In a stream of Random Thoughts ..

Musings and rummaging …

On remote work

Personally, I am thinking and hoping that one of the good things introduced by the Covid pandemic is the acceptance of remote work. In Denmark, remote work or working from home has in many place either not been allowed, or something you had to clear each time with your boss/manager.

There has been quite a lot of articles describing how the productivity has not dropped when workers started working from their homes instead for coming into the office.

Personally, I can see a lot of benefits not having to come into an office every day. The top ones are certainly:

  1. Less or no commute. Means more time in a day to fit in work, family, fitness etc

  2. The ability to work from every where. Working from a vaction home, hotel etc. Is now possible

  3. Planning own work day so that it suits one self and family

Obviously, remote working is not for everyone, and for every type of jobs.

I have stumbled upon this article on why managers (could) dislike remote work. I find this quote from the article might be the crux of it:

"Remote work lays bare many brutal inefficiencies and problems that executives don’t want to deal with because they reflect poorly on leaders and those they’ve hired. Remote work empowers those who produce and disempowers those who have succeeded by being excellent diplomats and poor workers, along with those who have succeeded by always finding someone to blame for their failures. It removes the ability to seem productive (by sitting at your desk looking stressed or always being on the phone), and also, crucially, may reveal how many bosses and managers simply don’t contribute to the bottom line."

I don't know, but I am thinking that having the flexibilty to work mostly from home with a few days in the office would be my prefered way of working. Or perhaps just working full-time remotely, then adding a few days in a colocation space or coffee shop might be a good fit for me.