Work from home really means work from anywhere.
People joining the workforce today have new bargaining power when it comes to working remotely. My millennial daughter corrected me when I called it “work from home” as it really means you can work from anywhere that’s not the office. It’s not just from the dining room table anymore! I have nieces and nephews that go to the Caribbean for weeks and even months at a time. They are working remotely. They are living their best life.
In 2022, employers can attract better candidates by offering the option to work remotely 1-2 days a week (or more.) Recent college grads most likely finished their studies remotely, so doing things online is woven into their fabric. Asking prospective employers for remote workdays is as normal as asking for any negotiable benefits.
I used to have a unique experience to be able to work from home or whilst on vacation and my clients rarely knew where in the world I was or what time zone I was in. It’s been great to be able to pack up my remote rig and set up shop at my destination. Here are some things I’ve learned through working remotely.
- Microphones always get flagged by TSA.
- Always ask if the hotel room has carpet or tile. (Carpet is good for acoustics, tile is bad.)
- Don’t book any airport hotels.
- Get hardwired internet whenever possible.
Of course, these bullet points only pertain to my industry since I need it to be relatively quiet to record voiceovers. Most people can work in noise. However, Internet is key for anyone working remotely.
I’ve been doing so many Teams/Zoom sessions lately where people are on mute while I’m recording. I’ve heard myriad background things when they unmute themselves to give me direction;
Drive thru loudspeaker
Low battery smoke alarm warning (change the battery already!)
I’m sure I’m not the only one hearing all of these remote work culture noises. And I’ll bet you’ve heard even funnier things on your conference calls. They happen. It’s accepted. It makes for interesting meetings. Am I right?
Nowadays, I say let ‘em work from anywhere. If you’re lucky enough to get paid to do your job elsewhere, good on you. You’re probably a more productive worker because you’re grateful that you can work on a beach somewhere.