So what’s the deal with Remote & “Flexible” work schedules?

The Ready Games
Jan 31, 2019 · 4 min read

Workin’ 9 to 5
What a way to make a livin’
Barely gettin’ by
It’s all takin’ and no givin’

They just use your mind
And they never give you credit
It’s enough to drive you
Crazy if you let it

As much as any 25 year old woman just looking to make her way in the world can relate to Dolly Parton, currently I do not have the misfortune of relating to her song “9 To 5”. Why? Three magic words: Work. From. Home.

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Working from home has slowly been becoming more and more popular as the occupations of western society have become more and more modern. Is this a good or bad thing? Well, in all honesty, it really does depend on what type of worker you are. Some people need that structure of the 9 to 5 to stay productive, while others feel trapped and under perform due to additional stress. So is remote working right for you? Let’s analyse the pros and cons;

The Upsides

  1. You work when you are most productive, and as a result you get more work done. You don’t ever have to “look busy” when you’re working from home. If you’re more productive at 11 pm, so be it! Just make sure to be around for core business hours, the rest is flexible.

The Downsides

  1. The “WHAT YEAR IS IT?” feeling. Everything is fine and dandy until you realize you haven’t seen the sun in over 4 days and you’ve been wearing your duck printed PJ pants for FAR too long. Avoid the hermit crab mentality, or at least remember to shower.

While people not familiar with remote work can look down upon your loosey-goosey schedule, it really is a format that promotes quality of work over time of work. Tech companies and entertainment companies alike have been hoping on the flexible work time for years, and this model isn’t going anywhere but up.

Ready Makers Inc, the company I work (remotely!) for has fully embraced this model, and it has been going great for everyone in our Start Up. We are a diverse group of around 20 people ALL working remotely. We span across three continents and quite a few countries — Canada, America, Chile, and Russia just to name a few. That’s A LOT of time zones to coordinate, but we do so through carefully coordinated meetings a few times a week. Luckily, we have Slack — one of the best collaboration tools on the market in my opinion— and a VERY large Google Drive to help keep us organized.

Remember: with any good business and work ethic, communication is key. As long as you have that, you’ll always be on the right track to happy employees who get the job done.

Until next time —
Sami-Jo Perruzza
Social Media & Community Lead | Ready Makers Inc
sami-jo@getready.io

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