Why Remote Work Is the Future in IT | Guest Post by Anastasia Stefanuk
A couple of years ago, it would have been chaotic, if not insanity trying, to work with a remote team.
However, with the emergence of innovative technologies like AI technology, automation, telecommuting, and virtual collaboration have become easier and effective more than ever.
This is especially the case in the sector which has been ranked as one of the biggest contributors to remote job opportunities.
This compounded by many among other things like workplace expectations and demand for highly specialized IT professionals has led organizations to reconsider most of their previously held traditional hiring policies.
Whether you are looking to hire a full-stack developer or any other Tech professional, chances are that you may be forced to consider all these factors for your positions to attract potential workers.
In this article, we are going to look at the future prospects of remote work and why it has been dubbed as the future of remote work.
What is Remote Work?
This is a working arrangement that gives the employee the freedom to work from any location outside the traditional brick and mortar office.
According to a 2018 report by Flexjobs, it's estimated that 53% of tech employees globally work remotely for at least 3 days. The future is even brighter with the same report showing that 75% of techies in the U.S. will be working remotely by 2020.
As to why tech professionals prefer remote IT jobs, the reasons are varied. 28% of the respondents indicated productivity is the main motivation behind choosing remote work, while 7% say it saves them money.
Reduced commute time and healthy work/life balance come in with 16% and 14% respectively.
How is Remote Work Changing the IT Sector?
Greater Work/Life Balance
Remote work not only gives the employees the freedom to work from anywhere. It also significantly reduces the commute time and all the costs associated with traveling to and from the workplace.
Remote workers will also appreciate the fact that they can work near their families without mourning about how unlucky their spouses or kids are to not see them whenever they wish.
With the increased flexibility, workers are motivated to work even harder to match or surpass their peers working in a fixed location.
Lowers Cost For The Company
Another reason why remote tech jobs are increasingly becoming popular is that they help lower fixed costs. For instance, if a company is looking to hire a remote developer, the average fixed cost is much lower compared to having them in-house. With such an employee the salary and equipment to run a traditional office aren't a priority meaning the company gets to save.
Moreover, companies working with remote teams get a rare opportunity to hire top talent from different regions, cities, and countries.
One of the reasons why employees are adamant and rightly so to adopt a remote working arrangement is because they fear a drop in productivity. After all, there are all manners of distraction from TV, household chores, sleep, and even extended lunch breaks.
However, as a business owner, if you know how to manage a remote team, it turns out that this arrangement increases productivity.
An employee who doesn't have to commute early in the morning or late in the evening means they have extra hours to work. Additionally, bad weather doesn't interfere in their work schedule as long as they have their communication tools intact.
The lack of commute also means that the employee gets to maintain a healthier lifestyle---better sleep and exercise---all which results in less sick days.
All these factors put together helps increase productivity both at a personal and organizational level.
Challenges of Remote Work in the IT Sector
Although remote work popularity is at the peak point, it also comes with a number of challenges. The following are some of the common challenges that ring true in a remote work arrangement.
Top on the list is the loneliness and disconnection experienced by remote workers. Unless a person is working from a shared space, remote workers tend to feel isolated which can be counterproductive in the long run.
Another common mistake is poor communication. For instance, remote software developer jobs call for efficient communication if anything is to be accomplished. Any communication overlap in the process could mean wasted time and missed deadlines.
To avoid all these problems, it's important to provide the right training for the employees, put in place performance metrics, and streamline all the processes for the workers to efficiently work from home.
And going with the different available virtual communication and collaboration tools, offshore software development shouldn't be a problem.
Is Remote Work the Future?
Despite the persistent pessimism from naysayers on jobs lost to outsourcing statistics, the tech workforce will continue seeing growth.
With the growth of mobile e-commerce, the emergence of progressive virtual tools, and relaxed employment regulations, offshore tech jobs like custom software development and mobile app development will become the preferred form of working arrangement.
As an employer, keeping tabs with key technology trends like best management and collaboration tool will make your transition much easier.
As for IT professionals, continuous personal development in terms of acquiring new skills will ensure that they remain relevant.
Anastasia Stefanuk is a dedicated marketing manager at Mobilunity.
Proven contributing author at a number of reputable resources across different industries and niches.
She has written powerful content to approach the most challenging issues and questions within the IT industry.
She can do quite a research, provide data, visualize main facts and keep it simple and engaging for a reader