The traditional workplace model where employees worked from the office didn’t offer much flexibility to employees, however, after COVID-19, companies had no option but to allow employees to work remotely. As a result, many companies realized that remote option is a possibility in the long run. However, many companies are still reluctant to offer remote options.
As a software engineer or an IT person, you may be seriously considering working remotely or in a hybrid environment. Unlike positions that require you to be present in the office to accomplish your day-to-day tasks, as a software engineer, you can successfully complete most of your tasks remotely. In a 2022 State of Remote Engineering Report, 75% of the developers said that they prefer to work remotely at least three days a week.
Why are software engineers demanding more hybrid or remote options? Let us cover a few reasons.
No commute hassle
Daily commute amounts to about 89 million hours each week in the US. One in five people (about 17%) are regularly late for work due to travel disruptions. Engineers prefer working from home because remote work frees them from commuting every day, thereby saving the hassle of getting stuck in the traffic for hours. It also saves money on fuel.
Many companies believe that remote work leads to unproductive and lazy employees. However, this myth has been proven wrong. Remote software engineers are more productive than office employees because they can set their own hours, working when they are most productive compared to the standard 9 to 5. Also, remote work can eliminate distractions that are usually common at workplaces, thereby, improving productivity by many folds.
Flexibility to work from anywhere
Remote work means being able to work from anywhere in the world. As a software engineer, you are aware that your work can be accomplished remotely, thus you now have the option to work from a different state or even a different country. If you have always wanted to live in Europe or a different country, remote work could fulfill that dream. However, not all employers are flexible and may set different terms and conditions in place regarding out-of-state or out-of-country employment.
Having said that, working remotely also comes with its own challenges, such as loneliness, lack of team spirit, and social interactions. However, many engineers are willing to overlook these disadvantages in exchange for a hybrid or fully remote work model.
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