Som Viswanath is a Senior Client Success Specialist at Indeed Sydney but works remotely from Melbourne. He has an extensive variety of work experiences ranging from being a qualified architect, to a lecturer and a Digital Media Executive. 

These days, working from home has given many of us a preview of what it’s like to work remotely. But what is it like working remotely prior to the pandemic? 

While taking a career break, Som was approached by a friend who was working at Indeed at the time. She sold him the dream – to work for a global brand, the #1 job site in the world and work remotely. “It was too good an opportunity to pass up and my dream became a reality,” Som shares. 

Som has been working out of Melbourne since he joined and is one of the first people working remotely at Indeed in Australia.

In this Culture Matters podcast, Som shares his experiences, challenges and some of the ways he overcomes the challenges he faces while working remotely. He also shares what it’s like working amidst the Melbourne lockdown in recent times.

“The first things people usually ask me is, do you actually do any work? I do have KPIs, I do have targets, and if I didn’t do my job, I wouldn’t be hitting those targets,” Som said.

Som and his cat friend in his home office

While walking us through his experience during the lockdown in Melbourne, he also shares one of his biggest struggles, “We were restricted to a 5km radius from where we lived and we had to work from home. The one thing that changed before the pandemic was that I used to travel for work; I used to travel to Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane to meet clients… I used to travel quite a bit and that got taken away from me. That was a real struggle for me.

Som also explains how he manages work having one work office at home, while living with his partner who also shares the same workspace. 

To find out more about Som’s story and tips to manage remote working, listen in on this episode of our Culture Matters podcast.

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