With the rise and advancement of technology all throughout our society, there are more ways to work full time than ever before. Remote work and telecommuting opportunities have become particularly widespread and popular, and the majority of all companies, both large ones and small ones, offer remote work opportunities to some extent. In fact, more than sixty percent of all companies allow remote work full time or at least to some extent as an option to their employees.
There are many benefits to working remotely, and it is the ideal way to work for many different people from many different backgrounds. For example, working remotely allows you to work wherever you want and, in some cases, whenever it best fits your schedule depending on each day. There is no commute and the majority of remote workers and telecommuters found their work time to be productive as a whole. Working remotely has also caused a drop in unscheduled absences or days off of work from the majority of employees – a drop of as much as sixty three percent – as employees are more likely to be able to work through a number of situations when they can work from home. Take children, for one example. For parents, a sick child often means that they too must stay home from work (in homes that have two working parents) as most daycare centers, preschools, and schools will not allow a child to attend with even the slightest of fevers. And adults can work through illnesses themselves (minor ones, probably still not more major and debilitating ones like the flu) if they are allowed to continue work from home. Because they can often create their own schedule, they can still fit in plenty of time to rest and recuperate. Finally, remote work has led to significant financial savings for many employees, as are no longer spending money on long commutes and many are less tempted to go out for coffee or even for lunch.
However, to work remotely you must be able to sufficiently self motivate. Some people struggle to do this in their own homes (too close to the comforts of relaxation) and choose to work in co working spaces with other remote workers. Co working spaces have become more popular in recent years, the popularity of co working spaces coinciding with the popularity of remote work in the first place. These co working spaces will often have many of the benefits of a traditional office, such as meeting rooms, furnished office space, and co working spaces where productivity can combine with creativity and the co mingling of ideas amongst workers from different backgrounds and different fields. A co working space can be ideal for telecommuters and remote workers, as it gets them out of their homes and into what is often a more productive mindset but still allows them the essential freedoms they have come to expect from remote work and telecommuting positions. In fact, working in co working spaces is still primarily self directed – but it is more likely to be easier to tap into the necessary motivations to get the job done.
Remote work options have proved to be a wonderful opportunity for many people in a variety of many different industries. Remote work provides a lack of scheduling conflicts, an ability to set your own schedule, and the chance to avoid a commute and the costs associated with it all together. However, a remote work opportunity must be met with a great degree of motivation and self reliance, or it is unlikely to be successful in the end.