“On any given day, the average employee spends nearly 65% of their time on busy work and in meetings, 20% searching for information and just 15% — or 1.2 hours a day — on the meaningful and rewarding work they were hired to do,”
While meetings have their place at work – like bringing out creativity and expanding your mind to other viewpoints through the other persons – they also consume a lot of time so that sometimes there can be a little time left for deep work.
"In turn, a remote work arrangement could afford employees more time to attend to personal matters like grocery shopping, paying bills, doing housework and spending time with family"
I really like that about remote work. The ability to live your life more freely. There is other stuff in life than work.
What a setup! Check out this "self-made pad with crushed marble for feet massaging". Great example about one of the nicest benefits of working from home – freedom to set up your own work environment and tweaking it to the finest details.
Workout in the gym, followed by a swim in the rooftop infinity pool, followed by some beers seem like a great way to start the 29th year! Happy bday!!
I think it's very cool if you have one or more team members in your city, so you can work some days together in a coworking space or just meet IRL for an ice cream.
This is also one of the reasons I'm building these remote company maps – so when you're planning to join a team, you can check if they already have members in your home city.
I really encourage you to read this article about remote work. It really sums it up nicely.
“The idea of anyone needing to work from one location every day 40 hours a week will seem even more antiquated than it already does today”
I know this can also be a source of stress, but I like how working remotely merges work and life. You don't have to sit on one place 40h per week to work with your laptop. But you need to build your own work-life balance.
“Whoever I work for next, if they tell me I can’t work remotely, I’m not working for them.”
Remote work is not a perk anymore. It's a requirement.
"70% of professionals work remotely at least one day a week, while 53% work remotely for at least half of the week"
Remote work is huge already! And of course there are these companies who are entirely remote – they event don't have an office! (I think @doist and @buffer don't have an office?)
"Nearly 70% of millennials would be more likely to choose an employer who offered remote working"
To find a great talent, you *need* to offer a remote possibility. Not in the future, but already today.
I think the benefits make remote work a no-brainer. For a start, you can hire talent from anywhere in the world instead of your local city.
But the remote culture needs to be done right in the company. One of the main problems is probably being "always on" so that you don't know when you are working and when not. Work and life boundaries are not clear anymore.
I really like how @doist is communicating their clear and organized remote work culture. They even built an app for this – https://twist.com
People love remote work!
91% of remote workers said working remotely is a good fit for them
96% of remote workers would recommend working remotely to a friend
You'll find some fun (embarrasing) comments in the report from remote workers, like:
"My dad coming over during my weekly 1:1 with my boss, hugging me, and asking to say hi to my 'work friend'"
"My husband has a habit of reorganizing the freezer during client meetings."
"My husband walked through the background of a video call in his underwear."
While working remotely can be a great way to work, it may not be for everyone:
Juniors may need more face-to-face guidance.
Some people really want to talk to other people in real life, so can be lonely at home.
Your home may not be the best place to work (distractions, not enough space), but you could always go to co-working spaces.
Time zones can be difficult. Check out required time zones before joining a team.
Writing is important, because when you work remotely, you need to write a lot.
Grace gives some good tips about how to work from home:
Have a routine
Get out of the house
Prepare for meals
Create a work-designated space
Remote workers can seemingly disappear, because they're not physically in the office. Often left out of meetings and discussions.
Very helpful for the team if you communicate your status clearly. If you're out for a coffee, mark your status as "away" on your messaging app. Also, do not work from the bed. Not a good idea.
Oh, and this "mute" button you want to press during the meetings, well... don't. I know, I've done it too – I've put together my furniture with a drill during a meeting. Not proud of this.
Well, it does seem obvious that remote work is becoming more and more popular. Can be more difficult with old school managers, but as you can see from this report, 69% of young managers support working remotely.
When these old school managers are replaced with younger generation managers, there will be more and more remote positions to apply for.
We won't put our pants on, but we work harder!
When you're working remotely and you're not physically present in the office, your boss or coworkers can have a feeling that you're watching Netflix at home. And this could be true! But, if you can handle your work while watching Netflix, where's the problem?
There needs to be more trust in remote companies, as team is really based on trusting each other. If you're not doing your job, it should be visible, and then you just don't fit to the team.
Leo knows remote work. After all, he co-founded Buffer, one of the best remote companies in the world.
While there are a lot of positive sides to working remotely, there are also negative sides (as with everything in life). Leo looks more deeply into loneliness.
People may often think that working remotely = working from home. While this is probably true for a lot of people, I think it shouldn't be like that. You shouldn't work from home most of the time, especially if you have a family and you don't have a separate "office room" at your home.
I think that coffee shops as offices are also not good. There's just too many people, so they tend to be rather noisy. Also, isn't it weird to sit 8h in the same coffee shop several days in a week? You should probably change shops and that's also a bit cumbersome.
So, for me it seems that coworking spaces are the best solution for remote work (saying this from my home, where I'm working 99% of my time, and I do have a family and no separate room for my "office")