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?
Rafael joined the RED team in the fall of 2020 as a developer. He creates features and functionality and brings clients’ or designers’ ideas to life on the web.
RED: How did you end up at RED? What attracted you to RED?
Before being hired at RED, I spent several months job hunting on sites like weworkremotely.com. When the listing came up, I knew RED was a company I wanted to work for. I appreciated the beautiful work they had done for companies and non-profits of all sizes, their use of green web hosting, and their work/life culture.
RED: What are some of your interests outside of work?
I have a small home studio where I write and produce music for myself and others. I also dabble in video production. When I need to unwind I love playing indie video-games and hiking.
RED: Why is remote work important to you?
I was an only child, so I enjoy the quietude and stillness. I also like the flexibility to make changes to my work environment.
RED: Where do you normally work? Are there other places you like to work?
I normally like working at my personal desk, but I also enjoy quiet patios, and anywhere with lots of natural light!
RED: Do you work with music, TV, complete silence, other white noise?
If I’m listening to music, classical is my go to, but indie rock or 8-bit video-game music also work if I need more energy!
RED: How do you structure your day? What is your most productive time of day?
I often feel most productive in the late-ish morning and in the evening so sometimes I will start in the morning, take a break in the mid afternoon, and return to work in the evening when I’m re-energized.
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?
Every hour or so I make sure to get up and stretch and move my body. Now that I’m working remotely, I try to make an effort to schedule time with friends. Even though my co-workers are mostly miles away, we communicate a lot, so it still feels like we’re all in the same office!