Working remotely or on site

2017-03-29 09:21:24 admin Perl Interests 0 Comments

No matter what technology you’re using, it could be Perl or any other, as a software developer you’re no longer tied down to a location or a 9 to 5 schedule. Most tech companies have moved to a more open and liberal approach to work schedules.

The first thing that should be mentioned here is that tech as an industry relies on exceptional individuals, companies will always look for the best and won’t always find them close to their location. Geography is not an impediment, it’s just another factor to take into account, one that can be solved easily. By working remotely. Of course, on site work has certain advantages, but they don’t matter as much nowadays, especially considering the communication opportunities that we have available. You can be in a room with someone without them being physically there. But working remotely isn’t necessarily working from the other side of the world. You can work remotely from home, or from a beach, or from a bus if you’re travelling.

This trend allows more freedom for employees and more opportunities for employers as they can hire people out of their geographical reach. Being flexible is not just an advantage, it’s more of a norm (in most cases).

The traditional office space/work is no longer the only option, or even the best option. That doesn’t mean that everybody works well remotely, from another location or from home. Some people need the office space to separate their work life from their personal life or to avoid distractions. But working remotely they are also given the opportunity to create their own work environment. In Perl there are quite a few people who do work remotely (at least that’s what our Survey says) so far we have around 20% of developers who are working remotely and around 10 % who do both remote and on site. Some are lucky enough to be able to choose on a daily basis, like anonymus, a Perl developer with more than 5 years of experience, self employed (small startup owner) from Slovakia:  “on-site if i care to go to work and not stay at home and work remote :)”. That’s quite something.

There’s also a level of trust to be gained in remote work, but when it comes to software development, the practices that go on assure that no matter where you are, you’re completing your designated tasks. It’s less about stay and stare at a screen for 8 hours and more of get this done this sprint.

Do you work remotely or on site? And how does it affect your workflow and output?

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