RED is made up of a diverse group of people pursuing the same goal: helping you help the world. Where do we come from, and what brought us here? Here is your chance to see inside a remote team – what makes us tick?
Ben joined the RED team in late 2017 as a project manager. He strives to create efficient experiences for clients and the RED team.
RED: How did you end up at RED? What attracted you to RED?
I found RED through a job posting on We Work Remotely. When I came across the RED listing, I was thrilled! I’ve never seen a job description that describes who I am and what I do so well. I applied immediately, went through the hiring process, and am fortunate enough to now be a part of the team. RED not only builds on WordPress (which I love) but it also has standards that are not found in a lot of other companies. At the end of the day, RED wants to help people be their best, and I wanted to not only have a good job but also be a part of a culture that shares that goal.
RED: What are some of your interests outside of work?
I love board games, fitness, mini-bull terriers, television, and coffee.
RED: Why is remote work important to you?
I value remote work because it allows me to visit family and friends more often and lets me choose the environment that I’m most productive in.
RED: Where do you normally work? Are there other places you like to work?
Most days I work out of a co-working space. I love that I don’t have to worry about coffee, cleaning, or any of the logistics of having an office, but I enjoy being around other people, so it’s easy to jump into a conversation or meet someone new. I work from home now and then, and I travel every so often. The huge benefit of being remote is I can work wherever I have a cell signal and power to my laptop!
RED: Do you work with music, TV, complete silence, other white noise?
Usually, I work with music on, sometimes TV, and every so often just in silence. It depends on what I’m working on and the time of day.
RED: How do you structure your day? What is your most productive time of day?
Though I love the flexibility that remote work provides, I often keep the same schedule/routine. I take breaks throughout the day. I’m most productive in the mornings but am most creative in the evenings. I try to catch up on emails and organize tasks at the beginning of the day, so I can knock out the most important items first and leave the afternoon open for content updates.
RED: It’s not easy to work remotely. Many find it challenging to stay motivated and miss the communication with coworkers. How do you handle these challenges?
Having a dedicated workspace helps. I also always make time for the gym each day as it’s sometimes my only escape from screens. I’m a workaholic – if I’m not working, I’m still researching or reading about something I’m interested in or working on creative projects. I try to work hard throughout the week but attempt to keep nights and weekends free for friends and family.