Darja Šmite and Eriks Klotins: “Future of Remote Work: Lessons Learned from Working from Home”
Uppladdad av Anna Eriksson on september 21, 2020
Working from home (WFH) or telework is something that until COVID-19 has been known only as a voluntary and often exceptional practice in the workplace. On one hand, telework is often associated with the perceived increase of productivity and job satisfaction (mostly self-reported by teleworkers), and on the other hand, with a great managerial issue and a loss of control (as reported by the managers). Many managers before and today are skeptical because they question the ability of their staff to handle remote infrastructure, solve any situation independently, manage their time properly or work without supervision. But is telework really a problem? In this talk, we will share our findings from monitoring the company-wide transitions to WFH caused by the COVID-19 in several software companies. Our analysis of commit data, calendar invitations and Slack communication shows that software engineers continue working and their routines and work patterns are not that different from the office times. Distributed work is surely not challenge-free. However, company support evidently results in many engineers not only surviving, but enjoying their experience of WFH. Hear more about the lessons learned from the WFH “experiment” in our talk.