We live in a world of constant and rapid change. Things change, either as a product of our own actions or actions triggered by external factors. But regardless of the reasons, it’s important that we embrace it. By embracing changes, we control them, we can react to them and we can be their masters. Otherwise, a failure in one way or the other is inevitable.
One of the those recent changes, for many, is remote work. This change like many others was a product of global pandemic and many companies were caught off guard. While some companies were remote even for decades, many were and still are sceptical towards it. This scepticism is understandable. We are glued, enchained, imprisoned in our habits, our own ways. We are mind-controlled by history, mastered by the past as its own puppets.
We say things like “that’s how we always did it”. But in the end, we are simply having hard time accepting change. And no, don’t take me wrong, I’m not some incredibly progressive person. I don’t crave for constant change. Some things are often simply good as they are. But when it comes to remote work, I disagree with those who opose it.
In the rest of this article, I will elaborate my views, arguments and why I believe your organization (if the industry and type of the work allows) should embrace remote work and/or at least offer it as a posibility. This opinion, and those arguments are based on 5-7 years experience on working remotely as a software engineer. They are not in any way a product of someone else’s experience.
Without further ado, let me share the good, the bad and the ugly of remote work. I’ll try to be as comperhensive as possible and aside of general discussion and opinions, I’ll try to share everything that worked for me and that enabled me to not just be a productive remote employee but also, a very happy one.
If you pay close attention to those who are having hard time working from home (or any other remote location), it most of the time boils down to distractions. Majority of the people today, even those who already work remotely are not adequately equipped to perform such work.
The main issue is absence of dedicated space, aka, remote office. It’s very common to hear now days how companies are cutting cost by implementing remote work, but that’s only the case because they are approaching in a very wrong way.
Becoming a remote worker actually costs money. Working remotely absolutely requires an extra room in your apartment, that being said, if you are having kids or living with your family, better start looking for a bigger place.