Would You Be Able to Work Remotely? 3 Factors to Keep in Mind!
Finding a work culture that allows you to do it remotely or even turning your current position into a remote based job has many upsides to it. If you have gotten the chance to read “The 4 Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferris, you will know exactly what we’re talking about.
The era of staying stuck in a constant 9-to-5 cycle, five or six days a week is dying a slow death. Employers and employees alike are realizing that the work they are doing or can get done isn’t restricted to a single location. Smartphones, laptops and a whole range of devices which are constantly connected and the advent of high productive apps have allowed companies and employees to stay engaged throughout the day regardless of physical closeness.
With all that said, there are still some major factors needed to be taken into consideration to assess if you would be able to work remotely or not. It sounds all nice and dandy, but working remotely is a whole other ball game. It requires a lot of willpower and inner strength to pull off without completely destroying the trust of your employer.
Not everyone would be able to work remotely. If your position is one that requires constant human interaction, attending conferences, company representation or wouldn’t function without being in an office could mean it’s not your time to get remote just yet. The reason being is that remote workers don’t always have set rules, timings and processes. A lot of it has to be done in the spur of the moment and you have to force yourself at times to sit down and get the work done.
Do you have the willpower to do that?
Here are the top 3 factors to keep in mind about if you would be able to work remotely or not.
Does Your Position Allow it?
There is a simple way of determining this. Would you be able to get the same amount of work done, if not more, not being in the office setting you are in right now? If you are in sales, are they mostly done over the phone or are you just out of the office most of the time anyways? Is the office just more of a formality or is it a necessity for you?
You would be surprised at the answer if you really gave it some thought.
If you’re making a couple of rounds around town or just travelling here and there and coming back to the office to file reports, then that can be done from virtually anywhere. Same goes for if you’re just stuck in a cubicle all day and are wondering why am I not sitting at home and doing this instead? Working from home would save a lot of time and money for both such employers and employees.
How Willing is Your Employer?
Most professionals would jump at the idea of not having to come to work every day. But how willing is your employer? The number of freelancers and remote workers is growing in the United States and Canada, but is still quite stagnant in other parts of the world. Some European countries have been experimenting with shorter work hours, but going completely remote scares a lot of companies.
The idea of not having anyone in the office and work being completely dumped would be the top most fears of any manager. It’s not hard to blame them. When you have been working in an office setting for decades on end, you begin believing that not being there means zero productivity.
Start off by discussing with your boss. Bring up the idea in a personal sitting. See how they react to it. Are there any precedents of it happening to anyone else in your office before? Do a little research and even begin by proposing taking a couple of days off in a week instead of going 100% remote. It may just spark that ‘Sure, why not?’ from your employer.
Where Would You Be Happier?
Let’s admit it. Some of us would be a lot happier at home than be chained to a desk in an office. But that isn’t applicable to all of us. Depending on your personality and style of working, you may just like being in a corporate setting and around colleagues to get that creativity pumping.
Someone who likes getting into a routine, heading out of home and interacting with people on a daily basis would probably be more suitable to working in an office.
But, the questions that need to be asked are whether its having a positive effect on your life or not?
Employers are more concerned than ever before about a healthy work-life balance. This is why remote working is being encouraged at many organizations. Assess your situation thoroughly, because everyone has a different lifestyle and agenda to follow.
According to UpWork’s Future WorkForce Report, a majority of the United States workforce may consist of freelancers and remote workers in the next few years. Maybe now is a good time to start planning ahead and seeing what would suit you best.