Developers (and pizza?) flocking to remote work
Think remote work is just a passing fad? Take a look at the businesses popping up in support of the concept, and you might be convinced otherwise.
Take, for example, Pizzatime, a new service from digital agency Planetary that organizes virtual pizza parties for teams collaborating from multiple branch locations. Leveraging Slack, the tool takes orders from each team member then coordinates with restaurants in each remote location to arrange “personal-sized” pizza delivery at a set date and time. Each team member then gets a Zoom video link at the time of the party, and with the help of an array of SaaS collaboration tools, the festivities can begin!
The fact that remote work is spawning its own mini industry of goods and services (alongside the already burgeoning market of SaaS collaboration tools that have made remote work such a viable option in the first place) is telling. While it’s not likely that the future will revolve around people only collaborating from home offices, geographical barriers are expanding the options for individuals to work from remote locations other than their company’s HQ.
And while some job roles have historically been better suited to remote work, the variety of positions and industries that can now realistically operate with far-flung teams is widening.
According to a recent study from DigitalOcean, 86 percent of IT developers today now work remotely, with roughly a third doing the job from home on a full-time basis. In fact, 43 percent of the 4500 respondents polled said that the ability to work remotely was a “must-have” when considering a new position.
What’s more, despite already being considered the norm for developers, remote work only really became a viable option for roughly half of respondents between one and four years ago.
Perhaps the most surprising takeaway from the report was that despite popular perception that remote workers are prone to feeling isolated or disengaged, 71 percent indicated that they feel connected to their team and the overall community at their organization. It is true that the remote workers in the study did report ultimately working longer hours, and that their work-life balance was only slightly better than their onsite colleagues. However, this all goes to show that SaaS tools and a new generation of innovative services (see: Pizzatime) are making remote work viable even for teams that historically had to work within physical proximity.
Of course, underlying all of these tools and services that make for successful remote work strategies is a performant network infrastructure. If the ability for teams to communicate via Slack or dial into a Zoom meeting are hindered by poor network connections, it’s not just a matter of teams not enjoying their pizza. Rather, poor network performance could begin to erode the feelings of connectedness remote employees need to stay productive, and may even impact other business-critical tools that workers require to complete work in isolation.
Ensuring these lines of communication stay open hinges on comprehensive network visibility. Download our whitepaper, Three Essential Pillars of Comprehensive Performance Monitoring, to see what kinds of data enterprise teams should be collecting to ensure there aren’t any blind spots on the network that could be hindering employee performance — or worse, pizza delivery.
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