About 20 years ago my favourite pastimes was looking for telecommuting jobs on craigslist. That's was it was called back in those days.
I never found one at the time but since then I have worked remote-first and semi-remotely (hybrid) for many years.
Since the pandemic hit, remote, flexible and hybrid work seems to be here to stay.
The point is most knowledge workers don't need to be in an office to do their work. The onsite 9 to 5 is a relic of the industrial revolution where workers needed to show up at the same time to do assembly line work.
Times have changed.
Being in the same space to collaborate can be quite productive, then again many tools are replacing that requirement.
Working remotely makes you communicate more clearly in chat, email, video and as documentation. These mediums keeps a permanent record of your thinking while onsite impromptu meetings mostly goes undocumented.
The open office plan apparently was a bad idea. It turns out our homes were less distracting and more comfortable for most people to get their work done.
On the flip side with kids and more than one person working at home, it can be very difficult to make things work.
However this works out after the pandemic, I think most companies and individuals have had enough the time to figure out what works for them.
Hopefully these changes would benefit many and help shape the future of work.
- Employers, let your people work from home
- BBC Worklife
- A Field Guide to Developers – Joel on Software
- It's Official: Open-Plan Offices Are Now the Dumbest Management Fad of All Time | Inc.com
- What is Remote-first? | VMware Glossary
- Distributed.blog – The future of work is here.
- Coronavirus and the Remote Work Experiment No One Asked For – Matt Mullenweg