Rolling remote with Felicia Derian-Hughes

Felicia works as an instructional designer with New Leaders, an organization that trains educational leaders to build great schools that help prepare kids for careers and college. New Leaders’ mission is to ensure high academic achievement for all children, especially students in poverty and students of color.

Felicia is still new to working from home (just over 6 months in), but already has a favorite coffee shop near her home (shoutout to Java House) and has gotten acquainted with her two furry coworkers.

Quick-fire profile

How many years have you worked remotely? 6 months

Where are you based? Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? In my home office

When are you most productive? Afternoon

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Sadie, snoring on the couch| Submitted by Felicia Derian-Hughes

Felicia’s home office setup and decor

What type of desk and chair do you use? 

Traditional sitting desk and office chair, the latter was a gift from my husband.

What features do you like most about your work space? 

There’s a great view of my neighborhood, three privately-owned coffee houses within walking distance, and the sound of my dog, Sadie, snoring. What’s not to love?

Do you share your work space with anyone? Tell us about them!

The aforementioned Sadie the dog and Simon the cat frequently make an appearance.

Felicia’s remote work setup | Submitted by Felicia Derian-Hughes

Remote work pros and cons: Felicia’s take

What are the biggest pros and cons of remote work for you?

Pros: schedule flexibility, travel flexibility, more focus, better work-life balance, more time from cutting your commute, better work culture, less stressful work environment, fewer transportation/work expenses

Cons: struggles with clear communication

Working from home tips and tricks

What software technologies do you use on a regular basis?


What habit allows you to be more productive during the day?

Listening to music or podcasts help me focus. I don’t need earbuds though, which is freeing!

Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.

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