The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we work, forcing many organizations to adopt remote work as the new norm.
Some years have passed and many want to continue this trend, while others wish to go back to the office.
Let’s take a look at what people are saying on HackerNews:
Quite a few people see the advantages of working fully remotely, like:
- freedom and flexibility
- eliminates the dreaded commute
- increased focus at home
- fewer distractions
- setting their own hours
- stay connected with family
- prioritize their well-being
- healthier work-life balance
But there are also a few cons: some dread the forced team-building exercises that often accompany remote working.
Some have fully embraced the advantages of remote work. They have been working remotely for many years and can’t imagine going back.
On the other hand, some people have fond memories of in-person collaboration.
They remember the camaraderie and close teamwork that happened when everyone was together in a physical office. They believe that if the team is not fully present, there is little value in commuting for a partially remote setup.
The hybrid approach
However, there are also those who prefer the hybrid approach.
They recognize the benefits of both remote and in-person work and believe that a balance needs to be found.
They suggest a mix of 2 to 3 days in the office per week to maintain flexibility and collaboration.
In conclusion, the perspectives on fully remote work are diverse. Some praise the autonomy and flexibility it offers, while others emphasize the value of in-person collaboration and team cohesion. Ultimately, the ideal work arrangement depends on personal preferences, the nature of the job, and the dynamics of the team. Striking a balance between remote and in-person work may be the key to ensuring employee satisfaction and productivity as we move forward
In my opinion
I think that a hybrid approach would be awesome, but the implementation most of the times is terrible. Someone is going to be cut off from decisions and discussions. So I personally don’t like the hybrid approach.
If I would have the strong need to be able to work fully remotely (e.g. living in the countryside, far away from central hubs), all or nothing for me. Either fully remote or nothing.