Remote

Today it’s been four months since I started working for a 100% remote company. I’m still learning how to manage myself on this way of working, but what does decentralized work mean to me?

The pandemic has push off the remote way of working incredibly fast. Before, many of the companies that rejected the idea used similar excuses: magic only happens when people are in the same room, how can I know they’re really working or productively only happens face to face. In truth, company’s attributes like good communication, collaboration, organization and strong culture are synonymous of good health in our times. But the truth is a company should try to work those values regardless of whether it is in an office or at home.

More or less everyone knows the advantages of this work philosophy but I’ll introduce three that I consider above the others: access to global talent, your network opens to a whatever talent you’ll need in whatever place you want to find it; the beauty of take advantage of our own time, a company that is built around remote values doesn’t have to follow a set schedule; the environment, the benefits for the environment are more than obvious.

Blackboard

Speaking for myself, the remote experience gives me more control over my own time and also pushes me to improve my communication skills. Oral and written communication is essential for distance work. We must accept that if only one member of the crew is not at the office the overall team should take a remote mindset. We must try to write down everything just to avoid misunderstandings.

Despite these positive things, I have also found a problem: when suddenly (like in this pandemic) a team swipe from on-site location into a remote company all the members that were part of that “office past time” has strong relationships between them but… what happen when new people join the enviroment? It is specifically at this point that the culture of remote work needs to be enhanced and taken care of to the maximum.

Given these points, I’ll continue reading, experimenting and learning about remote job just to keep up to date this blog with new ideas. The question now is: are non-software companies ready to this new revolution?

References
  1. GitLab's Guide to All-Remote
  2. Resources for remote work by Buffer
  3. REMOTE, Office not required

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Thanks for reading!