#WorkFromHome: Behind the Scenes at TechniPhi

Remote work is becoming increasingly more popular and is quickly a common work environment across all industries.  The TechniPhi team, who is completely remote, thought it would be fun to share how each of us works to bring technology to the fraternity and sorority industry each day.  While every day is a little different depending on our moods, our schedules, and what we have to accomplish that day, we all find a way to be efficient and effective at our work while being part of an environment that isn’t conventional.

We asked everyone on our team to share a little bit about their typical remote work environment! Learn a bit more about each of our team members below:

Amanda W. – Account Manager – Tuscaloosa, AL

Amanda

What is your typical work space setup?  Phone, Computer, Water, some sort of caffeine, notebook, headphones –  I always have to be sitting near a door or window.

What music do you listen to while working?  Really depends on my mood and what I’m working on. Can be anything from podcasts to 90′s hip-hop.

What is your workspace temperature? I like anything above 70 degrees.

What are some office quirks, maybe something that might drive your teammates nuts?  I sit at a coffee house a couple times a week and will sit at the smallest table. Keeps me from having too many distractions in front of me.

What’s your favorite thing about working remotely? Fewer Distractions

 

Arleigh D. – Developer – Pittsburgh, PA

Arleigh

What is your typical work space setup? My typical workspace setup is my desk in my apartment (please pardon the mess, I am in the middle of spring cleaning). As you can see, I am rocking the multi-monitor setup along with a mechanical keyboard and fancy headphones for tunes. The easy button and American Economic Association mug were gifts from my previous employer. Gypsy the stuffed cat can also be seen atop my cable modem.

What music do you listen to while working? While I’m working I tend to listen to EDM or Odubstep.

What is your workspace temperature? It’s always cool in the lab (60-68).

What are some office quirks, maybe something that might drive a teammate nuts? I use my easy button excessively.

What’s your favorite thing about working remotely? No pants (always wear shorts).

Branden S. – Chief Operating Officer – Grand Rapids, MI

Branden

What is your typical work space setup?I typically work all over my condo (couch, kitchen table, deck, etc.) and visit the library and Starbucks every week, but my office and desk are my “home base”. I try to keep it a reflection of my personality – I’ve got a Spider-Man mug for my pens with a GVSU pennant, some fun knick-knacks I’ve collected over the years, and a family photo too. My office wouldn’t be complete without my dog Chandler typically hanging out right beneath the desk!

What music do you listen to while working? I listen to all sorts of music, but usually 90s music or something mellow. I’m a major creature of habit when it comes to music and will listen to the same playlists forever.

What is your workspace temperature? It’s usually pretty comfortable in here. I keep it cool and have some warm blankets nearby.

What are some office quirks, maybe something that might drive a teammate nuts? My office sort of looks like a 12 year old lives here. I’ve got a lot of Spider-Man stuff I’ve collected over the years, plus Funko Pops and GVSU swag all over the place. I try to keep most of that stuff segregated to the office only – the rest of my place looks like an adult lives here. I think I’m easy to work with, so long as you don’t hate superheroes or Star Wars!

What’s your favorite thing about working remotely? Freedom & flexibility.

Chris B. – Account Manager – Carmel, IN

Chris

What is your typical work space setup?  I have two different setups: my at-home setup and my mobile setup. My at-home setup is my desk, a cup of coffee, the cat supervisor, and my laptop. My mobile setup is at a coffee shop that is a mile walk, SOHO. I try to leave the apartment by 8:30 a.m. so I can be at the coffee shop by 9. I find a table, spread out, get a cup of coffee and starting attacking the day.

What music do you listen to while working? I have two go-to’s on Spotify; 1. 2Cellos and 2. Your Favorite Coffeehouse playlist.

What is your workspace temperature? At home I keep it around 68 degrees. I like being cool.

What are some office quirks, maybe something that might drive a teammate nuts? I have a lot. I would say that I like to listen to records and so I don’t wear headphones; that would never happen in an office. The other is my constant eating. I think I always have food in front of me.

What’s your favorite thing about working remotely? No barriers  

 

Ellen C. – Vice President – Boone, IA

Ellen

What is your typical work space setup? I usually spend my mornings in my office. I’m kind of a minimalist so I don’t like a lot of clutter or things around, so typically my computer and phone adorn my desk.  Otherwise, I like to sit in other areas of my house where there is a lot of natural light.

What music do you listen to while working? I don’t actually listen to music, really at all.  I do like to have the TV on in the background, either muted or real low.  Typically the Today Show or CNBC.

What is your workspace temperature? 70-72 degrees, if I get real cold (which happens a lot in Iowa) I turn on the fireplace for a quick warm up!

What are some office quirks, maybe something that might drive a teammate nuts? I’m on the phone a lot so just all that talking would probably drive anyone a little crazy, but working from home means I don’t have to shut any doors while I’m on the phone.

What’s your favorite thing about working remotely?No commute, not that in Iowa you would have a long commute anyway, but nothing’s worse than getting stuck behind a slow tractor in a no passing zone!

 

Erik M. – Developer – Indianapolis, IN

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What is your typical work space setup? My work space fits in my backpack and consists solely of my trusty MacBook. I love being able to bike Indianapolis’s dozens of miles of urban trails to work wherever I want! My favorite spot, a co-working space called the Speakeasy, has two locations a short ride away, each with free beer on tap!

What music do you listen to while working? Nothing puts me in the zone to write code more than some upbeat electronic tunes or instrumental hip-hop. My favorite artists to dive into a deep cave of focus are Todd Terje, Tycho, and Washed Out. I’m up to nearly 1,000 hand-picked songs in a Spotify playlist for work, check it out!

What is your workspace temperature? I’m not that picky, but I usually prefer it to be warmer. I’m much bigger on the outdoor temps, because that usually decides if I’m going to hide in my apartment to work for the day.

What are some office quirks, maybe something that might drive a teammate nuts? I don’t think I have any odd habits to throw a teammate off, but I’m so easily distracted when working with other people. I’m convinced that if Patrick and I worked in the same place every day, we’d get nothing done. I love being able to hone in on a project and only look up at the clock several hours later, but it’s so refreshing when the whole team is in town to catch up!

What’s your favorite thing about working remotely?Flexibility rules. Feeling restless? Go for a quick run. Need groceries? Grab them while no one is there. Your FitBit alarm hasn’t gone off two days in a row? No big deal.

 

Gerrit V. – Developer – Home is where we park it, USA

Gerrit

What is your typical work space setup? Sitting at the dinette booth with my cup of coffee, listening to chill playlists on Spotify, and writing code while Ella dreams of playing fetch beside me with the Elk Mountains in the background in Crested Butte, Colorado.

What is your workspace temperature? It varies. Greatly. Mornings can start start as chilly as 45 – 50 degrees but it can also get up to 80+ degrees during the summer in the RV. The temperature is usually around 65 – 70 degrees, though.

What are some office quirks, maybe something that might drive a teammate nuts? My wife says that the music I listen to is annoying, it’s usually non-lyrical. And apparently I sing… And not well…

What’s your favorite thing about working remotely? Freedom and flexibility, we move around in the RV so much, it’s fun to work from anywhere and everywhere. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZkCA_26sXxFnaiGF1fKq6Q

Patrick H. – Mobile Developer, St. Louis, MO

Patrick

What is your typical work space setup? When I’m working from a coffee shop or other public place, I usually just pack my laptop and a small notebook to sketch or jot down ideas. I love coffee, so usually anywhere I can get good espresso or cold brew is a win. When I need a bit more space to spread out, I work from my home desk setup where I can plug into an external monitor.

What music do you listen to while working? I have very eclectic music tastes, so I usually put on a playlist of recent releases to see if I find anything new that I like.

What is your workspace temperature? I definitely prefer cooler over warmer. Mid to upper 60s.

What are some office quirks, maybe something that might drive a teammate nuts? I’ve been told by coworkers that pretty much everything I do is quirky and drives them nuts.

What’s your favorite thing about working remotely? My favorite thing about working remotely is the freedom to set my own schedule and to put myself in the environment where I can be the most inspired and productive. If I feel like working from my couch, a park, a pub, a museum, or a co-working space, I have that option.

 

While working remotely can be a privilege and the flexibility is priceless, it can also be challenging.  It takes a dedicated team who trusts each other and can communicate effectively and frequently through other channels than the “water cooler”.  And, in collecting these answers, we also learned at least one thing we have in common: if we ever got stranded together and had to work in the same space, we could all pretty much live at the same temperature!

We also love the work we do bringing better technology to fraternities and sororities. To find out more about what the TechniPhi team focuses on from our many locations nationwide, visit us at www.techniphi.com.