Since the world is moving away from 9 to 5 desk jobs, towards more mobile and open work environments, you might think that the world has figured it out already, don’t you?
Well not so fast.
Yes, working remotely has its own merits. You can work from your home, or from Ibiza or from rural Africa. You can take your dream vacation and at the same time, meet your deadlines. So what’s wrong about that?
Well for starters, Communication! Even though the technology has evolved by leaps and bounds in this aspect, there’s still something truly remarkable about talking to someone in person. Studies have shown that people struggle to convince others and understand the true emotions of others via teleconferencing in comparison to talking to them in person. Well, you can get your message across, but you’ll struggle to convince them your intentions and build strong work relationships via e-communication.
Next is Collaboration. Yes, again you can assign tasks and deadlines to people and get work done using electronic methods, but the quality of the work will largely depend on the person doing the work since it’s hard to closely monitor their work. You will have to believe that they will be disciplined enough to complete their task at the deadline and talented enough to complete it without major interventions since your interactions with them are limited.
Making this work, of course, is not impossible. All these drawbacks can be diluted by having strong communication methods and having a strict schedule in place. Planning ahead is also a must. But all that will involve a lot of phone calls, a lot of video conferences, a lot of emails etc. It’s all hard work, but if that’s the price of getting quality work done, remotely, I believe people are willing to pay it.
Sources: My own experiences in working on projects, remotely.
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