Four sons, four remote workers.

Dan Morrison spends 75 percent of his time working in his Portsmouth office, where he is CEO of Cambridge Trust New Hampshire.

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But all four sons are spread across the country — all working remotely.

“They’ve all got very successful careers,” Morrison said last week. “It just worked out this way.”

Many of us may bring a laptop home to catch up on a project, but the four brothers all have their offices at their homes.

“It is kind of funny it ended up that way,” said Morrison’s son Matt Glidden, 40, who lives in Portland, Ore.

Matt worked in an office in Cambridge, Mass., for Farm Aid for about seven years, before moving to Oregon a few years ago while still with the nonprofit.

“I am really enjoying working from home generally,” he said. “It’s nice to have a little bit more flexibility. There’s no commuting troubles and stress from that.”

He keeps up with what people are working on via an online chat system. He also participates in a couple of scheduled weekly video meetings.

“The main thing I relied on is having kind of strict limits I set on myself,” Matt said. “There’s enough work that you need to know when to stop.”

Back in New England, his older brother, Michael, lives in Eliot, Maine, and works for Oracle.

“Most of our team is virtual up and down the East Coast,” he said.

He leaves his house at least a couple of work days a week “to have some human contact,” said the 45-year-old Michael, who has worked from home for about eight years. “It’s important to get out of the house or you get stir crazy.”

He wouldn’t mind working in a traditional office — within reason.

“Going into the office for a day or two a week and the flexibility of working from home, you’d get the best of both worlds,” he said. “You miss some of that collaboration and teamwork and that type of work by being virtual all the time.”

Scott Morrison, 31, meanwhile, works from home in Austin, Texas, for Apple. Apple is building a large facility in Austin and Scott could end up working there, his father said.

Eric Morrison, 25, lives in Boise, Idaho, and works for a company based on Cape Cod.

“Technology nowadays allows for flexibility to do this sort of thing,” Dan Morrison said. “You can take a laptop anywhere; you can do anything you can do in your office.”

What’s Working, a series exploring solutions for New Hampshire’s workforce needs, is sponsored by the New Hampshire Solutions Journalism Lab at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and is funded by Eversource, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the New Hampshire College & University Council, Northeast Delta Dental and the New Hampshire Coalition for Business and Education.

Contact reporter Michael Cousineau at mcousineau@unionleader.com. To read stories in the series, visit unionleader.com/whatsworking.

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