Home Away From Home
Remote means never having to say your lonely
➔ The movement actually pre-dates Covid, but during the pandemic working “remotely” really exploded. So much so that now some positions are being advertised as working remotely.
That may just be a sign of the times, but it also be a signal that there are others things floating in the petri dish.
When remote is not all that it seems
If you’ve been looking for any extended period of time no doubt that you have encountered the “work remotely” insertion into the job description or posting. While this just may be a legitimate request, you can’t assume as much.
Depending on how their job search is going, “remote” in the job description may be a “cry for help.” If the employer is not getting the caliber or quantity of candidates that they were expecting for this particular position, they may be employing the technique of expanding their geographic area and thereby expanding their pool of candidates.
Whether it’s a legitimate attempt to attract those candidates who may be interested, or who prefer to work remotely, or a ploy just to pull more bodies in off the street, working remotely is a circumstance that has to work for both parties.
Obviously, if you weren’t open to working remotely, you never would have applied. Working with Zoom, scheduling your time, staying on task – these (and more) are all issues that the work-from-home must be prepared to tackle and win.
Then again, if the employer is asking for “work remotely” only to expand the pool of candidates and is not familiar with the concept of having a remote workforce, in the long run that may be a situation you might want to avoid.
Working remotely is a two-way street. It has to work for employer and employee alike.