Remote Work is the Next Operating System for Living
Mar 5, 2020
Life has changed more in the last 10 weeks than in the last 10 years.
Globally, people are experiencing a new way of living.
The catalyst is a global pandemic and though some things will return to 'normal' once it has passed other things wont. People don't want to go back to certain things.
Where that is most obvious is with work. Remote work has accelerated by at least 10 years. Workers everywhere have experienced life without commutes, more freedom, and flexibility while companies now know their teams are more productive at home than in the office.
Going back to the office would be strategic suicide.
Great talent will not work for companies that are office-first. They will lose their most talented people to their fiercest competitors rapidly. At the same time they will be less cost-efficient. Each office worker costs $22,000 / year more than a remote worker.
Workers want a better life and remote work gives them that,
The reason is incredibly simple: flexibility and quality of life.
Operating 9-5 from an office every day limits what you can do. Never getting to drop the kids off at school, being late to eat with your partner each evening, lacking the opportunity to fit the things into our life we love doing most.
Office work shackles us to a specific geographic location – typically a city with a high cost of living – which forces us to accept several things. Remote work break us free from that:
The ability to organize work around your life rather than life around your work may be the most liberating change in work history. Remote work lets me work when I am most productive, setting the schedule that suits me to do my best work.
Life-work balance replaces work-life balance.
Asking your boss to go to a doctor's appointment is like sending a note to the principal to get out of school. Life doesn't have to be like a continuation of your education living style.
I now do the things I need to do, while still getting my work done.
Wasting 25 total days of your life each year sitting in a pollution emitting steel box is a massive waste of your time. Working remotely immediately gives you all this time to use however you wish.
I now workout, read and eat with family IN LESS TIME than my previous commute!
Quality of Life
People will realize that the freedom from being expected to occupy a seat for 8 hours a day enables leads to a massive quality of life increase. Being able to do what you want when you want while still being able to operate and do better work than you've ever done in your life, which has several massive benefits:
Working 40 hours a week in an office while having to waste 10 hours a week on top of that commuting limits how much time we can spend with the people we care about most. Our main social contact comes from people selected by our bosses hiring policy.
Remote work lets me have deeper meaningful relationships with friends and family.
🧘Health & Wellbeing
Sitting in a car, to then sit in front of a screen all day is terrible for our health and wellbeing. We don't have time to improve our health and our wellbeing suffers because we don't have the freedom to detach from the things we have to do.
I can run at lunchtime if I need to recharge, take time every day to focus on personal development and eat more healthily than I ever have before.
💰Lower Cost of Living
Big cities where high paying jobs are having a high cost of living which leads to less disposable income. This limits what we can do with our money because we have less of it to spend.
Remote work lets me live in a lower-cost region, increase my disposable income and have a far higher quality of life as a result.
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