It’s one thing to go abroad on a business trip for a week or so, and quite another to work abroad for over a month.Â A prolonged but temporaryÂ stint abroad requires significant office capability–enough to get a lot accomplished, but not enough to merit a full scale officeÂ move.Â So, what’s the answer?Â Make your office as portable as you can, bringing along as much as possible with access to the rest, and then, be flexible.Â ExpectÂ hiccups.
This summerÂ I am spending a good deal of time working from Ireland and Holland.Â Thanks to the internet, Skype and laptops, most of my office capabilities are available–most, but not all.Â Â Technological glitches have arisen, and my chosenÂ tech supportÂ has notÂ been quite asÂ tech-savvy as promised.Â Any European (or other non-US) lawyer practicing in the US temporarily could easilyÂ encounter the same challenges; as a visitor,Â connecting withÂ the requisite business resources takes time.Â Â
Whenever I have spent time workingÂ abroad–whether in Rome or Rio–I have encounteredÂ office glitches.Â Cultural and communication differences always compoundedÂ the problem. Whether the glitch proved major or minor, I always found a solution (albeit not always a timely one). However, the calmer I became, the easier it was to resolve the problem.Â Â Â Â
And so, working abroad this summer reminds me of theÂ traditional adage: patience isÂ a virtue.Â It is indeed.