People that work remote are less productive than their peers in the office even though they will take every possible second to tell you how much better and more efficient it is.
"An average worker needs to work a mere 11 hours per week to produce as much as one working 40 hours per week in 1950. […] the average worker could have a 29-hour workweek if he were satisfied with producing as much as a 40-hour worker as recently as 1990." — Productivity and the Workweek by Erik Rauch If you can't be productive as a remote worker, then it isn't for you. The truth of the matter is that not all companies understand how to have a successful remote worker program. Most importantly, you need to have employees who have the maturity level that you can trust them to deliver while working remotely. When people act like adults getting paid to do a job, the work will get done. Or it won't. Working remotely isn't magic.
"... the work will get done. Or it won't. Working remotely isn't magic." That sums up my experience. The orgs I've seen successfully scale a remote team are the ones who know how to stick to a strategy, make decisions, and communicate effectively. Remote teams don't make any of those things more challenging. There are two common barriers to remote teams, IME: 1. Reactive and chaotic leadership. 2. Reliance on low cost team members. Both of those things create problems whether the team is remote or on site. If they are remote, the problems just become more obvious. The perfect scenario: The bulk of your team is remote but locally accessible. There is a collective workspace where teams can come together as needed / desired. The rest of the time, they can work in peace and make rapid progress. And the org can save a bundle on overhead because the space can be smaller, less formal, and generally use less resources.
In my experience I actually find the opposite...
Ridiculous generalisation. Some people are good at structuring their time and work well remotely. Others are terrible but work well when someone is managing them more closely. If you hire the latter for a remote team then it's not going to work.
It depends. This isn't something that can be generalized. Depends on an employee's time management ability as well as professional maturity. Also equally depends on how your company is set up and how your days are broken down.
You know what's not productive? Sitting in a one hour meeting with five other people and the only contribution you make is one sentence.
For mid-level to senior developers they are always more productive working remotely... the only case where someone could benefit more being in an office is if they need constant attention from another individual (e.g. senior mentoring a junior). Beyond that this generalization is so untrue.
🗣 HAW! 🗣 Group collaboration is slightly hindered, but there are ways to work around that if you want to.
I would say so, I started working from cafe / home 2 months ago and I will never go back to office (at least in my current job). There's just so much bullshit involved in everyday office life (games, food, chit chats etc). What's interesting, I started tracking my time on computer (wakatime + rescuetime) 2 months before I went fully remote (4 months ago), when I was in office I needed to work after-hours to merely complete current sprint, from cafe I'm doing 2 sprints worth of work a week and no, amount of bugs from users / qa has not increased, it even went down. It was not supposed to be a rant about working at office, whatever works for you, just remember there are many factors involved and you just can't judge all remote workers based on your experience :)
instant, real communication, and piping in when you hear cross-chatter where you can jump in and help is good, esp in a war-room situation on release nights.
At our company our most productive employees are the remote employees based on the activity monitoring system we use. If the remote employee has to seek out work to do on a daily basis, then they are at a disadvantage because the communication channels are typically not there to compensate for peer-to-peer interaction. If they have a project or a set and clearly defined goal for them to achieve then a person with the discipline to work remotely will out perform the office worker if for no other reason than their work environment is limited to a desk and a computer to distract them vs an entire organization.
Interesting, my personal experience and experience of my friends is the opposite. Working remotely is much more productive due to fewer distractions. Remote work is not for everyone imo, there are people that take advantage of it. But they probably don't end up working remotely for a long.
Despite all home distractions, I became more productive working remotely than inside an office, which has its own distractions. Plus, I was very less tired in the end of the day working from home than in the company's office, due to not need to move from home to work every day. With free extra time I could finish my work minutes after the workday's end or enjoy the way I wanted. Get up early, eat breakfast and still have to wait the workday to start.
Could not be more far from the truth. Maybe in your case. I'm explosive when I'm in my home office. You just need to ratchet up your focus.
I had to part ways with two clients this year because of their lack in communication. I'm a freelancer (8 years) and I keep my projects in order and those two were ruining everything. Keep in mind they payed me even for dead hours (usually waiting for feedback). So please don't generalize because you can't find reliable people.
This is really subjective, all the research I've read, (for the tech industry), is the opposite. I know there are folks that take advantage of it and abuse it but I think most people, (in tech), go the other way and over-work. In the past there were a couple projects I worked on with tight schedules and high priority: Opportunities to grow the business and hook enormous customers. I asked to work from home on those occasions to avoid 1 hour commute each way and to get away from the office distractions. I worked 12 to 16 hour days, I was hooked, motivated and scared shitless of failing. Got big wins those times. This was in the 90's, infrastructure for remote work was almost non-existent. I backed my work up on floppies, yes floppies. Remote access to source control wasn't really a thing, many companies, (most or all) wouldn't even consider it. I sent an email every evening to my boss telling him what I got done. (Keep in mind specs in those days were really loose, (non existent), and devs were the PM's, Designers and Dev team. Full Disclosure: I have Adult ADD, so the work place can be a real productivity killer for me, especially with all the open floor plans these days.
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