Why do we love remote work in the tech sector? Carlos Cardona tells us about his experience working from home.
By Carlos Cardona, Senior Business Analyst
Of the five years of work experience I have accumulated, two have been remotely. There was a time when I had to get up very early in the morning to go to work. At 5:00 AM I was already taking the first bus that started its route and I had to cross the city to get to my place of work. The return was no better. When I already wanted to go back to my house, I arrived at approximately 7:00 PM. That means that on average he only had 10 hours to spend at home, most of which he used to do whatever he couldn’t do at the office and slept little.
In 2020 I had the opportunity to start the remote work experience. I was working for an Argentine multinational software development company. In the first week of work, I went to the office every day. It is worth mentioning that this office was something totally innovative for me, with different integration spaces that encouraged collaborative work. The project manager of the project asked me: “Do you come to the office every day to work? Why do you do it? If you want, you can work from home. I couldn’t believe it, it seemed sensational to me.
From that moment, I discovered a number of activities that I could carry out, which would have been impossible under face-to-face work. The most noticeable change was the time I saved on transportation. I no longer had to spend 15-20 hours a week on a bus. I began to distribute those hours in more hours of sleep, courses, training and physical exercise. I felt like my body and my mind were focused on improving daily. It’s amazing how all that time commuting to the office limited me to doing so many other much more enriching activities.
The second change I noticed was the autonomy. Without having to be in person at the office, it now depended exclusively on me how I distributed the time to complete the objectives that I set for myself. That was how I changed my perspective and started working with a results-oriented approach. It didn’t matter if he worked a few extra hours on some days or decided to just work a few hours in the morning: in the end, the only thing that mattered was what results he had achieved. Autonomy implies maturity and professionalism. Thanks to remote work, I learned to prioritize my activities, to create a work plan, to optimize meeting time and to work in a 100% virtual team.
Finally, I added two new activities to my way of life. The first was that he could work from anywhere in Colombia. And the second was that now I had more time to share with my family and friends. I was amazed at the flexibility I had to move to other places. Now I could fulfill my responsibilities, but also take time to have lunch with my family, travel to another city and spend time with my girlfriend’s family. It didn’t matter if he was on the beach, at home or in a hotel, the important thing was the goals he achieved every day.
From my experience, it is also one of the best ‘speech’ to ‘sell’ a job. After experiencing the ‘miracle’ of working remotely, today I know that for many the most important thing is not salary or job title. It is having a lifestyle that allows you to work from home. That is why when I see someone complain about the traffic jams at the office, about not having time to spend with the family, about continuing to postpone that trip because the vacations do not coincide, I tell them: “Hey me, I work in EPAM Anywhere And maybe you should do the same.
After all, this is a miracle worth sharing.
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