There are some seriously false myths floating around in regards to remote working. Luckily, we’re here to set the record straight. It’s time to get in touch with the truth about remote work. Read on to watch us bust six of the biggest myths we’ve seen floating around the web.
Myth #1: Lack of Communication
Truth: Remote workers are actually more likely to be in better communication with their team members because of the physical distance that is imposed between them. Because sharing information isn’t as easy as yelling over a cubicle or dropping off a sticky note, remote employees are quite conscious of using other, more reliable forms of communication such as emails, video calls, and chat channels.
Myth #2: Productivity Levels Go Down
Truth: Multiple sources, including Forbes, Inc, and Entrepreneur, point to the high levels of productivity among remote workers. If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Without the distractions of office shenanigans, one can easily make it through projects that would otherwise be drawn out by working in an office environment.
Myth #3: Hiring Remote Is More Expensive
Truth: Plain and simple, remote hiring saves employers money. Cutting opportunity costs, lowered employee turnover, more affordable talent markets, and lower overhead costs all come together to make running a business more affordable.
Myth #4: No Company Culture
Truth: Because of their unique situation, remote companies have come forward to shine at creating company culture from across time zones and internet connections. Video call “coffee dates”, yearly remote retreats, and all-hands calls quickly build bonds between remote team players no matter how many miles are between them.
Myth #5: There’s No End to the Work Day
Truth: The only truth that exists in this myth comes from the remote worker that chooses not to turn off. A remote worker that is aiming for a healthy work-life balance will know when to “unplug” for the day. Unless in the case of emergency, there’s no need for remote workers to be responding to emails, texts, or chat channels during their off-hours.
Myth #6: Isolation Takes Over
Truth: Similarly to having no end to a work day, isolation is only going to take over if you’re not careful to balance your work days with social activities. Getting a membership at a coworking office or working from a cafe are two useful ways to combat the isolation of an at-home office. Additionally, because of the budding company culture mentioned earlier, video calls and social chat channels often fill up remote workers’ days, keeping them in touch and socially active even while they’re working.
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This article was originally published on Remote.com