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In an effort to reduce costs and enhance work-life balance, companies are increasingly deciding to become completely distributed, foregoing traditional office space in favor of remote teams. According to a recent study by Gallup, 37% of US workers are telecommuters, meaning they work remotely at least part of the time.
With the holidays in full swing, a lot of employees will be working from home during the last few weeks of the year. How many exactly? According to a survey by BusinessWire, 57% of employees plan to work during the holidays. And we know that sometimes working from home comes with many distractions (laundry, TV, pets, etc).
Lazy, distracted, out of touch — these are just some of the stereotypes about remote workers. But the stereotypes aren’t even close to true. In fact, research has shown quite the opposite. When considering whether to allow remote workers at your own company, check out these seven most common misconceptions about remote employees.
Welcome to the first episode of The Home Office, which seems to think it’s gonna pick up where The Office left off. Erm, not quite. Web developer Kyle Mason is embarking on the sweet life, working out of his apartment, just a few inches from his bed. When the big company he worked for restructured, he didn’t really have much choice, but he swears he’s fine with it. Freedom! He can be as loud as he wants. (No, he can’t.) He has a controlled environment from which to conduct business. (No, he doesn’t.) He never gets lonely. (Yes, he does, in spite of the teddy bear he works with.) He even has his own whiteboard and performance review.
Diana Mocanu never wanted to work in an office environment, so her becoming a remote freelancer was no accident. To her, that career choice is the ticket to the big, wide world, and she sent her story in to Bored Panda in the hopes her choice might inspire others to dare dream outside the box. Way outside the box. As Mocanu points out, “We live in the world of advanced technologies, so distance doesn’t matter any more.” Not only can you freelance from anywhere, but she makes it a point to do just that. As encouragement to others, she offers up pictures of her, hard at work, somewhere in the Balearic Islands.