Op-Ed: How working remotely can bring workers closer together
The term “workplace” conjures up images of cubicles, computers, and desks – not just because our lives are defined by jobs, but because, by most definitions, “work” is work and “home” is not.
As a result, the term has evolved into an increasingly complicated concept that ranges from a “remote worker” who goes to the office to perform a task while their work is being “processed” in a remote branch office, to the term “telecommuting” which describes many types of workers who operate remotely, including those working from home or the office while working away from a physical workplace.
In most cases, however, workers in these “remote” working environments tend to share a number of common traits with those in the workplace. For example, all work is completed in a physical space, and the interaction between employees does not take place in a real-time, collaborative session, but rather in a “virtual” environment.
For many working professionals, working remotely can be beneficial for the workplace, company, and even the workplace itself.
A remote employee may be more focused than an employee who resides in a physical space.
A remote employee can perform their work efficiently because they are able to focus on their tasks without distractions.
A remote employee can perform their work without interruptions.
A remote employee can perform their job in a way that is more personal.
A remote employee can do their work anywhere.
Despite the many benefits of working remotely, it can be tough to find the right type of work-at-home job. Many workers find it very difficult and overwhelming to perform certain tasks as a part-time worker.
While the term “remote worker” is used for those who go to work and return home, it is often confusing for those who choose to work from home as their full-time job