Remote Workers Deserve More

Dr Stuart Woolley
CodeX
Published in
4 min readDec 15, 2022

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Heating, Lighting, and Internet are the bare minimum!

Photo by Kevin Bhagat on Unsplash

Although the current establishment is fanatically obsessed with denying its opposing players in the grand game of software engineering anything to do with remote working, theirs is, at least in the long term, an inevitable losing strategy.

We’ve touched on, many times, how the Dickensian era of workplace surveillance is over, middle-managers are being jettisoned as the company boat sheds dead weight, and most importantly how people generally are much happier and more productive working in the way that they want to work.

We’ve also touched on the ludicrous amount of unpaid effective overtime time wasted on commuting — something previous endured by generations of employees and just accepted as a ‘price to pay’ for actually having a job.

That time is over.

Positional Advantage

Of course, some people can’t work from home — at least all of the time — as their roles need a physical presence somewhere but, here in the grand game, most of our roles can be done from anywhere whether it’s at home, up a coconut tree, but definitely not on a beach as we’re (quite often) physically distance people. Ahem.

To that end a company employing remote workers will be saving some money no matter how much the beancounters or middle-management trumpet the costs of a notionally¹ distributed workforce and the perceived difficulties in ‘managing’ them.

What they mean there, of course, is that management can’t physically watch all of the employees all of the time and has to put actual effort into organising online meetings, knowing how to work a computer, and suchlike rather than just walking around an office and trying to look important and a vital component in the businesses’ well oiled machine.

Money saved will include decreased heating and lighting costs, the ability to downsize and perhaps relocate expensive city based office space, and downgrade things like internet connectivity, maintenance contracts, and ancillary services such as free bottomless Prosecco lunches for HR previously invoiced as a legitimate business expenses.

I’ve mentioned previously that when we are called into an office, and it better…

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Dr Stuart Woolley
CodeX

Worries about the future. Way too involved with software. Likes coffee, maths, and . Would prefer to be in academia. SpaceX, Twitter, and Overwatch fan.