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Why Location Shouldn’t be a barrier when it comes to Working Remotely

Employers often worry about remote employees working less, or multitasking, and mixing personal responsibilities with work. There are also concerns that allowing employees to work from anywhere could decrease communication and collaboration among coworkers constraining the informal learning that typically happens in the office, but if you look at it from a different perspective, it actually changes a great deal. A large percentage of freelancers believe freelancing gives them the flexibility they need because they are unable to work for a traditional employer due to personal circumstances. Remote work in this case allows them sharpen their skill set, and be more competitive while working from the comfort of their homes. Going to an office every day just isn’t a possibility for some people. Working remotely is something freelancers credit with keeping them sane especially in cases where physical health is an issue. Companies are also moving towards working in distributed teams. If your office has more than two floors, people aren’t working across floors, you will instead find them using work tools like Slack, Zoom, Skype etc. So fundamentally, whether you have two floors in the same building, it makes no difference. Already, more than two-thirds of employees are getting work done outside the office for at least a period of time each week; more than half work remotely for half of the week or more. So clearly, location should not be that big of a deal.

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