How Remote Working Is Awesome For C# Developers And Their Employers
Gone are the days when C# developers across the North West were puppets in the hands of their ‘corporate masters’ (now employers). The modern employee has a plethora of options and is more demanding than ever before. Maintaining a healthy work/life balance tops the priority list of the modern employee (especially Millennials). Businesses around the world are responding to this demand of their workforce by embracing remote working.
Remote working: An overview
Remote employees do not walk into a traditional office every day. Instead, they work part or full day from their home, a co-working space (with modern office amenities to facilitate collaboration), or an offshore location. Remote work is a win-win for employers and employees. While remote employees get to work from the sweet and friendly confines of their home, employers do not have to spend a substantial amount for setting up infrastructure.
Why remote working? The benefits for employees
Improved quality of life
Most employees hate their commute to work. Commuting takes its toll. Their long commute to work can impact an employee’s productivity and their mental and physical health. Remote employees do not have to spend time on stressful and unpleasant commutes and can better focus on professional and personal commitments.
Unlike their counterparts who commute to work every day, remote workers do not have barriers to exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, a study concluded that workplace flexibility could help reduce stress and the risk of burnout.
If you can’t stand an annoying manager who likes dictating terms, consider looking for a remote job. Remote employees are free to structure their workday. Additionally, they do not have to follow a dress code and can wear anything they want.
Improved job satisfaction
Remote employees can maintain a healthy work/life balance. Because remote workers are free to plan their workday and do not have to undertake a long and tiring commute to work every day, they get enough time to balance the demands of both professional and personal life. An improvement in productivity helps create a sense of accomplishment, boosting morale and confidence.
Why remote working? The benefits for employers
Improved employee retention
Retaining their key employees tops the priority list of any manager. Small businesses that cannot compete with big brands in terms of salary and benefits can come up with a remote work policy.
Remote employers don’t lose employees who move. Additionally, remote employees are more likely to keep on working during pregnancy and early motherhood. The modern employee, especially millennials, demands flexibility and is more likely to stick to a remote job. These factors help improve employee retention.
A study found that work interruptions can cost an in-office employee up to six hours a day. To avoid interruptions, remote workers can set up a comfy place that is void of distractions. Those who work remotely are not distracted by co-workers, which helps them focus better, resulting in increased productivity. A study found remote employees to be 13 percent more productive than their counterparts who work from a conventional office setup.
Remote employers do not have to rent office space. Additionally, many remote employees pay for their equipment. A remote employer also does not have to invest in infrastructures such as furniture and cables.
A look at some companies that have embraced remote working
Zapier is a US-based company offering web-based services. The company’s workforce comprises of 200 professionals located in around 15 countries. Zapier’s focus is on building a collaborative and diverse team that can develop top-notch products.
GitLab offers a web-based DevOps lifecycle tool that is designed to help developers develop software. GitLab is a fully remote company. Its workforce comprises of around 500 employees divided between three continents.
GitLab’s remote manifesto outlines the company’s corporate values, which include managing real-life relationships and giving employees credit when credit is due. GitLab offers several in-demand perks, including health insurance, paid holidays, and time-off to its employees.
Founded in 2005, Automattic is a web development company based in San Francisco. The company employs around 700 remote employees spread across 62 countries. Automattic gives its remote employees $250 every year. Employees can either spend this amount at Starbucks or co-working spaces. To help its employees bond with each other and build team spirit, the company organizes remote team meetups every once in a while.
InVision’s handy design prototyping tool is used by renowned brands such as Adobe, Salesforce, Evernote, and Airbnb. Valued at around $2 billion, the company employs around 250 remote employees from 20 countries. To retain employees, InVision offers several perks, including paid gym memberships, medical insurance, and travel and conference sponsorships. The company conducts anonymous polls to measure employee satisfaction at regular intervals.
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