With tools such as Slack, Trello, Zoom, JIRA we do not need to be in an office space 5 days a week as these tools enables you organize and prioritize your projects in ways that you and your supervisor can track the progress of your tasks.
As remote work is getting rampant, we also need to know the advantages and disadvantages of this flexible job.
First, the advantages.
- You’ll love the flexibility
The best part about working remotely is that you get to work from anywhere. That may sound a bit redundant, but it’s true: instead of having to commute to work daily, check into the same office at the same desk every day, you can work from your home office, in the backyard, at the neighborhood cafe, at a conference, from a plane, and so on. Having the flexibility to work where you want means you can both create the ideal work-space for yourself while also having the option of attending events or traveling to various meetings on your schedule.
- You’ll learn new skills
Because of the vast flexibility afforded to newer remote workers, we imagine there can only be one of two outcomes: they either fail to manage their time properly and flounder in their duties or they seize the opportunity to show how successful they can be independent of direct supervision. Those who find success as remote workers will be those who naturally seek out information when they need it, teach themselves new skills when it’s necessary to do so, and develop a capacity for self-management.
- You’ll save money
An average worker in the U.S. today will spend about $10 getting to and from work, according to a 2015 survey by Citi. Assuming a regular Monday through Friday job, that comes out to nearly $2,600 spent on commutes every year. Working remotely erases all of that money and time wastage and remote workers will likely end up saving money in other ways like outside food, drinks, clothes, etc.
Then the disadvantages.
- It’s hard to stay in the loop
Even with all the advancements in collaboration and communications technology described above, there’s still no environment as perfect for collaboration as being physically present with your peers. While teams that are fully remote can come very close to replicating that experience, it is quite complicated and no matter the technology, it doesn’t change the fact that you’re not there.
- No more happy hour
Some of my best friends today are people I got to know by working full-time in an office. Whether it’s that designer I sat next to for years, the HR person who would join me for midday walks, or that engineer who shared so many of my interests, it’s people who make the office come alive. And there’s nothing quite as satisfying as going out for happy hour drinks with a few co-workers at the end of a long, stressful week.
As a remote worker, you miss out on many things especially the social activities but there are other ways to get it going. You cannot eat your cake and have it, or can you?
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