The sun is shining; glistening on the wind-struck waves. Thankfully, my big jumper is negating the cold sea breeze. The soothing sounds of waves crashing is easing me through my afternoon. It hits me, the beauty of what I do allows me to work anywhere and everywhere. So long as I have my kit and a decent bit of Wi-Fi. So here I am, blogging my experience whilst looking on to the beautiful south coast, and I’m not alone.
The rise of working remotely
We decided to head down to the wonderful Pevensey Bay in-between Hastings and Eastbourne. As it’s the October half term, it’s a perfect opportunity for a family break away. A well-deserved one at that! So you’re probably wondering, ‘If he’s on holiday, why is he blogging?’ The answer is rather simple. The nature of how we work is changing. The beauty of the Internet is that work, particularly online work means I’m not confined to an office. Nor am I bound to the traditional societal conceptions of the 9-5. Remote, flexible work not only improves my job satisfaction, but my productivity, too. I mean, you’d be lucky to get that view in a corner office, wouldn’t you agree? Heck, I’m inclined to be productive now. Documenting my thoughts even though I’ve got time off, purely for the love of it.
Office vs. remote working
Career perspective is key here. Not all jobs allow you to work flexibly at home or at a desk. But given the option, choosing my own hours and place of work trumps the commute to a 9-5, hands down. In fact, studies suggest more firms are now allowing flexible work than those that don’t. It improves productivity, cuts absences and employee turnover. Additionally, less money’s spent on office space and maintenance. Digital collaboration may replace physical interaction entirely. Video calls do the job well enough. Although it’s not quite the same as a face-to-face meeting, so we’ll see!
Work isn’t necessarily a place anymore; it’s something I do. Mobile work, working flexibly improves my engagement, productivity and job satisfaction. It also benefits my work-life balance and time management. However, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s viable for some but not all, depending on the circumstances. Enjoy the sunset!