Following the onset of the global coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), the United States was forced to embrace remote work. Interestingly, despite no longer being in the office, employees remained productive. Increased employee productivity levels, combined with the reported higher levels of job satisfaction, have made the possibility of long-term remote work attractive to the American workforce.
Is Remote Work Right for Me?
According to ZDNet.com, “almost two-thirds (63%) of tech professionals said they expected to continue to work remotely.” Perhaps the most important factor that is driving the possibility of long-term remote working strategies is that employees’ productivity has actually increased. For example, findings from a leading study revealed a 13% performance increase in the productivity of employees at a NASDAQ-listed company.
As a remote worker, you have the ability to apply for technical job positions anywhere in the country without having to pay for living and housing costs in the chosen area. In addition, a large part of technical professionals’ work can be completed via a computer or smart device.
If remote work is the best long-term strategy for you and your lifestyle, here are the top 3 questions to ask your hiring manager in your next interview to land your remote technical job.
Question #1: How Do You Measure Success in this Role?
As a remote worker, it is imperative that you are clear on the methods the company or organization uses to measure success for their remote workforce. When you identify the key performance indicators (KPIs) you’re expected to meet from the onset of the working relationship, you will be able to work independently (and confidently) with the outlined performance goals in mind.
Question #2: What Are The Expectations for Overtime Work?
As a remote worker, you may be more likely to continue working past your contracted or salaried hours due to the convenience of not having to physically leave the office. If a work-life balance is important to you, understand the company’s expectations for overtime work so that you incorporate non-work related activities (such as personal time or family time) into your life accordingly.
Question #3: What Networking Events are Offered to Remote Employees?
With a mass shift to remote work, many employees are missing the traditional perks and benefits that come with being in the office. Happy hour or after work events were once optimal places to build professional and personal connections. If a key part of your professional experience includes bonding with your team members or office mates, ask your potential employer about the initiatives they have in place which encourage social networking.