Remote Work – On The Road Again
Remoteness, not all remote work is the same, and not all remote workers work the same. To some of us, remote means not being in the office due to travel; to others, it is about not going to the office. Traveling creates its own set of problems that make being connected and being on the road a challenge. Yes, if you are working in major cities with great mobile and wifi services, the hassles are low, but as soon as you are working in the rest of the world, problems keep popping up for remote workers and staying connected.
WiFi is a staple of modern business life, and plenty of establishments offer free wifi. Still, the problem of too many people is on them, which means slow or poor performance at many places, and the question of how secure your connection is always a problem.
Mobile connections are good when at 4LTE but become much slower at the 3G level, and 5G is off in the distance and years away from reality.
Whether on a plane, train, or driving your car makes for periods of blackout when you find getting work done impossible. I recently did a five-hour drive across upstate New York in which my cell signal varied from great to nonexistent, making me have to do several calls back to finish my meeting. Beyond mobile coverage is traveling on roads that require going through villages that have stepped down speed limits and plenty of police to ticket you.
What are your traveling hassles? Let us know by providing your experiences in the comments below.