Remote Work: A guide for a trend that is likely to stay

Remote Work: A guide for a trend that is likely to stay

Remote work isn’t just a temporary trend, it highlights the need for businesses to adapt in today’s fast-paced world.

It has been estimated that by 2025, 70% of the workforce will work remotely at least five days a month.

The Covid-19 has accelerated remote work with the emergence of collaboration tools (such as Zoom and Slack), but moving from working in an office to working from home isn’t just about finding new tools. It’s also about shifting processes so you can keep getting work done.

In this article, we will see what being “fully remote” means, how you can work 100% remotely, and why remote working is here to stay!

Today’s companies have the opportunity to build the future we want to work in.

This is the future of work with a calm, balanced, and more fulfilling way to work and live. This is a future with remote work.

Still, there are many ways to conceive remote work. We can take hybrid approach with 2 days at home and 3 days on site, or solely work from home.

Some companies maintain a team of remote workers, while others focus on a mix of office workers and remote workers.

I’ll explain why we chose this way of working and what the benefits are. But first, Let’s start with the basics 👇

What is remote work ?🏝️

Being fully remote refers to the process of working 100% from a place (home or from anywhere else) and communicating with your company remotely via email, video calls, and other communication platforms.

This way of working is still not very common in Europe, at least for now.

So, you may ask, what are the benefits of working remotely?

What are the benefits in setting up a fully remote org? 🚀

Technological innovation has made remote work possible, but that doesn’t explain why it’s attractive to employers across the globe. Remote work is more than just a future goal. Companies and individuals are already taking advantage of the opportunities.

Here’s why :

🌎 Attract talents everywhere

22% of employees leave jobs as a result of work-life balance issues, so it has a huge impact on your ability to attract and retain talents. Having flexible working hours and a remote working policy can greatly improve your employees’ well being.

Another Glassdoor study reported a 360% increase in the number of searches for remote positions during that time frame between 2019 and 2021.

For employers, this option presents a lot of advantages: The pool of talents is also larger, and offers much more diverse profiles.

You can open up your recruiting boundaries and work on building a multi-cultural environment while maintaining fully remote work culture.

This is a new paradigm where employers must provide flexible work options to attract top talent and also acknowledge how and when employees work best.

A better work-balance 🧑‍💼

Remote working enables, if it’s done well, to better manage the balance between private and professional life.

In 2021, 70 percent of those who worked from home during the pandemic report virtual meetings are less stressful according to a report by Owl Labs

The stress of public transportation, or being stuck in rush hour traffic, does not exist.

If you live with your family, remote working has many advantages : whether it is to drop your child off at school, to go to the dentist, to take driving lessons or language courses in the evening, or to travel (digital nomad). You will have time to devote to your personal projects in the meantime.

Flexibility ✔️

The biggest advantage of being fully remote compared to working in the office is flexibility. You can arrange your workspace as you want: quietly or with some music, indoors or outdoors, to inspire productivity and create a sense of well-being.

In terms of our daily schedules, apart from internal meetings or customers meetings, at quidli, we all have flexible working hours as long as our work is done.

Finally, flexibility also concerns freelancers in their job search: you can search for companies that are hundreds/thousands of kilometers away from you and shape your career without borders.

Transparency & Communication 💬

One important thing to point out is that the success of a fully remote org depends (based on our experience) on 2 things: transparency and communication.

It is impossible for management to constantly monitor who does what. The level of autonomy for the employee is extremely high, so you need to have confidence in your team. Communication is also essential. Your colleagues must be able to follow your progress on a regular basis and the information must be well shared.

Notion, Slack, Trello, Apollo, PipeDrive, Airtable, Google Drive, Calendly,… are, for example

Here is a more complete list:

A fully remote work culture can sometimes produce feelings of loneliness so it is important to meet with colleagues either online or in person over a cup of coffee, through meetings, and participating in team building activities.

Conclusion :

Remote work is no longer an alternative. For many companies, it’s the first choice.

It is likely that the future of work will be remote. What else will also become part of our future fully-remote work culture ? the answer is crypto

Why ?

Collaboration tools enable the sharing of information, crypto-currencies will play a big role in sharing value between people. Crypto’s key characteristics are decentralized, natively no borders, and flexibility (instantaneous payment).

We are witnessing the emergence of more and more decentralized and community-based crypto projects. These new web3 organization modes take the lead over traditional work organization and collaboration modes.

By enabling the sharing of blue chip tokens like Bitcoin and Ether between people directly on web2 work apps like Slack and Discord, we believe it helps motivate and boost remote teams, it helps improve the productivity rare of remote teams and is a first step towards web3.

I will continue, in the future, to support this vision by producing more content related to remote work and crypto.

That’s it ! Thanks for your time :-)