Remote work is not a trend – it’s here to stay – Buffer. If you happen to think that oh, once COVID blows over we would return to life as we knew it, especially where the workplace is unconcerned, it’s highly unlikely – the pandemic happened and organizations realized that there’s more to life than daily trips to and fro the office. *Yay!*
Although way before the pandemic big companies like Appen, Microsoft, Lionbridge and others had already incorporated remote work as the new normal, it was still majorly a novel terminology to most employers in Nigeria.
If you live and work in Nigeria you should understand. Sans Covid, most Nigerian employers didn’t know where to find remote work in the dictionary. Their approach to work is “come to the office and let me see you slave for every penny” literally.
The pandemic just put a speed jump on the evolvement of work culture in Nigeria, and despite any bias you may have, this report by Flexjobs proves that remote work culture does have its uppity benefits for both employees and employers:
- Research shows that businesses lose $600 billion a year to workplace distractions and that remote workers are 35% to 40% more productive than their in-office counterparts.
2. Among performance-based remote work statistics in 2020, 94% of surveyed employers report that company productivity has been the same (67%) or higher (27%) since employees started working from home during the pandemic.
3. Remote Work Increases Job Satisfaction – Despite a tumultuous year in 2020, remote workers report a Workforce Happiness Index of 75 out of 100, compared to 71 for in-office employees.
But hey, that’s Flexjob’s report. Personally, this is why I love working remotely:
- Infrequent trips to the office – is bae!
To be honest, not everyone is cut out for the early morning grind – wake up, dash out, beat traffic, and report to work on time. Stay late, rush out, beat traffic, crawl into bed at past ten unable to feel your legs, next day repeat the cycle. “It’s part of the hustle” I don’t like this kind of hustle at all. Suffer-head is what it is.
2. Finally, someone gets the memo that it’s NOT OKAY to schedule in-person meetings that will last no more than 30mins, talking about, what-to-do-about-the-office-printer-that-stopped-working. zoom zoom zoom
3. Re-location wahala – the job you want is in a big city and it happens the place you live, is a remote village. Trust some organizations to still expect you to relocate with a bare minimum salary. My chest, it hurts. There are a ton of questions you would have to ask yourself before making the move to a new city. However, remote work, even a partially remote job is more convenient.
4. Have you ever stopped to consider how people living with disabilities or medical conditions fare? Now they have a much better chance.
5. Remote working affords me the flexibility and comfort I need to churn out the best work. A recent survey carried out by Buffer shows that 40% of respondents feel that one of the biggest benefits of remote working is the flexible schedule. Another 30% agree that it’s the benefit of working from any location. For me, it’s both and all of them.
What about you? To work remotely or nay?
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