Why remote working is on the riseMaricel Dragan
The one-hour commute a Brightonian has to endure to get to London, add to a long working journey, more than 10 hours to be precise. According to a recent survey by YouGov "51 % of UK full-time employees said to have experienced burnout" these numbers are higher than in the country pastures. Yet, feeling exhausted in the workplace is a common malice.
The solution, work remote. This trend is on the rise and shows no signs of stopping. Remote working is flexible, supports a healthy work/life balance, and it's a good way to burst your creativity. New Companies have their entire team working in 5 different time zones. Remote working is a super refreshing way of building a team. Besides, why should an employee be tied to a 9.00 to 5.00 job in a stuffy cubicle when she/he can do the same job from the comfort of his/her home?
Collaboration or let's say serendipity is the norm. Cafes, coworking spaces, libraries and even hotel lounges, give way to the stuffy cubicle. The benefits are clear, The Harvard Business review suggests people in co-working spaces report 6 to 7 points on thriving levels. Not surprisingly, big companies are introducing flexible working days.
Deloitte is one of them, the "Hire Me My Way" initiative aims to attract young talent looking for flexible work. Emma Codd manager partner for talent at Deloitte tells,
" We understand that high performance doesn't have to mean working full time- we recognise that people are juggling their careers with commitments and interests outside of work. So for us it is imperative that our people are able to balance a successful and fullfilling career with these interests"
Remove location and a rigid time schedule, and you're left with the flexibility to choose your own working hours. This can be a challenge, time-management skills are a must. The fact that there isn't a manager overseeing your work, doesn't mean your work is less relevant.
It's all about managing your workload independently, and switching tasks the way is more convenient to you. Yet, working independently has not constraints, you can decide when to stop and when to start. Plus, you can try new hobbies or experiment with side projects. Your down time is for you, and remote working is all about having more down time.
A good balance between life and work is crucial to avoid burnout. Managers are beginning to see the benefits of a flexible working schedule. Spending time with family and friends, at the end will reflect in your work. It's clear that you thrive when you reduce the working hours and not the other way around.
You don't have to be a globe trotter to work remote, location free is for stay at home mums, entrepreneurs, freelancers, or anyone looking for a flexible working pattern. Locals can work remote as much as any other member of the staff based in a foreign country.
Location free is for those who find inspiration in other places, rather than an office. You're pretty much flexible to go wherever you feel inspired. As long as there is a decent internet connection, remote working has no ties.
This is one of the reasons a digital nomadic lifestyle is so popular these days. You can say goodbye to a cold overpriced flat in London and work from an idyllic location paying a fraction for accommodation. Having the flexibility to choose your location can positively impact other areas of your life.
Collaboration brings creative solutions and new ideas to the table. Working in a space that encourages collaboration is beneficial for both the employer and the employee. Co-working spaces are great places to meet creatives with different backgrounds. This in turns makes the perfect scenario to generate new business ideas. Collaboration is key to success and meeting new people can open many doors.
Also, when working in a team, a number of tools make collaboration easier. Remote workers, usually have multiple channels to engage with other team members. If you're a freelancer, working with clients in different countries is not an issue, nowadays you can get quick feedback, send invoices easily, and keep your projects safe in a cloud system.
The world of work is changing, the internet brought new ways of earning a living. Flexibility and having the time to develop your passions is crucial for young workers. At the end, those passions will drive a company forward and a freelancer to success. The future looks like a huge network of global collaborations. Companies that fail to see that, will renounce to remarkable possibilities.