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Downsides of working remote?

Hey guys. I have an inhouse firm client that asked if I have jdtrash07/02/17
Do you need human contact to stay focused or balanced? phillydoucherocket07/02/17
Beyond staying focused? Not really. I went from 10-2 M-Th in vohod07/02/17
It's not for everyone. imoothereforeim07/02/17
This applies to large firms: No face time can be very bad superttthero07/03/17
This, in terms of corporate/firm ladder climbing. I think i sjlawyer07/03/17
I don't think I'd want to start off as remote in-house. Face inho2solo07/03/17
I agree that it's risky to start a position, especially a GC mrtor07/03/17
depends on the situation. There are two major concerns: dingbat07/03/17
Makes sense. I think the company does a lot of video confere jdtrash07/04/17
Unsure why the reaponse is 100% negative. Working from home jj8207/05/17
my response isn't meant to be negative, and I hope it wasn't dingbat07/05/17
"Unsure why the response is 100% negative. " Not sure t inho2solo07/05/17
jdtrash (Jul 2, 2017 - 3:24 pm)

Hey guys. I have an inhouse firm client that asked if I have any interest in working as corp counsel for them remote.

Are there a ton of downside to working remote? It will give me an opportunity to travel.

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phillydoucherocket (Jul 2, 2017 - 11:17 pm)

Do you need human contact to stay focused or balanced?

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vohod (Jul 2, 2017 - 4:35 pm)

Beyond staying focused? Not really. I went from 10-2 M-Th in office job with telecommute or court the rest of my time to 8-6 M-F in office unless at court. It was a very dumb move.

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imoothereforeim (Jul 2, 2017 - 8:15 pm)

It's not for everyone.

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superttthero (Jul 3, 2017 - 2:36 am)

This applies to large firms:

No face time can be very bad if you don't have a solid system (official or of your own making) for getting work.

Sometimes works to whoever the partner sees first. Still a ton of boomers running the show.

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sjlawyer (Jul 3, 2017 - 8:46 am)

This, in terms of corporate/firm ladder climbing. I think in terms of what you're asking, Vohod is credited - just staying on task/getting the work done efficiently (for you, not them). If you have an office and can/are doing the work there, then you should be fine. Also, facetime with clients/stakeholders is helpful.

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inho2solo (Jul 3, 2017 - 7:28 am)

I don't think I'd want to start off as remote in-house. Facetime helps build trust with business leaders. They're not going to just trust you automatically because "legal" (quite the opposite, often).

It's a lot easier to catch problems early and deflect the team toward a less risky path when they trust you enough to bring you in on plans early.

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mrtor (Jul 3, 2017 - 8:59 am)

I agree that it's risky to start a position, especially a GC role, remotely. There's a learning curve with every new job and it can be compounded by distance. That being said, if you have substantial experience in all of the areas of work they will be assigning you, it may not be as big of a factor.

It is very difficult to receive promotions remotely. Again, in a GC department, there probably isn't much upward mobility anyway. You definitely need to be a self-starter to excel from home. It is very easy to procrastinate without supervision, which could result in poor performance.

Ultimately, it sounds like a good opportunity if the work interests you.

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dingbat (Jul 3, 2017 - 10:55 am)

depends on the situation. There are two major concerns:

1) inter-office politics. Do you need to put in face time? will you be getting steady work? How will you bond with your co-workers and bosses? Depending on the work situation, this may not be an issue, or it could be severely limiting.

2) Personal situation. Can you discipline yourself? Will you have distractions?
If you're single and living alone, it's a lot more feasible. But if you're living with someone else, will they respect that you're working, or will there be interruptions or expectations that don't work out. For example, a friend of mine was staying at her parents, and they'd come in with snacks or drinks while she was on a conference call. Another example is a friend who was working on a startup company, and his wife couldn't understand why he couldn't get housework done (cooking and cleaning) if he was home all day - and that was on top of his responsibility for taking the children to and from school.
Having a dedicated office helps, but having understanding people in your life matters more.

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jdtrash (Jul 4, 2017 - 9:18 am)

Makes sense. I think the company does a lot of video conferencing. The work that they have asked me to do is all work that I was trained to do at a firm. So I don't think the learning curve will be too great.

I live alone, the part that really attracts me is the ability to live anywhere I want and travel around the US and internationally.

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jj82 (Jul 5, 2017 - 1:54 pm)

Unsure why the reaponse is 100% negative. Working from home is wonderful. If they offered you that option from the start, they clearly think you are responsible, capable, and not needing micro-mgmt. It is true that the best mix is to have some in-office time. I do echo the sentiment that getting promoted is partly a product of being visible in the business and that is inherently harder remotely. When you say you will travel, where and how often. WFH gives you great flexibility as well in terms of taking care of your own life. I have found the best barometer of appetite for WFH is extraversion-introversion scale. The more extroverted you are, the less you will like working remotely. Something to keep in mind.

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dingbat (Jul 5, 2017 - 4:45 pm)

my response isn't meant to be negative, and I hope it wasn't construed as such. I was merely discussing the two major issues regarding working remotely. If those aren't a concern, it's great.

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inho2solo (Jul 5, 2017 - 5:21 pm)

"Unsure why the response is 100% negative. "


Not sure the response is 100% negative.


To the extent the response is fairly negative, though, look no further than the request itself.

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