Lies you have heard about remote teams
Every person on this entire planet has an opinion about remote work. Some are promoting it, some are opposing it, but despite all the debates and chaos, we are all aware of the fact that
Remote work is the future: Even after many companies shifted themselves to permanent remote and hybrid work, there are still a lot of misconceptions about remote work.
Ask any remote worker and they’ll list all the myths they have been hearing from the start of the pandemic.
Here we are going to cover all the myths and misconceptions about remote work and how we can solve them.
Remote teams are less productive: They say remote work, we imagine a person sitting on a sofa sipping tea, watching Netflix and ignoring work calls. I mean, how many times have you encountered an employee who ignores your calls and emails at work?
This is all bullshit. Every report and survey so far has only shown that people are more productive working from home.
Having a bossy manager hanging by your side doesn’t mean you’ll get more work done. It’s about accountability and goals. If employees are aware of their responsibilities, they are accountable for their own actions. They don’t need your supervision, and that’s a fact.
Remote work affects your creativity: I think it depends on person to person. There are two categories when it comes to creativity. There are some people who get all their creative ideas and innovations from sitting with a group of people and absorbing them, and then there are some people who like to isolate themselves while they are working and get the most brilliant ideas of all time.
So in conclusion to that, I personally think that in such cases, remote work should be a choice. If the office acts as an innovative place for a person, they should work from the office, but if the office crowd stifles the creativity of a person, it’s better if they isolate themselves from the crowd and create their own safe workplace, because in the end, it all comes to productivity.
You can’t trust your team members: I have heard from tonnes of people, that they can’t trust their team members or they don’t know if their team members are genuinely working,
But then I think people still don’t understand that we are living in the era of technology. And no matter where you are, you can always connect with people via calls, emails, chats, and Facetime.
This is the biggest misconception about remote workers: that they don’t have to attend meetings and work calls.
But the fact is that they are evenly connected with their managers and coworkers all the time. Staying connected is a part of being a successful remote team. Some companies even have a rule of sharing their daily schedules and responsibilities with their managers and coworkers so that everyone is aware of what they are working on.
Many companies are associated with employees they have never met in person, but they are still successful in creating a productive work environment.
All you need is a little trust to make this work.
Remote work has more flexibility: Yes, without a doubt, remote work does offer a person more flexibility.
But does it mean less work?
The answer is no…
Let’s take a very short example of this: There is a woman who is working remotely and has a child. She has the responsibility of feeding her kid sharp at 7 pm, but her shift will be over at 8, so does that mean she will stop working at 7?
A flexible work environment will allow her to feed her child and then come back online to finish her work.
Remote workers can make their schedule according to their preferences; they can give time to things that are genuinely important to them. They can make some time for exercising, eating, and spending time with their family. And they can still complete their work on time.
Career advancement is difficult: It is a fact that when you are working from an office, you get to meet a lot of different kinds of people, and you’ll definitely get to learn from them.
But it doesn’t mean that working from home will affect your learning in any way. If you are curious enough to learn and grow, everything else is just a bunch of lame excuses that you are giving yourself.
According to research by Owl Labs, 35% of employees feel that remote work offers more opportunities for quality employment. If you are passionate enough about what you do, you will definitely succeed in your career.