changed as I’ve gotten older and wiser, had kids, taken on new roles, and a whole host of other reasons. Point is: I’ve been doing the remote thing for a long time. My husband started working remotely in 2016, so we’ve operated as a “remote couple” for years.
Then the pandemic hit in March of 2020 and suddenly a lot more people were remote. It was stressful at first but then… people figured it out. They saw that work and collaboration could still get done; it just looks different.
In 2021, word began to spread about companies ordering employees back into the office — including my husband’s employer. I wrote on LinkedIn about our response to that as a couple.
My post got an unexpectedly large amount of attention, including requests for interviews and being featured on LinkedIn’s Talent Blog. Clearly, it’s something that people want to talk about.
I started this newsletter to keep the conversation going. The pandemic made us realize what we want — and don’t want — from our careers. (I’m also part of the Great Resignation, having done a major career pivot from fintech to content marketing, but that’s a story for another day).
This newsletter will be twice per month about any and all things related to the future of work: remote work, flexible work, hybrid or co-working models, collaboration, and more. I love to tell stories, so I’ll draw in on my own experiences and also call out instances of companies that are doing it wrong and why.
Buckle up: the world of work has permanently changed.
I have been writing for a loooong time. Not counting the dozens of journals, bad poetry, and endless Word docs from my early years, I started writing publicly in 2009 when my oldest child was three weeks old. He was a good baby and I was bored on maternity leave, so I started a blog where I’d quip about my experiences as a new parent.
I was an English major in college, but couldn’t really see myself with a career in writing. At the time, my options seemed to be either to publish a novel or work for a newspaper or magazine — neither of which interested me. I had worked at a bank throughout high school and college, and banking seemed to be a more viable, stable career option.
So instead, I went into fintech and stayed there for 15 years. I started as an implementation specialist, then became the product manager, and eventually rose to the executive level, managing the customer service department. I had deep subject-matter and institutional knowledge… but also had hit a ceiling at the small company.
In the middle of the pandemic, I realized that I wanted to do something different. I wondered if I could pivot into writing, specifically in the marketing field. I took on some freelance work (this was while still working my full-time executive-level job and also with kids at home doing the remote learning thing).
After a few months, I decided that I had enough in my portfolio to apply for roles in content marketing… and landed a job. I was also introduced to a community banking magazine and brought on as a contributing editor.
It was a major career shift. I was basically starting over, the newbie with no formal writing, marketing, or journalism experience. Yet I couldn’t be happier that I made a change.
I live in a suburb of Chicago with my husband, our three kids, and a cat named Midna the Twilight Princess. Things are never boring in our household.
If you want to read funny or exasperated stories about parenting or how I try to stay sane, head over to Medium. If you want a more serious tone about how sometimes life is very hard, check out my blog.
But if you are interested in reading about the future of work, you’ve come to the right place.