The future of work will not be in the brick and mortar office. The ritual of 9:00 AM-5:00 PM work hour will no longer be relevant in the future of work.
Personally, I have long-time adopted both the remote and office hours routine of work but in this piece, I share my experience working remotely.
I DON’T LIKE THE OFFICE THING
We have a fairly nice office setup with at least cool stuff. But I don’t just like going there. I discovered immediately I wake up and there is the power supply, I will just put on my PC, my work for the day has started.
Even those times I’m really supposed to be in the office maybe for a physical meeting or a training class for the team or our coding students, I find myself getting to the office late.
This has also affected some of our team as they also want to work from home. They will say, please what is the tasks for tomorrow so we can do them at home. That has always been fine for me.
THE REMOTE TEAM ARE NOT GETTING IT
Since we run an IT service delivery company and media services, we have both teams that work in the office and the remote ones. One of the challenges we have been having is that the remote team is not getting it that that is the best mode they can work.
The riddle is that the office guys want to go remote but those at remote are not just getting it. The remote will always complain of one thing or the other. Things like no power supply, no internet coverage or data, etc.
This has drastically reduced their productivity and we are thinking of bringing them to office hours. But hey, is that actually the solution?
NO SYNERGY BETWEEN TEAM
One of the many problems between the remote team is lack of synergy. The remote team is not getting used to the remote tools and accurate means of communication.
Tools like Slack, Whatsapps, Emails, Skype etc that are supposed to make remote work simple are scarce in their toolset. Hence, the reduced synergy to collaborate, communicate and come out with quality results.
If it has been an office routine, there will be help from fellow team members and things can be done quickly.
SAVE LOT OF TIME AND RESOURCES
Whenever I work from home, I get more results, save lots of time and resources.
Many times when I work from, I only take my bath and eat and then get to work. No need to jump traffic, take OCar, etc. I save a lot of time and get things done quickly.
ATTENDS TO PHYSICAL MEETINGS EVEN AT HOME
I have a home setup that looks like an office. So, I always refer to my home as our second office. So, if it is a must I have a meeting and going to the office is out of the day, I politely tell the person to come to our second office.
Seriously, I always have it interesting having a meeting at the home office. I may end up cooking for my guest and my guest my end up want to take a shower, smile.
THE FUTURE OF WORK IS REMOTE
In recent times, companies are adopting the remote style of work because it is cheaper and if managed effectively, productivity can be higher than going to the office.
Also, platforms like Fiverr, Freelancer, UpWork etc have really made remote work simple and widespread. On these platforms, you can work with companies you have never been to before. You can work with people you can or may never meet physically.
The number of remote workers is on the increase every day as companies are outsourcing many of their works online.
IT IS NOT YET POPULAR IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD
In a place like Nigeria, the police and other security agencies harass youths working from home or carrying laptops all around.
They don’t know someone can be at home working with big companies both at home and abroad. If you tell them you are working for a company, it will be strange to them. This has really made remote work not as effective as it should be in Africa.
Also, African parents count it as laziness sitting on the laptop early in the morning. They ask you, your mates are outside there looking for works and you are here sitting down pressing laptop.
If you try to educate them that you are working for someone at home, it becomes a myth they can’t understand.
So, as these are some of my experiences working remotely, it is also some of the advantages, disadvantages of the future of work.
There is no doubt about it that all work will be remote one day but Africans are not getting it yet as they are not getting other future technologies.
We need to change our mindset and embrace the future.