Flexibility is the future
The remote working trend is on the rise and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Remote working supports a healthy work/life balance, it’s flexible, and helps drive creativity. Working remotely is the refreshing alternative to cubicle culture.
Collaborations in libraries, coworking spaces and cafes have replaced this notion. The benefits are apparent, The Harvard Business review suggests people in co-working spaces have increased productivity and happiness levels. For this reason, larger companies are introducing flexible working days, and freelancing is on the rise.
It is estimated 216,000 people in Ireland are working from home, or from a co-working space, at least some of the time.
Working remotely is the new normal for freelancers, entrepreneurs, digital nomads, stay-at-home parents, and anyone interested in a flexible working pattern.
Being location-free is great for those whose creativity is stimulated in other places, rather than a typical office environment. It’s flexible, allowing people to go wherever they feel inspired, and as long as there is a reasonable internet connection, there are no constraints to remote working.
This is one of the reasons that there has been a rise in popularity of the digital nomadic lifestyle in recent years. Individuals no longer need to reside in the big city, instead giving them the choice to live and work where they like, whether it’s in a city, the suburbs or village in the countryside. Having the flexibility to choose their location can positively impact other areas of a person’s life.
With the removal of a rigid time schedule and constant commuting, freelancers, remote-workers and the self-employed are left with with the flexibility to choose their own working hours. Of course, this can be challenging, as time-management skills are essential when working out of office.
In essence, this requires the ability to manage a workload independently and using their own initiative. This provides the opportunity to organise the workload in a way that is more convenient and/or suitable. There are few confines to working independently; workers can decide when to start and when to stop. Their free time is for them, and remote working is all about having more free time.
A good balance between life and work is crucial to avoid emotional and physical burnout. Managers and team leaders are beginning to see the economic advantages of a flexible working schedule. Spending time with family, friends, and other social activities outside the workplace reflect positively in the work produced.
It's clear that people thrive when working hours are reduced. Flexible working is a conducive method of helping and aiding the appropriate skills and happiness levels of the workforce, thus increasing productivity for themselves or their companies.
Working in a space that encourages collaboration is advantageous for employers and employees alike. Collaboration brings forth new ideas and creative solutions. Co-working spaces are terrific places to meet creatives from a variety of backgrounds and skillsets. This in turns brews the perfect potion in order to generate new business ideas.
The evolution of technology in recent years has made collaboration and working in a team easier. Remote-workers have several channels to engage with other team members; Facebook apps, Skype and Slack, to name but a few. Freelancers working with clients in different countries are no longer an issue, as nowadays feedback can be received quickly, invoices can be sent, and projects scan be kept safe in a cloud system.
The working world is evolving, the growth of the internet brought new ways to earn a living. Flexibility and having the time to develop passion is crucial for young workers especially. At the end of the day, those passions can drive a company forward and push a freelancer to success. The future is turning into a network of global collaborations and connection. Companies that fail to see that, will lose out on a whole future of possibilities.
Flexibility is the future