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?
Daphne joined the RED team in 2020 as a project manager. She keeps projects running smoothly, on time and on budget.
RED: How did you end up at RED? What attracted you to RED?
RED was one of the first jobs I came across on FlexJobs when I decided it was time to step away from a position where I was wearing too many hats and seeing my computer screen more than my loved ones. I was so convinced RED was the right place for me that I didn’t even apply for any other positions. It was RED’s core values, “real” team, commitment to their customer’s success – particularly non-profits – and understanding of the importance of work/life balance that drew me here.
RED: What are some of your interests outside of work?
I love learning, whether it’s languages, technology, drumming, or reading non-fiction. I’m also an outdoor enthusiast and enjoy nature walks with my family and playing games with family & friends.
RED: Why is remote work important to you?
I appreciate that remote work offers fewer distractions than an office/cubicle environment affords. It also means a ton to have the freedom to breathe fresh air outside or be there for many of my son’s firsts (in years past) or grab a snack (or coffee!) to fuel my mind as needed. It’s equally good to have the freedom to fully focus on whatever I’m working on without co-workers stopping by for chit chat that adds up throughout the day. RED stays connected through Slack, so we still have the same fun and rapport that any other team has, but with the ability to check communication at an opportune time rather than numerous distractions throughout the day. We also have regular team calls. And ditching the commute is always good for sanity too. :)
RED: Where do you normally work? Are there other places you like to work?
While I love the idea and occasional chance to sneak away to a co-working environment or quiet library, I usually work from my home office with windows on either side of me for great natural lighting. When the weather’s nice, I work on my deck either on a shaded patio table or in a large tent with mesh walls if I want to be bug-free.
RED: Do you work with music, TV, complete silence, other white noise?
If I’m working on something very intense with multiple layers of complexity, I usually either work in silence or using a brain-wave boosting program like brain.fm or the Evo app. Otherwise, I like to listen to music while I work. If I’m doing something fairly mindless or that requires skills that are second-nature, sometimes I’ll listen to podcasts or audiobooks.
RED: How do you structure your day? What is your most productive time of day?
I work from 11a-5p Eastern and check email first thing in the morning & before going to bed to make sure there’s nothing urgent that needs immediate attention. Before work, I have a morning routine that helps me get ready for whatever the day holds and allows me valuable time with my young son. I try to save evenings for family time. My most productive time of day is actually 7p-2a, but since that’s not when the rest of my world operates, I try to knock out the bigger tasks from 10a-3p and save the late afternoon for smaller, miscellaneous tasks or follow-up communication.
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?
I’ve been working remotely for 6+ years now and wouldn’t have it any other way! I find that I’m much more productive working remotely than in an office environment, partly due to less distractions and partly because I have the freedom to take a quick break to refresh my mind for greater focus if needed, or to listen to music to keep me inspired on less interesting days. I do miss the face-to-face interaction, but we get that to some degree through regular team calls and we keep in touch via Slack every day.