04 November, 2020 

Remote Work Or Office: What To Choose For The Technology Team

There are a number of possible scenarios that should be considered when it comes to a team working on their own product in the IT field.
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Remote Work Or Office: What To Choose For The Technology Team

In most European countries there is a gradual easing of quarantine measures. But the threat of COVID-19 has not yet passed, and the invention of the vaccine is unlikely to pass.

Companies need to decide what strategy they will choose not only in terms of business development - it's time to think about how you will continue to interact with your colleagues, subordinates, and business partners.

Hard script: All on remote

Large corporations and small startups alike now view this scenario as a priority, as the situation with the release and introduction of coronavirus vaccines is still unclear.

Under this scenario, the company's employees have to switch to a 100% remote mode. The company only needs to ensure working conditions, equipment, and stability of the Internet connection and data protection.

Advantages of this scenario:

— Minimize contacts with a large number of people in the transport, at bus stops, in public places

— Minimize the cost of disinfection of premises and personal protective equipment for employees

— Creating a comfortable working environment with reduced time for its installation (comfortable chair + table + work laptop as the minimum required set)

— Reduce the cost of renting office space.

Disadvantages of this scenario:

— The psychological state of workers in conditions of isolation and lack of real contact can deteriorate significantly if the conditions of remote work and forced social restraint to continue as it has for the past 60 days

— Not all areas of the IT industry can fully transfer development and workflows to a remote location: for example, the hardware industry and experimental research cannot be conducted outside specially equipped workshops, laboratories, or test benches. Workers in this field will have to go to work one way or another

— Not all employees of your company have full conditions for arranging a separate workplace at home. Children, pets, limited space, elderly relatives - all this may be the reason that stress and distractions will only increase in the conditions of further work in remote mode.

Medium scenario: The office will be a meeting place, but not a job

If we do not talk about the complete abandonment of office work by the end of the year, the office space can be seen as a platform that combines human resources, serves as a kind of "forum" or "agora" where (as in ancient Greece) citizens can meet and discuss problems, identify important issues, make decisions - and go to work.

Advantages of this scenario:

— Working remotely in quarantine has shown that most meetings can be easily replaced by online discussions and writing detailed technical specifications instead of holding multiple meetings, rallies, and stand-ups. You should meet in the office only when you need to discuss and view live information

— The office will still play a representative role and will become a platform for receiving partners, conducting interviews, organizing conference calls. The office can also become a location for the launch of educational, informational, media products that require the creation of media content and filming in the appropriate modern business interior (which is difficult to achieve in 100% remote mode)

— Flexible scheduling and division of working hours will always lead to hectic life in the office (albeit 24/7, if the format of the company), but it is not necessary to gather a whole crowd of people at once and in one place.

— Company employees will learn to work with management to create a flexible schedule, differentiate between the busiest and busiest hours, optimize the frequency of appearance in the office and get more time for their own work, rather than getting to it or holding meetings.

Disadvantages of this scenario:

— It needs a very mature team: when not only managers but also ordinary employees understand that you need to work even when you do not have "behind" the leadership, and all processes are not "in the palm of your hand", as is usually the case in open spaces

— There will be those who very seldom go to the office, and those who will sit there constantly - and results of work thus can appear better at "stay-at-home" of workers, instead of at fans of an office cooler (and can - and on the contrary, there is no clear dependence, as we saw in our own team). And this will pose certain problems in terms of personnel

— Under such a scenario, companies should be willing to pay part of the time to rent virtually empty office space, which will be significantly "underutilized" compared to the "pre-quarantine" era.

Mild scenario: It's time to go back to the offices, but there are options

It is possible that in Ukraine the time of this scenario will come in July or late June - and perhaps only in the fall of 2020. This development provides that everyone returns to office work with the opportunity to work remotely 1 day a week and subject to the conditions of social distancing in the office, the use of disposable utensils, and antiseptics for personal use and general disinfection of premises.

Advantages of this scenario:

— In fact, it will resemble the "pre-test" times, but with some adjustments and taking into account the realities of the mask regime and the need for disinfection

— The business will be able to 90% switch to the usual mode of operation without the need to introduce additional data protection technologies, incur additional costs for equipment, Internet, or other "chips" for employees, which would provide a full workplace experience at home Socialization and communication in the team will not be interrupted.

Disadvantages of this scenario:

— Additional costs will increase: hygiene, sanitation, transportation for employees who do not want to use public transport before the official start of vaccination

— Risks will also increase: a mild scenario will actually mean consciously ignoring the fact that the incidence rate is still high, and that 1 potential sick employee is enough to make everyone in the office sick.

The scenario for optimists (or reckless): Everyone goes "to society"

So far, either real desperation or those who have spent the previous few months somewhere in a deserted wilderness have not seen him, have not seen medical reports and WHO forecasts. He predicts that everyone will go to the office as if nothing had happened. However, the benefits of such a scenario will not be so much.

Advantages of this scenario:

— The manager will finally be able to see that everyone is in the office, so the work is going on (hint: this is not the case, people can simulate activities in the office no less successfully than they did remotely at home, and here it is worth mentioning the motivation in my previous column).

Disadvantages of this scenario:

— With an 80% chance, the next outbreak of coronavirus will start with such companies

— Employees will have to choose between the risk of falling ill and endangering their loved ones - or the opportunity to work remotely in a company that will still practice telecommuting, so the outflow of staff from your company is inevitable.

— The level of stress will increase sharply because after 60 days at home, people will be forced to suddenly start contacting everyone - and this will also affect them not in the best way.

How to use cryptocurrencies and blockchain in any scenario

Whatever scenario your company chooses - to move to a remote job or return to the office - it will definitely find a place for cryptocurrency payments, and here's why.

Events in the United States and the general economic recession on the planet are leading to a weakening of traditional currencies and growing business interest in cryptocurrencies. News from Switzerland on cryptocurrency transactions is just another confirmation of this.

Salary transfers, settlements with partners, currency exchange to pay for a one-click contract - all this can be done more securely and efficiently than traditional banks now offer.

Smart contracts and blockchains know no borders, cancellation of banks' operations, or delays in the work of lawyers due to forced office closures. And here, too, there will be a significant increase in business interest.

2020 in its first half has not been an easy year yet - but choosing new work formats and paying for the same work can change it for the better, at least for those involved in IT. And we should work in this direction.

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