I've been training myself on all aspects of remote work for the past several years and have become fairly passionate about the topic. Even so that I've become a big promoter of the case. The reason isn't simply because it enables freedom and flexibility for the worker, and that one can sip on coconut juice in the tropics while delivering work to clients. But because I've come to see that there's really much more to this trend: It's an evolution of the workspace and how we do business. It's something we have to embrace and adapt to, as employees and companies. More importantly, something we need to integrate into our business culture. And truth is: sooner the better.
I get quite a few questions on a daily basis around how I got into remote work, how it works, what is the advantage/disadvantage, etc. The pros and cons matter is fairly subjective and a separate topic that is open to discussion. However, my observation is that everyone seems to be interested in learning more and possibly finding a suitable job that will open the doors to that admirable flexible lifestyle. I try to take the time to answer each message, but I see this subject as something much bigger than just a change in the work-life balance...
Possibly, a paradigm shift; a new era of work.
For me, the most interesting points are the following three:
- Equal opportunity in the job market: access to internet and a laptop are all it takes to enter the competition and offer your skills to the market. Geography and time zones are no longer a limitation, but possibly a richness.
- Efficiency: Skills and output overrule fixed 9-5 presence at the office. Businesses don't need to hire someone to fill in a position for an indefinite time if they only need the delivery for a certain set of tasks. Timely and high quality delivery of work within defined time is much more efficient than filling 8 hours at the office each day.
- Responsibility: Remote working gives you more independency, therefore comes with the task to manage your own schedule, take extreme ownership of work, strengthen your network and grow your skills to stay competitive. Since you're away from sight, a higher sense of responsibility needs to be in place and communication should be built on transparency and trust.
I am quite excited to observe this paradigm shift and to see how businesses will incorporate this mindset into their culture. At the same time, I'm very curious to see the reflections on the job market and the candidate applications.
What are your thoughts on remote work? Have you been following the trend?