The increasing number of people working remotely has brought along stereotypes that remote workers have inevitably encountered. Do you think that remote workers work in pyjamas every day? Wait, you might be completely wrong! Not all stereotypes surrounding remote work culture are based on truth. Let’s have a look at the five most-discussed stereotypes.
Remote Workers Work Less Than in an Office.
Remote work (or working from home) doesn't mean that people aren't working. Contrary to this stereotype, there has been a number of research projects conducted revealing that remote workers get more done compared to their in-office colleagues. Many points are explaining this "phenomena". People working from home are usually less distracted (office noise, colleagues tapping at your shoulder or asking for help, random meetings and similar). Besides, remote workers have typically more ownership over their time management, aren't tired after a 1-hour commute to work and more.
Remote Workers Stay the Whole Day in Pyjamas Working on a Sofa.
This isn't necessarily true. For sure, there might be some days when remote workers prefer working in their pyjamas on a sofa. However, those who work remotely (from home) regularly know that's important to create a comfortable workspace where it's convenient to work all day. Long-term working on a sofa might cause health problems with the back and the overall body posture. Do you know how to stay productive when working remotely? See these 5 tips that help you achieve it!
Remote Workers Are Always Ready For Going to a Café With Friends.
If you are the only one who is working remotely in your social surrounding/family, you will inevitably encounter this stereotype. Explaining to your significant others that you do have some working hours and therefore can't go to a café and chit-chat for a couple of hours anytime will surely need some effort. Not everyone understands that working from home doesn't mean a day off.
Remote Workers Are Available 24/7.
There will always be people who think that remote work means being available round-the-clock. However, remote work also has its rules. One of them is working hours. There can be either strictly set (e.g. from 9-5), or more flexible. If it's the latter case, team members have to be disciplined in letting others know when they are working and when they are having a break.
Remote Workers Lead an Unhealthy Lifestyle.
Home office or remote work is usually connected with leading an unhealthy lifestyle. Why? The answer is crystal clear. People think that working from home means that you are just lying on a sofa working the whole day without performing any activities. However, remote workers save dozens of hours/week on commuting, which they can instead invest in doing sport - either before starting working (e.g. jogging) or take regular & short workout breaks during a day. And what are other benefits of working remotely? Learn more in this article.
Are there any more stereotypes that you encounter as a remote worker? Please, do share them with us!