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     1== Support for working remotely ==
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     3=== Remote workers and organizations ===
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     5=== Ideas for improving conditions for Tor remote workers: ===
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     7* Have at least one trusted friend at work—studies correlate this to worker happiness and decreased turnover
     8* It’s good to work at a cafe or co-working space or co-work with a friend
     9* SAD lights work for people who lack adequate exposure to natural light (whether or not they have a SAD diagnosis)
     10* Use an app that browns out your screen so that you aren’t kept awake by a blue computer screen (RedShift or Flux)
     11* Don’t work in the dark
     12* Disconnect from your devices before bed
     13* Isolate your office from the rest of your house—two different zones: work and life
     14* Make boundaries for family and housemates: “I’m working until 5 pm, then can go to the store with you”
     15* Meals should be events for socializing and food—don’t eat while watching YouTube videos
     16* Have a nice office set up—a nice desk, chair, etc.
     17* Slumping on the sofa is bad for your body in general and can lead to repetitive stress injury
     18* Build psychological support into work teams (works for one of our allies)
     19* Have an “office spouse” - someone you can talk with during the day, even if person is non-Tor
     20* Over communicating is a best practice for remote workers - though discouraged in Tor culture in favor of efficiency
     21* Identify and tell Tor about the best channel to reach you in an emergency—then you can turn off other channels and relax, knowing that if something is on fire, you will get the information. (An antidote to monitoring all channels 24/7.)
     22* It helps if Tor leaders model healthy work/life behavior
     23* Access to a system for referrals to legal help or psychological support (one person said he worked at a place that provided a one-stop help line that would even help him find a worker to fix his plumbing).
     24* Reflect and analyze your behavior and make a plan to actively counter isolation
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     26=== Good Aspects of Remote Work: ===
     27(not everyone experienced these; this was a brainstorm)*
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     29* Time with family, friends, and pets - telecommuting can help build family relationships
     30* No commuting, just computing
     31* Distributed load sharing
     32* Community friendliness at all hours - a person in New York can easily share ideas with someone in Berlin
     33* User questions can be answered at many times of day or night because it’s work time for someone at Tor most of the day or night
     34* Work can happen across a wide span of hours
     35* Workers can live in many places and can find a place to live within their budget
     36* It’s fun to see people you know online in real life :)
     37* Comfort control - Your own chair, etc.
     38* You can avoid people you don’t like
     39* You can pick communication channels that work for you
     40* A funder said that he finds it easy to reach us to ask questions because we are accessible
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     42=== Negative Aspects of Remote Work: ===
     43(not everyone experienced these; this was a brainstorm)
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     45* It’s easy to work too much
     46* Isolation
     47* Time zone coordination for meetings can be a big challenge or even impossible
     48* Circadian rhythm disruption can lead to sleep problems and depression
     49* Asynchronous communication can mean dropped balls
     50* Lack of external structure
     51* Self-motivation and discipline can be a challenge
     52* Pooled resources are fewer
     53* You may be never off the clock
     54* Hard to get family and friends out of your hair when you need to work
     55* Lack of mental health support for psychological challenges inherent in Tor work and remote work
     56* No in-person tech support
     57* Bad onboarding can be exacerbated by remote work and can lead to communication problems and other issues
     58* Mentorship can be more difficult or nonexistent