Remote Work Vacation Time

Remote work is still a subject that fascinates us, even though for some, it’s old news. If you haven’t ever worked remotely, you might have some questions about how the set-up works. How many hours a day do you work? How does your manager keep tabs on you? Or if you already work remotely, you might be interested in how different companies set things up.

Remote Work Vacation Time

Today, as heat waves roll across the country, we want to talk about remote work and vacation. Here at RED, one of the perks of remote work is the freedom to work – or not work – according to our own personal rhythm.

As you can see in this Buffer report on the State of Remote Work, every company has a different vacation policy.

At RED, our team members outside of the US are contractors, and our team members inside the US are employees. Team members in either situation have flexible but unpaid vacation time.

Some team members choose to work a couple of hours a day during vacation, taking advantage of the fact that we can work from anywhere there is an internet connection. We use VPNs to ensure our connections remain secure. Others don’t connect at all during vacation to take a complete break and recharge their batteries.

How do we prepare for vacation time?

The same way people do in a regular office job, really. Part of our normal work management system is creating checklists & processes so any team member can take up a task if the person usually in charge of that task or project is out.

As vacation time approaches, the team member who will be out makes a list of known upcoming tasks and ensures adequate processes exist so someone else can perform those tasks. She will decide which tasks to perform before leaving on vacation, which she will do after her return, and which to assign to someone else. She keeps her manager in the loop, and if there’s a chance she’ll be out of reach of her work email, she leaves other contact information in case anything urgent comes up.

If the person going on vacation is a usual contact point for clients, then he sets up an out of office email notification, informing clients whom they can contact in the meantime.

For us, having a flexible vacation policy that enables team members to spend more time with family and friends is one of the ways RED works to improve the world in small ways every day.

Do you work remotely? What is your job’s vacation policy?

Do you have other questions about remote work? Let us know!

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Alisa Cognard

Alisa was one of the first team members to join Red Earth Design, Inc. in early 2004. From data entry, she progressed to MySQL database manipulation and PHP coding. Alisa is responsible for all kinds of odds and ends: installing new websites, adding features to them, programming databases, PHP coding, website troubleshooting, website security, and organizational tasks for Red Earth Design.

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