Corporate Communication Specialist, Polycom
San Francisco, CA, USA
What I do:
I’m a Corporate Communications Specialist on the Global Corporate Communications team at Polycom. Our team is responsible for all external and internal communications at the company, which touches everything from employees to branding, social media, PR, etc. I’m currently focusing on our global thought leadership campaign on the Workplace of the Future which explores the way people are shifting to new ways of working and using technology as the great enabler for this.
Why Remote Year?
I've always loved traveling but never really got the experience to the extent I’d like. I've always been fascinated with other cultures, languages, foods and destinations and have always had the travel bug. When I saw that Remote Year would allow me to focus on my career and my personal ambitions of travel, I thought it was too good to be true. You never think about making an actual lifestyle like this!
How did you find yourself in a remote role?
Polycom creates technology that powers human collaboration and allows you to work anywhere, from any device, however you want. I use our technology every single day, it allows me to be successful in my job AND enjoy the benefits of remote and flexible work. I've worked at for Polycom for over a year-and-a-half and flexible work styles are kind of in our DNA; we have a globally dispersed team and some of colleagues that I see over video every day, I haven't even met in person! Remote work can be challenging at times since it requires a different kind of routine and new boundaries. I've been fortunate enough to have experience with this so coming on Remote Year was a great fit for me.
What about your job inspires you?
I love working for a company that creates technology that touches the lives of so many people. Whether it's in healthcare, education, or business enterprise, our technology really improves the way people work and at the end of the day, their lives. I'm the biggest advocate of this since it's allowed me to work remotely and take this incredible year to focus on things that are important to me.
Describe your perfect day
Honestly, it’s any day where I can do this. To have the freedom to choose your own path and explore things that interest you, there really isn’t any better feeling.
Any advice or tips for others looking to bring travel into their lives?
Yes, EVERYONE should do it! Even if you think you don't like to travel or aren't comfortable with it, that's an even better reason to go. I think traveling is really just about having an open mind and being willing to try new things, that’s the biggest benefit of travel. Even if you don't have that much time, you can still learn and experience so many things to take you out of your normal everyday life. Find a way, make it happen.
What is one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t currently?
Tolerance. Through exposure to different cultures, ideas, people and experiences. I think experiencing that at a young age is even more critical. After the first month of travel here, I’ve learned so much about different people and how we all fit together in the world. I think that’s really important. With the technology we have today, there's no reason why we shouldn't be creating this experiences more often.