Not-so-obvious reasons that will make you seriously reconsider a remote job

Companies working in the no-office model tend to hide some secrets up their sleeve that you might not discover before onboarding. We thought you should know - it actually can influence your decision.

Remote work is a topic that has stayed hot for the past few years now. You probably heard a lot of tempting words about how being a digital nomad is a lifestyle you desire. But is it for you? We’re not going to sugarcoat it, it’s not a job for everyone. If you like your fixed schedule and cozy office with free coffee and table tennis - you can stop reading now. If you lack the drive and self-discipline to get things done and deliver, again - I am not going to convince you that you can avoid it. Nothing is black and white and being a mobile professional is no different. But if none of the above seems like an obstacle to you - you’re up for a treat.

We’re not going to sugarcoat it, it’s not a job for everyone.

Working remotely has a few secret benefits you might not notice at first glance. So if you haven’t made up your mind yet, allow me to give you four reasons that will make you start browsing through these offers once you’re done reading.

1. Relationships with colleagues

It’s easy to assume that once you start working remotely you won’t stay in touch with your co-workers that much. Most of the conversations are short chats and status updates usually taking place on Slack (or other tools working in similar fashion), and most of the communication where you actually speak with people goes through VoIP services. I’ll get to the live meetings in a bit.

Just because it’s a status meeting via Skype, it doesn’t mean it has to be all work and no play!

The thing is, just because it’s a status meeting via Skype, it doesn’t mean it has to be all work and no play. Quite the opposite - I recently spoke to a friend working at SoftwareMill - a software house functioning without a physical office. It turns out their daily scrum looks a bit different than usual: after skipping the questions regarding the first two updates, they focus greatly on overcoming the obstacles. This frequently leads to exchanging more opinions on given topics as well as discussing different approaches to problems. As a by-product most of employees get to know each other significantly better and the conversation continues later in private. Since managing a remote team requires a bit more control over the progress of the project, it naturally sparks more discussions that you may not even think to begin in the office. And even though it might need more time to start working - you can actually form more meaningful relationships than if you were with these people in the same building! All that without any effort involved in picking a good outfit - network like a champ, wearing pyjamas.

It doesn’t end there - where do the water cooler discussions move when you don’t have one to gather around? You guessed it - to Slack. And the biggest difference is that the log stays - therefore, not only can you continue the conversation and build a stronger relationship with your coworkers at the same time but you can also get back to the useful information anytime you need. If the HR is doing their job well, you will be surprised how well-suited birthday gift you might receive! Sorry for spoiling the surprise by the way.

2. Travel

Ok, this seems obvious at first glance. But hear me out - I don’t only mean picking a beach in Bali or a coffeeshop in Bangkok as your office. You’ve seen enough of Instagram pictures to know how it works. But there are a few aspects you might need to consider - firstly, not everyone taking a path of a mobile professional wants to become a digital nomad, which is perfectly fine. Some people prefer a cozy home office. But the other thing is, that you might end up traveling to places you weren’t expecting to visit in first place.

Most no-office companies gather their employees for a few days long workshop every once in a while. Since everyone is working from a different location, there’s a rather wide range of possibilities - depending on a place your employer picks for the update meeting or a company retreat. And not every employer takes you surfing to Santa Cruz, right? However, if you work remotely, they just might! The core idea of remote companies is your schedule being extremely flexible - you’d be surprised where you’ll travel for work, and it frequently includes your own country. That goes the same way with training and conferences worth attending. And since we’re there...

3. The budget

What’s every organization’s greatest asset? That’s right, the people. Google has started this trend - the easiest way to keep the employees happy is a cool office. Even though in many cases this approach works, it’s still a huge investment. So what do you do when you don’t have an office? You invest in people even more.

When you don’t have an office, it’s much easier to put together a budget for better equipment. So if you need this new 15” MacBook Pro with highest specs, it might even be easier to get one when most of the employees work remotely and office-like costs are cut.

Things are even better when it comes to education. I’ll assume you’ve been in this situation at least once - there was a bootcamp/workshop on interesting topic you wanted to attend, yet you couldn’t. The deadlines had to be met so you had to stay in the office, there was limited budget for training, your employer was skeptical about having you be away for so long. If you pick remote work, this problem barely exists. In fact, plenty of no-office companies are very eager to send their employees to workshops and events. In the end deadlines have to be met and it’s up to everyone to deliver on time - whether it’s during the coffee break, on tech conference, or the following weekend. You make your own schedule.

4. In a way it is for everyone

There’s a common misconception about how remote workers' lifestyle looks like: they choose to work without office so they can spend more time traveling on their own. The reality is that big number of mobile professionals choose to work in this model to participate more in the family life. Turns out many entrepreneurs who started their remote businesses are parents who decided to run their business this way in order to spend more time with their loved ones. And if they could do it running the whole company, you certainly can do it as well, am I right?

Make sure to watch out for all the snacks in the fridge once you’re alone. After all this lifestyle comes with a particular kind of danger.

If you don’t have a family, no worries - you can still go surfing in the morning and get the job done before you go to sleep - you make your own schedule, we heard that bit plenty of times. But if you work from your own house - make sure to watch out for all the snacks in the fridge once you’re alone. After all this lifestyle comes with a particular kind of danger.

Krzysztof Nowak

Surrounded by cutting-edge tech companies in one of Poland’s biggest startup hubs, Krzysztof writes about how technology influences our lifestyle and work.

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