For over a decade developers and programmers have been building smarter ways to connect us in the office whilst stepping further into flexible ways of working.
It’s likely that my idea of the perfect work environment is different to yours, the next person’s or anybody else’s for that matter.
Not even the best headphones can drown out the distractions of a busy sales floor, or save you from being pulled into an impromptu stand-up meeting.
When you’re deep diving into code, momentary distractions start to add up. You then have to spend time regaining that concentration.
Breakout rooms and quiet spaces don’t change the fact that we all work differently. Flexible options allow us to work collectively from our most productive environments. You can claw back the time lost in commuting and balance a far healthier work-to-life balance. Whether that means responsibilities, fitness or globe trotting as a digital nomad.
Simply being in the office doesn’t actually guarantee that you’re working collaboratively. You might be more physically accessible but is that always a positive?
Meetings scheduled remotely are usually a little more considered, time-effective and structured with a clearer objective in mind.
As over half of developers suggest that remote work is a primary consideration in their job hunt, we looked into what makes it work well.
The right understanding:
There’s a level of professional trust and respect that needs to be extended both ways in order for remote work to be successful.
That means agreeing working conditions and having clarity over the deliverables, the timeframes and the methods of working. Is it just a remote location or are the hours flexible?
One of the biggest strengths of remote working is the autonomy to structure your day around when, how and where you work best. The reality is that when developers have this they deliver more.
If it’s an uphill struggle to convince those you’re working with of this, then it’s unlikely they’re going to see remote working as anything more than a conditional incentive.
Find your community:
You don’t have to become a Lazlo Hollyfeld character that codes from dusk till dawn in your kitchen.
Remote working means flexibility and the choice to find that balance. There’s a big global community out there to work with, whether that’s on Slack, co-working spaces, networking events or by hot-desking from your employer’s office.
Partner with technology:
You need the right suite of tools to connect you to the office in terms of communication, project management, issue solving and organisation.
Keep a look out for our list of essential tools for developers to utilise in 2019, with a calendar of the events you won’t want to miss and the best companies championing remote work.