In short, they include:
- No commute
- More flexibility & freedom
- Increased productivity
- Not location dependent
- Increased earning capacity
- Environmentally friendly (lower carbon footprint)
- Company retreats
Hey everyone, this is Andrew from HelloRemote and today we’re asking “What are the benefits of remote working?”
This video is for you if you’re thinking about getting a remote job for the first time, or switching from an office based job into remote work.
If that sounds like you then stick around because I’m going to walk you through the best bits of working remotely, and at the end of this video I’ll tell you how to access the HelloRemote online course for free, which is your one stop shop for discovering remote jobs and being in the top 1% of applicants.
So what are the benefits of remote working?
Well first of all, not commuting into the office. This is one of the most obvious benefits, but for those of you that sit in a car or public transport every day, know exactly how much it costs you in terms of time and money. Getting a remote job allows you to instantly eliminate your travel costs and up to a few hours back to yourself every day.
The next most popular benefit of working remotely is more flexibility and freedom. When working remotely there is a great deal of trust placed on you to get the job done. If you get the job done, there isn’t too much micromanagement focussed on how you get it done. This means you get treated like a grown up and are able manage your work life balance as you see fit. The most common examples cited are being able to drop off and pick up the kids from school, looking after pets at home, having more time to focus on household tasks like shopping and cleaning, or best of all, having some time to focus on things that are important to you, whatever they may be.
Another benefit of working remotely is the increase in productivity. Once settled into a routine, many remote workers can really throw themselves into work that requires deep focus, with minimum distractions that you normally get in an office. From experience I have seen the impact of interruptions and context switching on software development teams, and the negative impact it can have on the total output per week. Put simply, with reduced distractions, you can be more productive than you have ever been before when you work remotely.
A really popular benefit of remote work, is not having to be based anywhere geographically. In many cases, as long as you can do your work and communicate with your colleagues, you are free to live and work wherever you want. This could mean working from your local coffee shop or co-working space, or you could adopt the nomadic lifestyle and live out of hotel rooms all around the world!
Another remote work benefit, which is similar to the one I’ve just mentioned, is not having to live where you currently do. In many countries around the world, the best jobs are based in the busiest cities, which have the highest cost of living. When you have a remote job, you don’t have to live in the big cities and are free to move elsewhere, where the housing is more affordable, and can offer a better quality of life to you and your family.
One of the most appealing benefits of remote work is the earning potential. The salary they pay in San Francisco is considerably higher than the salaries they pay elsewhere in the world. Remote companies know this, and if they want to attract the best talent to their companies, understand they have to pay a fair salary and benefits package. If you live in a part of the world where there is a lack of industry, then a remote job could be significantly higher than anything you could find in the local geographic area.
Another bonus for remote work is the lack of travel, and therefore more environmentally friendly. Collectively, if we’re not all sitting in cars commuting to the office two hours a day, then it’s going to have a big impact on the environment long term.
And finally, the last benefit I’m going to talk about are the company retreats. Generally speaking, most of the companies hiring remote workers right now are technology companies, with a distributed team all over the world. And as good as the communication tools are right now, and as efficient as the working processes have been refined, nothing actually beats coming together in person to develop relationships, solve problems and agree objectives for the coming months. Many remote companies fly all employees to a central location a few times a year, to get together, bond as a team and to create an incredible culture. This is one of the best perks a remote company can offer, and is why thousands of people apply for each vacancy.
Now I think it’s only fair that if we’re talking about the benefits of remote work, then we should be clear about some of the downsides too. Remote work isn’t for everyone, as it requires a high level of self discipline, it can be challenging to unplug from work and a lot of people experience feelings of isolation and loneliness. But many remote workers combat these challenges by swapping their commute for a walk at the start and end of each day, by becoming a regular at local coffee shops to maintain regular relationships and also by focusing on physical and mental health.
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