Remote Working: Benefits & Drawbacks

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This month on Social Media Socials 2020 all the speakers work remotely, so it was only natural for the conversation to turn to remote working.

I’m a big fan of remote working, from both an employer and employee perspective. With that said, having done both since the late nineties, I know first hand it’s not for everyone.

There are many benefits and drawbacks of remote working, and thought I’d share the top ones below to help those embarking upon it for the first time, kicking and screaming because of the Coronavirus.

EMPLOYEES BENEFIT

  • Save time and money because they don’t have to commute
  • Can be there for their families when they are sick

DRAWBACKS

  • Productivity if self-discipline is a problem
  • Physical fitness
  • Isolation can cause depression

EMPLOYERS BENEFIT

  • Save money on space
  • Save money wages
  • Reduce costs related to employee churn
  • Gain recruiting asset
  • Less productivity due to weather conditions

DRAWBACKS

  • Communication
  • Productivity
  • Software

REMOTE WORKING TIPS & TRICKS

  • High speed internet is key
  • Hardwiring to your internet feed is way better than wifi
  • Dress for success. You will be judged by your appearance.
  • Leverage Software that facilitates communication, helps teams communicate, collaborate across remote distances, enables and encourages the sharing of documents, images and other assets across teams, like Slack.

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