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Remote work is amazing and here’s why

The rapid developments in communication technology has created the possibility for employers to interact virtually with their employees, through various communications platforms like skype, Zoom, WebEx, Slack etc. which have removed the necessity for physical workspaces and offer numerous advantages.

Consequently, businesses are increasingly turning towards hiring their workers remotely, a trend which according to Upwork’s future workforce report would be the predominant style of work in the next decade.

For businesses like IBM remote work offers the opportunity to cut down on expenses as high as $100 million annually since there are no expenses like rents and utilities to pay for.

In addition to this is also the opportunity to select from a wider pool of talented candidates rather than restrict themselves to only candidates within their geographical location.

With such advantages it wouldn’t be a surprise if as a designer whose work can be done from anywhere your next job turns out to be remote and if you are reading this it means you are already interested in the remote workforce or considering joining one.

Here are the advantages sure to come your way:

Productivity:

Designers working in 9–5 Setting force themselves to remain creative throughout their working hours regardless of their mental state. Remote work is a flexible solution to this.

Yes, you will still have to work at least 6 hours but you can do all this within working hours convenient for you, and since distractions like colleague chatter are absent there’s more room for concentration.

check out this survey by ConnectSolutions which gives you an idea on how well the productivity rate of workers improves when they work remotely.

No commuting:

Commuting is a part of traditional work life that can’t be avoided and only a few have the opportunity of spending less than an hour to get to work.

The majority would however spend their energy during their 1–2 hours commute and arrive their work places exhausted.

In addition to this energy sapping routine is the cost that’s involved in transporting to and from work which takes up a part of the monthly pay cheque.

Remote working saves you from this practice as you can dodge the commute life and save up transport by working from your home.

Access a wider pool of employment:

When searching for places to work the usual practice is to search for places within your locality due to distance barrier as you might not want the fuss of relocating, plus hiring managers prefer candidates who don’t need to relocate.

Due to this predicament you unfortunately miss out on all the awesome opportunities outside your locale. Well Remote working remedies this situation by allowing workers to work from any geographical location provided they have a stable internet connection.

For a designer it means you can finally work with dream agencies outside your locality since interactions between you and employers can be managed effectively through various communication platforms.

Take the NGD platform for instance where you can work on juicy projects you would ordinarily not find in your locality.

Work-life balance:

With the absence of commuting hours and distraction free zones remote workers are able to save up on time and use this to catch up on non-work related.

This isn’t possible in traditional work settings where the average worker spends his day commuting to work, doing the actual work and returning home.

With the option to work from home most remote workers usually find it hard to measure productivity or to stay productive due to the prevailing comfort existing in these places.

To get the best out of remote working, its ideal to set up a strict working hour schedule and a means to measure productivity even if it’s not demanded from your employers.

This could be by setting a to do list or a timer to gauge how much time was spent achieving your target. If it turns out that productivity is low then try considering working out of home, maybe at a conducive public place near you like a coffee shop or a public workplace where office conditions are simulated.

Before jumping into remote work here are questions to ask yourself.

Can I thrive in an isolated working role?

In a remote condition you would be without supervision and rely mostly on initiative.

So if you need repeated clarification on briefs, remember You don’t have a supervisor next door whom you can walk up to for more explanations on a client brief.

Consider if you can cope under these situations before signing up for a remote job.

How productive can I be at home?

Evaluate how much discipline you can summon up in order to work as well as you would do in an office under supervision.

As remote working always places convenience at your fingertips and this might be too tempting for many.

You might find yourself facing the temptation of working from your matrass on a pajama which is a no-no for productivity.

Final thoughts

Remote working has been the working trend since as early as 2018 where 50 percent of the American workforce where in some form of remote work or the other but with the break of the corona virus this numbers have grown remarkably.

It has been seen as the safest option and many would rather work remote due to the advantages discussed above regardless of the challenges they may face.

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Tobeaninyei

I write about experiences unique to the creative/tech industry.