I came across a Twitter thread by @Geek_Manager which sparked an interesting discussion.
I found the below interesting:
We’re in midst of moving from default-collocation to default-distributed and remote term is reinforcing sense of “away from where you’re expected to be”.
For me, the concept is very interesting as working remotely does often have connotations of being away from where you’re ‘meant to be’ and can lead to feelings of being separated from the rest of your colleagues.
Meri goes on to say that this will start with engineers but may be embraced “holistically”.
What does everybody think of the plan? I think it’s an excellent idea and about time companies started prioritising finding the best talent; rather than settling for whatever/whoever is close-by - which doesn’t always work.
In past roles, working from home was a clumsy experience and consisted of Slacking your colleagues to ask whether they were in certain Dropbox files to avoid conflicts - all while squinting at my laptop screen and missing my second monitor in the office. Some companies promote ‘flexible working’ but do little to make it a realistic option.
It would be great for more and more companies to work towards ensuring that all colleagues feel included and able to work anywhere; without the negative, career-limiting connotations that generally come with the concept.