The definition for remote employment model, which is often confused with freelance model, is constantly expanding based on changing business world and new job descriptions.
A freelancer is a basically an independent contractor working on a specific project. A remote worker is an actual employee of a company, but she/he works remotely instead of a typical office environment.
In today's world, most of the work is done via computers, except those based on physical labor or one-on-one conversation in the marketing sector. In general, most projects include design, copywriting and coding, and they all have to work with each other. Remote working has several advantages over an office. Both the company and the remote employees have not only financial but also time management gains.
The advantages of this system are not limited to minimizing office expenses and all other logistics costs for companies. In this system, the time needed for commute can be applied to project hours, thus decreasing the total number of working days needed for a project to be finalized.
However, it is very important that the project is fully organized before the work can start. Doing business with a team possibly scattered all around the globe requires an organizational ability.
The benefits of remote work for employees are numerous. Flexible working hours, flexible day-offs, the time spent for the commute, not being affected by unexpected weather conditions during the winter season are some of the obvious benefits. This type of employment model, which is generally thought to be limited to working from home, gives the possibility of working from anywhere that has an internet connection. This increases the area of freedom of the employee and created more respect, attachment and motivation for the project and the company they are working for.
These are the advantages of remote employment. Disadvantages can be the difficulty to have everyone on the same time zone and keep the team on the same page due to challenging communication needs. It might be hard to keep the team spirit when no one sees each other face-to-face. However, these disadvantages can be eliminated by successful planning.
Remote employment model is truly a team work. It’s vital that everyone on the team - from the project manager to the designer, etc. – is aware of their own responsibilities. The work schedule, the project planning and the distribution of tasks are very important for a success and progression of the project. If all employees constantly remain in touch and are aware of their own responsibilities, any project would be completed successfully and everyone on the team would enjoy the process.
This system, where you can work from anywhere with a cup of coffee and an internet connection, is becoming a more and more preferred method for companies worldwide. We observe that the most important employees of corporates, are gradually moving towards this system. Office workers in some overseas companies work outside the office 1 or 2 days a week. This shows that remote employment is embraced by many big and small companies.
Following these transformations in the changing and transforming business world with the effect of Industry 4.0 and taking a new position accordingly is seen as one of the most important ways of staying up to date and relevant in the future.