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PPLSKILL #3 Remote Working 💻

PPLSKILL #3 Remote Working 💻
By Vahid A.Nezhad • Issue #4 • View online
One of the most important impacts of COVID-19 has been in the workplace. Is it possible to work from home, or are we bound to our offices?

📖 THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR REMOTE WORK
REMOTE: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
REMOTE: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
In the first chapter of the book, Authors begin by attempting to sell remote working as a benefit by saying:
Why work doesn’t happen at work
Our most successful work has been done away from the office - office distractions and nosy environment mean that our most important work has been done independently, so working from home is advantageous to us.
Stop commuting your life away
Research indicates that commuters are at a greater risk for obesity, depression, insomnia, stress, neck and back pain, high blood pressure, and other stress-related ills. During rush hour, you spend thirty minutes driving to work and ten minutes getting to and from your car. That equals 1.5 hours a day, 7.5 hours a week, or around 300 to 400 hours per year.
It’s the technology, stupid
Why haven’t progressive companies practiced working remotely all along? It’s simple: they couldn’t. Technology wasn’t there. Over the last fifteen years, the Internet has spawned innovations such as screen sharing, coordinating task lists, instant messaging, and file sharing.
End of city monopoly
If we now have unlimited access to culture and entertainment from any location, why are we still willing to live bound by the original deal? Is that overpriced apartment, the motorized sardine box, and your cubicle really worth it still? Increasingly, we believe that for many people the answer will be no.
Talent isn’t bound by the hubs
Actually by following remote working culture we have wide access to talent outside of city.
But saving is always nice
Since 1995, IBM has reduced office space by a total of 78 million square feet. Of that, 58 million square feet was sold at a gain of $1.9B. And sublease income for leased space not needed exceeded $1B. In the U.S., continuing annual savings amounts to $100M, and at least that much in Europe. With 386,000 employees, 40 percent of whom telework, the ratio of office space to employee is now 8:1 with some facilities as high as 15:1.
📝 Article
Remote working: Is Big Tech going off work from home?
Remote working: Is Big Tech going off work from home?
James Clayton the author, look at how 5 big tech companies Google, Twitter, Amazon, Microsoft and Spotify handled remote working.
🍿 Video
Working from Home: How to Set Up Your Workspace
Working from Home: How to Set Up Your Workspace
Thomas Frank discusses how to create a great workspace so you can focus easier and detach easily after work.
🔬 Data
Owl Labs in collaboration with Global Workplace Analytics (GWA) surveyed 2,025 full-time workers in the United States between the ages 21 to 65 at companies with 10 or more employees. This survey data was collected in June-July of 2020.
  • In 2020 after COVID-19, 80% expect to work from home at least 3x/week
  • Only 20-25% of companies pay or share the cost of home office equipment, furniture, cable, chair
  • 1 in 2 people won’t return to jobs that don’t offer remote work.
  • 75% of people are the same or more productive during COVID-19 while working from home.
  • 1 in 5 people report working more during COVID-19.
🎙️ Podcast
Remote Work Life Podcast - RWL 103 - The One BIG skill You'll need to find your next remote role
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