Remote work myths run rampant across the Internet. Some believe the set-up is too good to be true… Or perhaps because people just refuse to believe that an employer would put so much trust in a person.
Unfortunately, these myths about telecommute jobs still persist. If you’re current looking to work remotely, don’t let these misconceptions get in the way of your goal. The time for excuses is over!
Remote Work Myths: Telecommuters earn less money
It is true that a lot of freelancers who work from home earn less money. But this is probably one of the most common remote work myths out there. We’ve seen it countless times in the past. In fact, some companies do actually expect employees to take a pay cut due to their remote set up. Often, though, these are small, inexperienced companies.
Statistics from the Global Workplace Analytics reveal that three quarters of employees with a telecommute set up actually earn over US$60,000 annually.
Remote work is only for millennials
God damn… Millennials. The countless articles about the Millennial generation are getting tiresome. But remote work is one of the myths that is continually perpetuated by various publications. Of course, it’s pretty understandable: Millennials tend to be rather tech-savvy and rely heavily on mobile technology. And yes, quite a lot of Millennials prefer to work at home.
But in fact… The ease and flexibility of remote work often means that people of all generations embrace it. Especially older folks, who for many years suffered long and tiring commutes only to sit in fluorescent-lit buildings all day.
Remote working is for everyone!
We’re a pretty big proponent of remote work and the advantages it has for employees… as well as the companies who employ them. However, probably one of the most dangerous remote work myths is that anyone can work at home. Which is simply not true.
The best telecommuters known how to stay disciplined. They may not have to stick to a schedule, but they can still get work done. In time.
Clear, concise and timely communication are also huge factors. Remote workers also need to be able to take initiative and consistently prod people in order to get projects done effectively and in time.
Remote workers are ALWAYS on the clock
Well… yes and no. It depends entirely on the job. Certain jobs require their employees to be online during certain times of the day, unless stated otherwise. Absences simply need to be communicated. Essentially, many of them require a certain amount of “contact hours”.
But for the most part, a lot of remote companies tend to let employees set their own schedule. The most important thing? That the work gets done… within the set deadline. And of course, they should stay in touch often. Sometimes it means sending the odd email at the weekend. But that also depends on the nature of the job.
One of the biggest remote work myths… Loneliness
I’ve worked at home for most of my career. Many of my friends believed these remote work myths, but this was probably the biggest one. It’s not entirely untrue, either. But there are also plenty of remote workers who have very, very active social lives.
For the most part, this remote work myth boils down to the fact that a lot of people also use work as their main hub of social activity. You spend eight hours a day sitting at home, working and don’t see anyone.
This can certainly be true… If you’re not good at taking the initiative to have an active social life. Experienced remote workers often have a much more active social life than their in-office counterparts. Primarily because they have to take the iniative.
After all, having a flexible schedule means being able to pop out for lunch. Or take a few hours’ break to watch a football game, or stay out late and not have get up early for a commute… The list goes on!