This section highlights everything you need to know about remote work at a very high level. If you never worked remotely before or had no idea what it was, this is a section in which you’ll learn the fundamental principles.
- Define Remote Work
- Remote Work vs Freelancing
- Basic Trends
- More companies going remote now
- Why You Should Trust Us
- My Remote Experience
- Our Team
What is Remote Work?
Remote Work is about location independence. Remote Workers are empowered to work where they choose. This can be at home, a co-working space, a client site, coffee shop, or even at the corporate office.
There are many ways to be a remote worker:
- Some Remote Workers work for 1 company, others work for multiple companies, while some work on project after project for different companies.
- Some Remote Workers still visit a corporate headquarters as needed
- Some Remote Workers still commute traveling to a co-working space or to client locations
- Some Remote Workers see their co-workers often, and live in the same city as their co-workers.
Work is becoming less rigid, and Remote Work is part of that trend. It is just one way that work is becoming more dynamic.
Trends in Remote Work
People have been working remotely since the 1980’s. It was first called telecommuting, and by the 1990’s the US Government was studying trends in telecommuting.
Telecommuting was using phones to do work outside of the office. However, in the 90’s and 80’s the technology forced a lot of workarounds: roles had to be changed and responsibilities assigned to make it truly work.
3 Technologies have allowed most jobs to be completed 100% remotely — and completed with the highest fidelity:
- Video Calls: today video calls enable deeper communication with screen sharing, shared whiteboards, and face-to-face communication.
- Instant Messaging: this allows remote workers to join in the small conversations that make office life so productive.
- File Syncing: web applications and file syncing services have allowed people to access everything regardless of device or location.
Today Remote Work can be even more effective than working in-person. Companies that do this:
- Leverage Remote Collaboration. Use the same technology (hardware and software) as well as practices (management, meetings, etc) in the office and remotely.
- Be Remote First. Remote Workers shouldn’t be second class citizens. They shouldn’t miss out because they aren’t in the office. Instead you should plan events, meetings, and work to fully engage remote workers, because what works for Remote Workers will also work for Location-Dependent employees.
Remote Work in the Future
The better workplace communication software gets the fewer difference their will be between working in the same office, a different floor, or miles away from each other.
Different departments are already physically spread out. Everything is more cross-functional. This means even if you are working in the same building or campus, you are probably using “remote” tools.