Is Working Remotely The Future?
As technology advances, it is becoming easier for workforces to work remotely. New opportunities to work from an unfixed location are arising everyday, becoming more inclusive, allowing people to live more flexible lives that they never dreamed of.
Working in technology, it’s very easy to have visioned your career going one way, and one way only. A lifestyle that looked like sitting at a desk from 9-5 every weekday for the rest of your life. Even working in technology yourself, you might not have ever visioned that high-speed wifi would mean that remote work is an actual possibility for you.
How remote working is advancing
Although we could paint a beautiful picture of what remote working could have looked like for your newfound lifestyle, it wasn’t always what it was cracked up to be. Sometimes, people would work from home and not talk to a single person for a whole day, leaving them feeling pretty out of the loop and lonely. Even the most introverted techie would end up craving human contact.
However, gone are the days when remote working was relatively new and there were very few people actually living a flexible lifestyle.
The good news is that in the present day and future, remote working is changing. It’s different to what it was when people felt isolated and lonely. There are more professionals working remotely, meaning that we’re actually able to stay better connected.
How remote working has changed over the years
It’s safe to say that a lot has changed over the recent decade. Today, professionals in most industries have the opportunity to work from wherever they feel they’re most productive - whether that’s at home or in a nearby coffee shop. Not only are there more people than ever working remotely, but people are choosing to do it in a way that suits them and when they’re most productive. We can only see this as a massive win for employers.
Working remotely doesn’t always necessarily mean working from home or a coffee shop, but it could also mean working from a coworking space. “Since 2005, the explosion in the popularity of coworking spaces means they can be found in every major city around the world and in cities across the UK. Between October 2017 and October 2018, the number of flexible office centres in the UK tracked by Instant rose to 5,320! It’s not just the office spaces you’d expect either, hotels and bars have been getting in on the trend by opening their unused lobbies and restaurants as coworking spaces during the day.” - Thrive Global.
Going a step further, employees that work remotely might even choose to work abroad. Soaking up new culture, and travelling the world while working, something many of us wish for.
On the other end of the spectrum, while some people might decide to jet off abroad, others take a much more local approach to their remote working lifestyle. A hybrid approach to remote working is truly flexible, and these kinds of workers will typically flit from being in the office, to working in coworking spaces, to working from home. It’s whatever suits them at the time, and that’s the beauty of remote working.
To us, it’s a no-brainer that employers are ditching the desk and taking a more flexible approach to work. It’s clearly working, with employers becoming more productive, working in a way that suits them, meaning they get more work done. Ultimately, everyone’s happy.
How employers have embraced remote working
It goes without saying that when remote working first came about, it wasn’t exactly welcomed with open arms by employers. Companies feared that their workforce would slack off given the opportunity, and become distracted by external surroundings, as well as becoming increasingly difficult to communicate with.
Although remote working isn’t exactly a new concept, it’s still not most welcomed by every company. Some still have their hesitations. However, opinions of bigger companies surrounding remote work are constantly shifting and evolving (which we believe is most important to drive real change), and we see this trickling out into the smaller start-up firms for a healthier work-life balance and more productive workforce.
”Take companies like Trello, Doist, and Meet Edgar, who have all become fully-remote companies with employees working from time zones around the world. These companies believe in the many benefits of remote work - and their many successes are proof that a flexible working style can positively influence creativity and productivity. Even more established companies like Wells Fargo, Humana, Dell and Intuit have started to list remote positions as a part of their job openings, and it’s largely because of the demand for remote work from top job applicants across the globe.” - Remote Year.
We think it’s pretty evident that when companies embrace remote working, they can clearly see the benefits. Otherwise, why would the big industry players keep hiring remote positions?