Remote Work in the Time of COVID-19



The world has changed…
Two months ago, if I told you that remote work would be the global norm by mid-April, you’d have thought I was hanging out with Elon Musk too much. And, if I told you that by the beginning of May, you’d make every hire remotely, you might have laughed in my face. Here is remote work in the time of COVID-19.
…suddenly, nearly all technical jobs are remote-jobs, all dev-teams are distributed teams, and virtually all hiring is remote hiring.
In this article we’ll take a quick look at the trends that have accelerated this progression beyond all expectations, we’ll consider what to expect once we’ve made it to the other side of the coronavirus crisis.
And finally, we’ll dig into the fundamental changes in leadership, management, and mindset that will allow people to weather this period of extraordinary change and come out the better for it.

The shift to remote work has radically accelerated .

Fully remote distributed companies used to be a rarity. Now, it’s the new normal. As a result of COVID-19 and the sudden need for social distancing, everyone is working from home . In an instant, remote work went from a small Silicon Valley trend to a ubiquitous element of daily life. Zoom, Slack, Trello, Jira, and Microsoft teams – are all suddenly household names.
You can’t read the news or watch TV without seeing a how-to-go-remote guide.
What’s fascinating is that this global experiment in remote work has been a surprising success. Sure, there have been a few hiccups, a few cats (or kids) in the frame during the nightly news, and one or two things that were shared with co-workers unintentionally.
What we’re not hearing is businesses blaming their problems on the fact that people are working from home.
Announcement: Square lets employees work from home permanently Why remote work will persist after the disease dies out
Coronavirus may have accelerated this change, but it isn’t this crisis that will cause the change to stick. That’s because remote work is more than just concerns about health and social distancing. Driving this tectonic shift in the way we work, the way we hire, and who we’ll be hiring (and working with) in the future — is something else. 
The perspective of running a company that specializes.
From my perspective, as someone that runs a company specializing in hiring high-quality remote engineers, matching people with opportunities, and managing remote teams, there are three key drivers.
The Coronavirus pandemic is undoubtedly a catalyst for this sudden movement, but the underlying factors that are powering this change include:

Employee preference to work from home (plus higher productivity in many cases)
Cost savings companies experience when they eliminate expensive office rents and the payroll costs associated with the salaries...

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