Sadly, Coronavirus is still here, and apart from the considerable health implications, the virus is also impacting heavily on business. Since its arrival, we have seen markets react, global events cancelled, and as a consequence, we have seen a drop in productivity in some areas. As this is happening, we have also seen an enormous shift towards remote working.
Since COVID-19 has arrived, we’ve seen thousands of people sent home to work by companies such as Google, Indeed, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and more. In the case of Google’s European office in Dublin, it appears that their employees were even sent home as a test to see if remote working was a viable option for their masses of employees.
Companies look toward remote working
Apart from people being sent home out of necessity, one of the few positives from the situation is that people and companies will learn what it’s like to work remotely. They will see both the benefits and the negatives from working from home or outside of the office.
Similarly, companies are now taking advantage of this dreadful virus by testing their remote working procedures. As a result, they are finding some positives. In a recent article, BuzzFeed’s Alex Kantrowitz quotes Jennifer Christie, Twitter’s head of human resources. Here, she says, “We’ll never probably be the same. People who were reticent to work remotely will find that they really thrive that way. Managers who didn’t think they could manage teams that were remote will have a different perspective. I do think we won’t go back.”
So, for employees, what are the benefits of remote working?
According to Eurofound, Budapest, Paris, Amsterdam and London hold the four longest average commute times. With the first two mentioned here, the average commute is 70 minutes! Imagine a world where you didn’t have to sit in traffic every day to get the work. In this same world, you wouldn’t have to sit in the overloaded buses or trains with windows fogged-up from excessive coughing and heavy breathing. Well, this is one of the benefits of remote working. There is no commute.
However, if you really want this to work for you, then you will need to get out of bed, get dressed, and get busy. Find an alternative way to get the fresh air and movement that you’d usually get in the morning. Go for a walk, start exercising, or do whatever it takes to shake away the cobwebs.
So, apart from exercising in the morning, what would you do with that commute time that you gain back in the evening? For many of us, no commute could save a couple of hours every day. As a remote worker, you would have an opportunity to start spending more time on you. Find a new hobby, go out with friends, or go to the gym. There are lots for you to do.
According to the Remote Work Report, saving money and family time are the most popular reasons for working from home. Significantly, 29% believe that remote work would make a difference to their mental health.
Work from anywhere
If your business does consider remote working as a viable option, once you have good wifi and a suitable place in which to work, then you should be able to work from anywhere. This can have a hugely positive impact on your life. For example, say you want to travel and see the world. As long as you’re putting suitable and sufficient work hours in, then you can. However, you mustn’t let your work performance drop. If anything, these positive effects should enhance your performance.
Remote working – Respect it.
Remote working can be amazing. Above all, it can have a positive impact on your life, your health and your mind. However, if you receive a chance to enjoy the benefits of remote working, you should always respect the time and space needed to do your job. Thankfully, according to Forbes, 77% of remote workers find that they are more productive.
One of the benefits of working in an office is that workmates surround you. People who you may love, hate or tolerate. Whatever you think of your workmates, they are company. Workmates can help you hold focus. They can distract you too, but for the most part, they can keep you on track. Therefore, if you do get the opportunity to work remotely, always maintain contact with your colleagues.
How Code Institute supports remote working
Remote working is prevalent among software developers. Because it primarily involves working online, it’s ripe for people to work globally. Code Institute’s full-stack software development programme is online only. Our students and programmers learn to work remotely by dedicating the appropriate time for this programme. More importantly, they learn the skills to work in an agile environment. By using our Slack community, they also learn to collaborate, and by using our tutors and mentors, they also learn how to take direction in a shared online environment.