Why are tech professionals not the only ones who can work remotely

Rita Nakhoul
June 27, 2022

Currently, we are facing a corporate problem regarding the boundary between professional and personal lives. The latter has become harder to handle, and we often find that our lives are only revolving around work. However, people now realize that they should adapt their work according to their lifestyle and not the other way around.

Encouraged by the development of new information and communication technologies, remote work allows an active person, an employee, or a self-employed individual to exercise their professional activity outside a company’s premises. The workplace then becomes the home, but it can also be any other environment where remote employees feel comfortable enough to work.

According to a study by Boostrs, 62% of jobs in France can be carried out by teleworking. Of course, some professions cannot be carried out remotely, but many others already are.

Although, working remotely was unthinkable five years ago. Due to Covid 19, changing mentalities, and digitization: teleworking has been in sight since 2021 and intends to remain that way.

Working from home offers many advantages: greater flexibility, less travel, and less stress due to the time saved on transport, which ultimately translates into a better work-life balance and less burnout. We learned with time that this shift helps to reconcile parenthood and professional life or to become a digital nomad and travel worldwide.

All of these benefits were quickly identified by workers during the Covid-19 health crisis and the successive lockdowns. Companies, sometimes cautious on the subject, have seen an increase in productivity and a drop in absenteeism - due to more motivated employees - as well as savings linked to renting or purchasing office spaces.

But before the health crises, tech workers, tech companies, and startups were mainly known to adopt hybrid work models and remote-working policies.

But do you really need to be a software engineer to work remotely?

One thing is sure: telework has become common for many office workers.

So we ask ourselves, shouldn’t remote jobs be more available to us? Isn’t remote the future of work?

Remote Work for Everyone?

Within the same company, the profile of a position may prevent the implementation of teleworking while other functions can benefit from it. Thus, employers can decide to set up teleworking only for specific categories of staff.

While some professions cannot be done remotely, many of them can. And the pandemic indeed proved that many people could give up office work and choose their preferred locations to get their job done.

Thanks to video conferencing and easy communication tools, companies can now easily alter their work models to keep up with the times. It suffices that the work, which could have been carried out on the company’s premises, can be carried out outside by using information and communication technologies.

In the medical field, for example, you would be shocked to know that the popularity of remote surgery, also known as telesurgery, has increased due to the rapid development of computer, telecommunications, and robotics technology.
And as a result, innovative advancements in medical education and an expansion of the technology tools available to doctors have led to the development of modern telesurgery techniques.

I mean, if surgeries can now be conducted from anywhere, why are most people still confined to their on-site office space?

Flexibility is the bare minimum.

Especially after the great resignation, people are now asking for flexible hours and unlimited PTOs without a pay cut. People want to get their work/life balance in check!

A year after the start of the health crisis, we can see those flexible working methods are much more efficient and productive than expected. The data increasingly reveals that employees want to maintain a flexible way of working, even after the pandemic. Thus, many companies are rapidly testing remote and asynchronous working methods.

No more traffic jams, waking up early, wasted time, the stress generated, etc. The choice of teleworking will exempt you from all these inconveniences and provide the employees with better healthcare.

With flexible working hours, including weekends and workspaces focused on well-being and eco-responsibility, topics related to ecology and well-being are becoming increasingly important. The reflection to be carried out on work environments must be done in an eco-responsible approach, more oriented towards the balance between private and professional life, autonomy, and ergonomics.

The utopia would be to believe that everyone will be working from home or in coworking spaces. Ultimately, the most likely would be that companies will concentrate in the city center, At the same time, workers will take refuge on the outskirts, allowing a disconnection between work and space, with a rise in self-employment and multiple contracts favoring greater autonomy.

So should we say goodbye to the days when we had to go into the office, sit in our cubicles only to do the bare minimum, and leave?

As we’ve seen, working from home should no longer be a choice for some but a right for everyone. Stakha employees are full-time remote workers, from the CEOs to recruiters to tech and even the marketing team; we all believe in the remote-first mindset. We only work with like-minded companies and believe face-to-face jobs are a thing of the past.

Do not hesitate to check out our open positions if you are looking for a new job or if you are ready to change your lifestyle!