Last week, an interesting discussion came up on my twitter feed.
@Hnshah asked people: "What do you appreciate the most about remote work?"
I found the answers exteremely interesting, and some of them surprising. Most seem to be common between all of us remote workers, but some of them I had never thought about (perhaps because i m so used to it, after 10 years of working mostly away from office).
Most remote workers appreciate the freedom to do things at their own pace. Put very nicely:
@snsmth: Freedom of time and space. Pretty simple but it’s an immense luxury. The work still gets done but you don’t feel trapped by it.
@Jose_GD: nobody looking over my shoulder to find out whether I'm working or not
@sariazout Choosing my hours so I'm always operating at peak productivity.
@tsunamino Not commuting, managing introvert energy levels, having the flexibility to go to doctors visits, vet visits, take care of the car without feeling guilty, over-communicating and being really nice in person!
The lack of commute is a major factor. Most people seem to appreciate it immensely.
@lukebussey Not commuting to an office so I can Slack the person sitting next to me wearing headphones.
@Mataway: Lack of commute; it's 3 hours a day I get back to spend with my family
@ccarnicle: No commute time, easier to handle personal errands. I’ll never go grocery shopping on Sunday again...
It's a matter of principle:
@harmonylion1: It’s philosophically satisfying. You get paid for your contributions, not for being at a certain location from 9-5 and other absurdities.
Parents were very appreciative of the extra time they had to spend with their family, a huge benefit of remote work:
@ericclemmons Remote doesn't rob my kids of daddy.
@TravisFischer 2) Lunch/breaks with my kids (especially while young) -> Emphasis on what's most important in life
Business reasons abound. Remote work enables companies to hire the best from all over the world:
@andreasklinger: International careers for international talent
@sarah_edo - Working with people from different countries and backgrounds
@MJB_SF 1. No unnecessary meetings/chatter
@mhuckabee1: Not being pulled into pointless office politics! I can spend time doing productive work instead of hearing gossip, rumor, and innuendo.
Some things that i had not thought about. And frankly they are all positives:
@cmartinjr Be able to clean my apartment, grocery shop, etc while it is still light outside
@datamux Unlimited toilet breaks
@Suganthanmn: No need to shave
@sspreng Listening to whatever music I want out loud
@MelissaHui Temperature control.
@sspreng Not having to endure a freezing office
@jacobkostecki Awesome recession hedge as when one market (geo) goes cold/down there is the whole world to earn from.
It's also good for the environment:
@smulpuru I also feel like I leave less of a carbon footprint by not commuting or idling in traffic.
and for your health:
@d_feldman I have time to exercise most days now! I was never able to manage that while working in an office 9-6.
In a nutshell, the revolutionary thing about remote work is this:
@TheColonial Having work fit in around life, not the other way around.
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