Remote Working: The Way of the Future

remote working futureIn 2013, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer decided to no longer allow Yahoo! employees to work remotely. The company was sent this message:

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When news broke out of this, many people–including employees–took to the Internet to share their two cents about this decision. One of these opinion-sharers was Jason Fried, Co-Founder of 37 Signals. Web magazine Inc. published an article he wrote called Hey, Marissa Mayer, You’ve Got it Wrong: Telecommuting Isn’t A Bad Thing. It’s The Future, and in my opinion, this was one of the best supported arguments for remote working.

Personally, what really hit the nail on the head was this: Work doesn’t happen at work. When asked, people rarely say they work best in the office. Why are we forcing people to work in conditions they don’t feel are best for their productivity? How often do you hear of an ingenious idea that was conceived in an office? Creativity and inspiration comes from the world around us, not from sitting in a cubicle all day.

Working during office hours isn’t always what’s best for everyone, either. Think about your day. When are you most awake and productive? For some, it’s early in the morning. For others, it’s at 10 PM. Neither of these is between 9-5. Corporate life is restricting us to one location and a strict set time of day and expecting amazing solutions. Creativity and innovation are not aspects of life that can be scheduled, though. These ideas will come when they are triggered, regardless of date or time.

Technology is the way of the future because it gives us the ability to work when is best for us and in an environment that best suits our needs. Trying to retract our ability to do so is therefore slowing and possibly halting the flow of ideas and innovative solutions that all companies are wanting. To create the most positive work environment and happiest employees, there has to be some compromise when it comes to the ability to work on- or off-site providing the position lends itself to this.

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