The concept of remote or mobile working has been trending in the startup world, mainly due to its growing popularity among the youth. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this new jargon, the concept of a mobile team is centered around a team whose members are scattered all over the world, working together while staying connected with the help of the virtual media.
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Here are some of the pros and cons of working in a remote team.
PRO: Designing your own office
Working in the comfort of your home is one of the best upsides of being in a remote team. No one likes to work in a cubicle, and honestly, that tiny little space can be depressing at times. Working in a remote team gives you the luxury to design your surroundings according to your likes and dislikes to bring out that productive beast in you.
CON: Not working with a team
You are your own boss while working in a remote team and the fact that you do not have an actual team comprising of members around you at work can be a bit depressing. In fact, this is one of the first things people say they miss while working remotely. The idea of engaging in daily conversations, collaborations, and bouncing off ideas can be a huge motivator for some people.
PRO: Managing your own schedule
Working remotely has great perks, one of it being the freedom to choose your own schedule. Since the whole concept of a mobile team is to offer more flexibility to those engaged in it, you can take charge of your own time and utilise it however you wish to. It becomes very easy to target the best time schedule and work independently around that to make the most of it.
It becomes very difficult to blur the lines between office and home while one is working remotely. The same comfort that allows some people to work better can prove to be detrimental for others since it’s very easy for anyone to get carried away with other familial matters while ‘working’, hence, slacking at work.
PRO: No office politics
Every office brings with itself a fair share of nuances which most people hate. Since you’ll be working remotely, you’ll only meet your fellow coworkers at larger meets, where ‘professionalism’ will be the order of the day. Remote teams are the best way out for anyone who does not like to get involved in the office bickering and dirty politics.
CON: No work friendships
While working remotely, people tend to miss out on the post-work shenanigans like going out with colleagues, dining out, all-nighters before deadlines, and perhaps playing a round of pool! There are many cases of life-long friendships that people have found at work, and you certainly won’t find that sort of a bond.
There are positives and negatives to everything, and while the idea of working in a mobile team sounds appealing to everyone, it’s very important to weigh in both sides of the argument before coming at a conclusion.