Remote work is here to stay. It's not all laptop beach photos and working in your PJs. Remote workers report feelings of loneliness and isolation in Buffer's State of Remote Work 2019 report. A few considerations to ponder before accepting a remote gig.
According to those surveyed, 99% of remote workers want to work remotely (at least some of the time) for the rest of their careers. 95% of those same workers encouraged others to do the same.
Amir Salihefendic, CEO of Doist, said “remote work isn't just a different way to work – it's a different way to live," with workers enjoying a great sense of flexibility for both work and play.
However, many in-office professionals don't see behind the sexy side of remote work. 22% of remote workers have difficulty unplugging from work and 19% experience loneliness, a slight uptick from Buffer's 2018 report.
When on the hunt for a new gig, consider if remote work is right for you. Take into account:
+ A workspace in your home. 84% surveyed work from home. Ensure you have an area that is primarily dedicated to your work in the hours you need it.
+ Remote costs. Most companies do not cover costs associated with working remotely like the internet, a co-working membership or drinks when working from your local coffee shop.
+ A community to support you. To combat feelings of isolation and loneliness ensure there is collaboration across company channels as well as in your personal life.