Remote Work


What Is Remote Work

Remote work is simply the idea of having the freedom to work from wherever you want, instead of being tied to a traditional office environment. It is based on the concept that, unless there is absolute need for physical interaction, work does not need to be done in a specific place to be well executed.

The Impacts of Remote Work

During the entire human history, we always associated work with location. Even when people lived as nomadic hunters, they were somehow restraint by natural or environmental factors. Today, work is very often synonymous with sitting in front of a computer, and people are mostly paid to do creative problem-solving and collaborate with others. Factory jobs and manual labor are increasingly automated with technology, with no signs of reversal.

That same technology allows people to quickly and cheaply connect online, communicating, learning and creating with others - most of the world has access to the basic infrastructure and tools to work from anywhere they want to. This major disruption on the way we understand and execute work have enormous implications for pretty much everything else: culture, wealth distribution, politics, society, environment.

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  • The History of Work (And Why Remote Work Changes Everything): Here we take a short look at the history of work and why remote working practices can be seen as a disruption, with global consequences that we can only start to imagine. 

  • The Global Impacts of Remote Work: Those who advocate for remote work are not only interested in promoting the benefits for companies and remote workers, but also in supporting the global shifts that therefore have macro and long-term implications. Here we list a few of them.

  • The Benefits of Remote Work for Businesses: If implemented and managed correctly, organisations can benefit even more than their remote employees. Here we list some of the main advantages of building remote teams (or converting existing positions to be virtual) for businesses and organisations.

The Advantages And Challenges of Remote Work

It is unanimous: both companies and at-home employees report a boost of productivity due to remote work. Getting rid of physical interaction is usually what comes to mind as the number one cause of it, although it is far from being the only one. There are a number of factors that impact productivity directly, and with these we witness new challenges that office workers do not have to deal with. 

Read more about remote work advantages and challenges:

  • Why Isn’t Remote Work More Popular?: For those who never worked or had contact with any remote company or professional, the usual impression is that it has become a trendy concept, but restricted to a niche of small and young tech firms Here we list some ideas that are worth looking at when we think about the popularity of remote work.

  • How Remote Work Boosts Productivity (And What Can Go Wrong): On this article we explore some of the most critical reasons why remote work translates into higher productivity, and the traps and challenges they usually come with them.

  • Working Remotely? You Still Need to Socialize: Despite the benefits from higher productivity and flexibility of remote work, many suffer side-effects: professionals elect loneliness as one of the biggest struggles to working remotely. Here we share some tips to fight the loneliness and isolation as a remote worker.

  • How to Identify and Avoid Burnouts While Working Remotely: The irony is that the flexibility to work where and when you want should support work-life balance, but often it does the exact opposite: remote workers work more hours than their office colleagues. When your home is your office, it's hard to separate your work and personal life.

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