Who is remote working for?
Remote work, especially in it, is not unique. According to the StackOverflow report, for example, 29.5% of polish programmers work in this way. But is remote work for everyone?
In my professional career, I have dealt with remote work many times. I’ve often analyzed its pros and cons. The last time I did this was in 2011, when, as a serious hacker, i implemented remote work in a large organization. As usual, I then wrote on the card the advantages and disadvantages of working remotely for both the employer and the employee. Of course, it was a very subjective list.
Today I once again ask myself the question, but this time from the employee: for whom, in fact, is this remote work?
Already in the introduction I cited data from the StackOverflow report on the work of polish programmers in remote form. Statistics on other nationalities are quite similar. It is worth noting that these are most often people between 25 and 29 years of age. These data confirm my own observations: remote work is definitely for programmers. It is the professional group that receives the greatest profits and benefits from this form of cooperation.
In the case of programmers, we are dealing with easily met indicators and limits that the employer is able to easily accept when it comes to remote work. Often, KPIs are defined as the values of lines of code that are sent in a specific time period, for example, daily, weekly, monthly, etc. Of course, in this case, everything depends on the degree of trust. When both sides do not take each other seriously, nothing good will come from a remote form of work.
Unfortunately, even a programmer working remotely has to prepare for certain inconveniences in the form of mandatory attendance at design meetings, steering committees and other miracles. Still, it’s worth it. From my extensive experience, I can confirm that most people who used remote work in it were satisfied. Employers-too. I write ‘most’ because there have also been workers who, after a month of working at home, have come and said: ‘I’m coming back!”. Why? However, joint lunches, morning chats at the coffee machine, group pizza from the microwave or tea-time were too important for them to give up and were an integral part of their work culture. This must not be condemned. Everyone has their own style of being. Everyone charges their batteries differently, which propels them into action.
Dad, and Marcin said…
This may seem a little strange, but for moms and dads with small children, I strongly advise against remote work. It is widely believed that this is the ideal form of performing official duties for newly baked parents. Now I’m sure that such nonsense dissolves people who have never had children. I wonder what they base their reasoning on? I say no, definitely not. If some people think that they can cope with being a parent while working remotely from the couch in the living room, they are very wrong.
Today, to my list, called experience, I can already add the fact of being a parent, and from the autopsy I repeat once again: this way will not work! That is, it could be checked if the child showed typical characteristics of a person in rehab or an individual after many, many “deeper”: apathy, lack of vital activity of the heart, rejection of contact with the environment, physical absence. Fortunately, in most cases this is not the case. I can promise that already ten minutes after it seemed to us that we had made a deal with our child, that now we will work and ask to respect this and not disturb us for 30 minutes, we will hear first quietly spoken, and finally uttered words: “dad, and Marcin said…! Well and a meatloaf, the whole charm of remote work prysl!
Of course, in this case, if we treat our remote work as, say, an incidental escape on a paid day off, everything will be fine. We mute the phone, only answer it occasionally, and pretend we’re working. But I don’t think that was the point. As an employer, I would not like to organize work in this way, both because of costs and purely human issues-no one likes to be cheated. Let’s face it, raising a child is a very difficult and extremely demanding task. Combining this with a job that requires focus, commitment, patience, calm, time and dedication is simply impossible.
Silent mouse and introvert while working remotely
I do not recommend remote work to such people, although I would not rule out such a solution in every case. In my opinion, however, both the so-called silent mouse and the introvert are people who, instead of agreeing to escape to remote work, should rather receive the support of the company, the supervisor and colleagues, so that they can cope with their “spirits” and complexes. These people show the characteristics of withdrawal and escape from people. A quiet mouse and an introvert often think that remote performance of official duties will allow them to work in a pleasant atmosphere, in the comfort of home, without stepping out of slippers and without taking off their pajamas. However, it turns out that every day the gap between healthy coming to work and unhealthy staying at home is getting bigger. Until the first job cuts may be able to hold the position, but then what? Over time, these people become so alienated that they lack constructive arguments to win even a raise or other benefits that they care about. And it also happens that remote work is so addictive introvert and he is so good that even if he gathered the strength and arguments to finally ask for a raise, he still does not remember what his boss looks like, because, in the so-called meantime, the superior managed to change four times.
Peas, that is, a few words about saving
For such a person, remote work can be a good way to keep most of the salary in your pocket. Working in a fashionable office square of the capital, or in the central part of the city, as part of the cost of salary, should include: transportation (fuel), parking, tickets, and even towing the car. Believe me, it can happen to anyone. Just a little carelessness or lack of time to find a place to stop, when after a 1.5-hour struggle to get to the famous “Mordor” on Domaniewska street in Warsaw, we park in despair, where it will fall.
I must add that in the framework of an agreement for the provision of remote work, often a real penny-pincher is able to negotiate not only a lump sum for the costs of the internet, electricity, water and non-alcoholic beverages, but also toilet paper, sugar, heating, garbage collection and other strange items. In addition, it is known that a lunch prepared by hand in the prodizu from my grandmother costs less than a set in mcdonnald’s, by the way, no one pulls for coffee to a network cafe, where for a small espresso you have to pay 12 rubles, and there is less temptation to the cinema, the theater, because it is often difficult for colleagues to refuse, and an employer-sponsored internet torrent sucks data.
The jar spins around working at a distance
In the case of commuters, visitors or recently popular jars, a good solution may be partial remote work, for example, one day a week. After you get the job done on Friday, you can get a little more paternity time. On the other hand, Sunday will be devoted to pleasant activities, that is, either to “sklin” with friends after Saturday, or to sit longer with the family, because you can get together on Monday afternoon, avoiding nightmarish traffic jams, and at the same time doing work at a distance until noon.
Remote work agreement
Finally, some practical advice. As an employee, first of all, let us make sure that remote work is a benefit for us, and not a nuisance, that is, let us discuss important areas and regulations with the employer before starting to perform duties at a distance, so that later there are no misunderstandings. It is true that many people work remotely and do not have any formal requests or agreements, but my advice is to complete everything from a legal point of view within the meaning of Article 675 § 1 of the labour code. This means that it is worth signing a formal agreement, which should pay attention to:
- period for which the agreement is concluded;
- number of days per week we work remotely;
- the possibility of flexible approach to the above point, that is, in one week we perform remote work for example one day longer, and in the next-vice versa, etc.;
- the ability to use remote work “on demand” when necessary;
- additional extra payments to the salary, for example, reimbursement of electricity, water, internet, etc.;
- KPIs, indicators and the period of delivery of the results of our work, on the basis of which we will be accounted for;
- system for recording / recording working hours and reporting absences;
- the obligation to attend meetings organized by the superior.
A good summary would be to say that everything is for people. For some, remote work will prove to be a fantastic way of providing work and securing additional benefits, for others it can be one of the elements of work-life balance, and someone else in a pajama form of cooperation will prove to be a master of generating source code. Therefore, it is very difficult to state unequivocally and categorically that this type of performance of duties is not really appropriate for a person. You can only suspect, have doubts, raise objections, so really, let’s work remotely. Over!