Suddenly, everyone is a remote-work advocate. But does it really work?
Unless you have been living under a rock or hidden deep within a sketch design library with a million components, there’s a viral outbreak that currently affects the entire world. And the digital product builders (that includes the UX-people) are also massively starting to work from home.
The situation is dangerous enough so that many stores have been entirely bought-out, with people preparing for the incoming zombie apocalypse. So while we’re getting ready for a month on canned beans, we may get bored and decide to work a little.
There’s a lot of encouragement to work from home now, even from businesses that previously shunned the idea.
But while it’s all fun and beans, it has a huge potential downside for the entire “remote worker” community. But first, let’s take a look at the positives.
The benefits of remote work are easy. You can do it from home. But you can also travel abroad and do it in the morning, and then go sightseeing and exploring in the evening. You can have a more meaningful life than the work-netflix-sleep, that’s plaguing a lot of the millennial generation. You can save time and money on commuting. Those hours each day can add up.
Let’s add the hours up –
If it takes you just 30 minutes to get to work each day, it means it takes one hour both ways. So assuming you won’t get sick, it’s 252 hours spent on commuting each year alone. That is ten and a half days!
Surely, you can find much better use for that time. Maybe write a book, start a podcast, or learn a new skill or language. Or binge-watch the entire X-Files library (except for the “new” seasons).But, there’s the rub..