A lot of companies – prepared or not – has experienced first hand what it means to ‘working from home’ – WFH.
Thanks to COVID19.
In Nigeria, companies like Paystack have been experimenting with WTH where the staffs are given 2 days each week not to work from the office (source). With an early experiment like this, it wouldn’t be surprising if they switch most of their staff to remote. For Paystack, this is being proactive instead of reactive – it means they already fashioned this into their hiring programme.
“Remote work is the future of work.” — Alexis Ohanian, Reddit
Even though the COVID19 pandemic forced most companies that want to survive into remote option; that was the only option available anyway. If they don’t, they die.
For this category, they were not prepared for WFH – they never experimented the remote option. For them the cost was too high and how they arrived at this conclusion could have only been emotional and not data backed.
Like your boss/supervisor/manager equating clocking in your time to mean being productive. Or activity and not result is a better measure of ones effectiveness.
So, your manager sees you in the morning and nods his head like – that guy is the most productive.
Now, they’re being forced into a lifestyle they weren’t prepared for. They have to work in a way that questioned what they’ve always believed to be true – resume work at 8am and leave the office at 5pm.
Flash: the way we work is changing and companies that don’t prepare their team for the new way of working would not only be missing out from hiring the right candidate – they’ll also be asking the same old famous question: “who moved my cheese?” [Who Moved My Cheese is a 1998 Classic Book – See Summary]
“Do you want to access talent everywhere, or just in specific markets? If the answer is everywhere, you need to be at least open to the possibility of remote work — it opens doors to attracting and retaining talent around the world, literally and figuratively.” — Katie Burke, HubSpot
The wasted unproductive time in traffic can’t be measured – it’s like 4 hours per day.
You can argue that there are jobs that can only be done from the office. While I agree with you, most tech jobs can be automated and the team does not have to be together physically to be productive. Companies just have to get their hiring right and set the right rules from the outset.
Don’t get the remote concept wrong – it is not meant to take away people from the work place. It is meant to make productivity easy by reducing commuting hours. And also, it helps to cut cost and save money for the company because most recurrent expenses happen to people at the office.
“You can never over-communicate enough as a leader at a company, but at a remote company, nothing could be truer. Because you don’t physically see people in-person, information doesn’t spread in the same way, so leaders need to do the heavy lifting for evangelizing the message.” — Claire Lew, Know Your Team
The only problem with WFH is the lack of preparedness on both the employee and employer – remote happened on them.
What if the future of work is here? Definitely, Remote is here.
Google, Facebook, Amazon and some others – Dropbox included – told their staff whose work does not have to be done out-of-the-office to WFH – work-from-home. For Facebook, it asked its staff to work remote for the remaining part of this year.
Working from home (WFH) is now – not the future – and more companies are hiring tech talents from software developers to product managers role and data science.
Take a moment to think about Automattic, Gitlab and Hubstaff that all their teams work remote and that’s because these companies were set up to work from home. It is a proactive measure and not an emotional one.
Are you prepared for this new wave called ‘remote work’?
In Nigeria, the economy is slowly opening up activities and as such; most companies are open for business while others are getting ready to open.
The fact is for companies whose staff worked from home throughout the lock down and somehow didn’t miss being at the office or realized a lot of money could be saved that were used for the running the day-to-day activities – would start putting in their official document how to migrate more of their staff to remote.
But, you as an employee have to be ready. Like what we said in this post, there’re more people in the tech job market than it used to be some years back. These people got sacked and most of them have the requisite to nab any job that calls for their skills. Do you?
This post about the effective way to work from home and this post that mentioned the necessary tools that can help you be more productive.
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