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No one wants to start the workday full of road rage, then be subjected to stomach-turning lunch smells coming from a co-worker’s desk. How can you expect to get any work done when your boss loves Broadway show tunes and leaving her office door open?
Instead, how about coffee and emails from a wooden pier overlooking a pristine lake, virtual meetings from atop a 10,000-foot mountain or telecommuting while keeping an eye on your kids? Do you work better when you have an adorable puppy sitting on your lap? Whew! Glad we’re not the only ones.
One of the reasons TeamSnap was ranked 16 in Outside Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work List is because we give employees the flexibility to work from wherever they want, whether that’s their backyard, a state park, a coworking space or a traditional office.
When poolside benches, snuggly kittens and any number of inspiring things become a normal office environment, you might be amazed at the amount of work you get done! We think people do their best work in supportive, cooperative environments. At TeamSnap, that means collaborating with co-workers all over the country in many different time zones. Unconventional? Maybe. But we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Let’s take a look at some of the many ways TeamSnappers define “office.”
TeamSnap employees love to get out there. We hike, boat, run, bike, swim, you name it. One of the greatest things about the TeamSnap culture is the ability to work those hobbies into our daily routine!
We love our pets almost as much as we love the outdoors.
When Stephanie Myers from TeamSnap’s Marketing Team decided to move from Austin to Memphis after purchasing her first home, she didn’t worry about taking tons of time off work to move. Working remotely allowed her to tackle all the research, phone calls and paperwork that came along with buying a house on her time. Now that she’s settled into her new place, she’s picked out a few spots for her home office.
Many families struggle with how to manage childcare when parents work full time. Having a flexible work schedule and the ability to work from home alleviates some of the stress and challenges that come along with raising a family.
Self-proclaimed introvert Bria Jones makes her office in Vancouver, WA. She knows working remotely can be challenging, especially for those who are perfectly happy working from an unlaundered cocoon of pajamas and blankets. Bria recommends creating a daily routine to stay on track with work projects and to ensure some fresh air and outside time finds it’s way into each day. Bria’s home work space allows her to spend time with her children and four-legged friends throughout the day.
And some folks keep it fairly traditional.
And once a year, all 70 employees get together in the mountains of Colorado, where we make our office with each other, planning, socializing and laughing. Check out this highlight video to see what our office for that week looks like.
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Kathleen Burke is a writer and communications consultant for TeamSnap. She doesn’t have any pets or children, but she once worked from a pool deck at a mountain-side villa in Saint John USVI.