May 4th, 2021

The future of work?

Remote work is not new.

Since Jack Nilles first coined "Telecommuting" in 1972 we have been experimenting around the edges of running distributed systems at human scale.

Even earlier, in 1932 Bertrand Russell considered how we might better divide our time between work and leisure, asking what would happen when (not if) we reached a point where everybody could be comfortable without working long hours.

As the travel and social restrictions of the last 12 months start to lift, commuting to a fixed place of work will once again become the standard for many. But 2020 gave us the organisational policy placebo many needed to remove the barriers to distributed working - at least for a while - and the effect won't be reversed:

Conversely, working long hours actually increased for many during this time, with 37% of newly remote tech workers expected to be available on-demand (Project Include).

Making Remote Work

As Project Include noted, many of the issues around the adoption of remote work are symptomatic of problems with communication and process; and a need to build healthier team and work culture.

We're just getting started at Remotely but our mission is to make remote work available for everyone - and this means being a part of improved communication, process, team, and culture.

First and foremost, we want to make asynchronous collaboration front and center. Every remote job listing on Remotely shows team hours to let prospective team members know when they can expect to collaborate. (You can even search remote jobs by time of day - in a time zone of your choosing).

Second, we want candidates to know more about the culture of the team they might join. Today we're doing that by showing city level locations for other members of the team, and asking job posters to opt-in to remote specific support items such as home-office budget or location independent pay.

Lastly, we want to democratise remote work to make remote jobs available to more companies. The more companies that can support remote work, the more people that can work remotely. We offer flat fees for all our remote job listings - starting at just $89 - and no gimmicks or increased pricing to make your job featured. Everyone gets the same, beautiful, fully featured job listing at a fair price, and we provide powerful search features on top to let candidates find what they need.

The future of living

Many organisations might still be a way off from being truly distributed - for some, the very nature of their work makes remote more difficult. We are certainly a long way from Russel's imagined redistrubition of work and leisure time - but we have been given an oppurtunity to rethink our relationship with work, and we want to be a part of making it work.

As @ChrisHerd put it:

Remote work is about improving quality of life

Giving people the freedom to organize work around their lives rather than the other way around. Working when it suits them rather than being expected to occupy a seat