The remote work community is a dynamic one. Because of our strong relationship with technology, most of our information and communities surrounding location-independent work is cultivated online. Our necessity to work online makes it more likely for us to hear about the remote work experiences of others. This scenario for the typical remote worker is excellent. It not only facilitates the opportunity for remote workers to hear about the experiences of others, but it also allows them to talk with those who can relate to their experiences. Unfortunately, there is only so far personal anecdotes and opinions will go when it comes to educating others about the challenges surrounding remote work.
It is vital that we have empirical evidence for why remote work…works and what can be done to make it even better. This concept brings us to the new RemotePanda Global Trends Related to Remote Work Survey. RemotePanda met with over 250 CXOs across 16 cities to discuss current bright spots and challenging areas in remote work. If you are wondering whether to step into remote work and how to best land a remote work position take a look at some of their most striking key findings below:
CXOs Choose Cost and Flexibility as Main Motivators to Work From Home
The number one benefit of remote work for those who were surveyed was the cost at 37 percent. Flexibility almost tied at 33 percent. These results are significant in that most remote workers I have spoken with (including myself) would undoubtedly site flexibility as the number one reason for working remote. While this is still close to the top, cost wins out. It is sometimes easy to forget how much money remote workers save when they choose to work at home. From work clothes to gas and eating out, the cost savings can be a significant incentive to land a remote work job. Speaking of remote work jobs…
How are Individuals Getting Remote Work Jobs?
This data is one of the most interesting findings in the report. As remote work rises in popularity, many are wondering how to break through and find location-independent jobs in their industry. According to the survey, 39 percent of CXOs find their remote team members through referrals. The second hiring mediums were through freelance websites at 27 percent, and third was LinkedIn at 15 percent. This stat exemplifies why networking (on and offline) is so crucial. If you are looking for a remote work job, tell everyone you know. You never know who knows a hiring manager for a remote work team. I also want to put the spotlight on LinkedIn. I have personally gained clients and job opportunities just through this platform alone. So, make sure you keep your LinkedIn profile active.
Challenges When Working Remotely
This entry can definitely relate to the previous data. If you can understand the difficulties remote work teams face, know that any remote work team you work with is likely facing these issues. Knowing this helps you to prepare by having some plans in place to address these problems. This makes you more knowledgeable and competitive which is essential to landing a remote work job. The survey cited communication, time zone differences, and collaboration as the top three inherent difficulties for remote teams. What is interesting about this data point is how high communication is when compared to the other two results. Communication is at 36 percent while time zone differences and collaboration are 16 percent respectively. If you can understand these problems, and have ideas for solutions —regardless of your functional area—then this will put you ahead of those who are also looking for remote work opportunities.
To move forward with innovating upon the strides of remote work, we must understand where it is going. To do this effectively, we have to acknowledge the challenges of working remotely. Understanding these drawbacks makes it easier for us to fix them and create avenues to push remote work to innovations we would not even imagine. Studies like the one done by RemotePanda are essential. Personal opinions and stories are necessary, but it is also crucial to have actual numerical data to act upon. RemotePanda’s survey even goes into detail regarding the solutions many of these companies are taking to solve these problems. Information like this can move our current remote work tactics forward and help companies with remote workers to become even more productive and efficient.