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Everywhere you look around, remote work is in lead.

Coffee shops and restaurants, temporary offices and co-working spaces, train stations, and airports.

Even private and public spaces are full of people doing their job remotely.

Undoubtedly, it is inevitable and learn more: Why remote is the inevitable future of work


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    For sure it’s becoming more acceptable and convenient for individuals, workers.

    Remote has always been the way software has operated as has been the case for open source. So it’s been quite natural that tech and devs have really embraced the arrangements.

    On the company side though, I think we still need more champions to show the way - like Buffer or Automattic (Wordpress), companies that are successful and able to tell their stories to inspire others to follow suit.

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      Absolutely second that Justin. I surely feel that there’s still a good amount of knowledge base lacking on the company side. There’s a lot of scope for companies to share their learnings, processes etc. specific to their field/ industry.

      Almost every distributed company before COVID-19 was primarily a tech firm and the way they operate or work remotely aligned in a way naturally. But during & post COVID-19, we are seeing remote work adoption across industries (automobile, education etc.) and there’s still lack of good knowledge base shared around this.

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        In just the scope of tech companies, I’d be keen to see how well the distributed concept applies to hardware teams. Software/Internet is such a natural fit for decentralized collaboration, but more tactile projects, in my limited understanding of them, seem as they’d be at a disadvantage.

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          Great point Justin. I actually got a little curious about this after reading your comment and started browsing on how hardware companies like Nvidia are managing remote work. Couldn’t find much about the hardware teams in these companies but found a couple of interesting articles on how the software teams in there manage working remotely (which is also quite challenging) - Link 1, Link 2.

          Still doesn’t address your point on how well the distributed or remote concept applies to hardware teams - will keep looking though :)

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            I fully agree with everything in this thread so far. There are definitely companies that have certain people that must be in person - for hardware development or other research/biotech work. And there aren’t really good examples of how to make that work.

            I think a lot comes down to how the company culture is managed. I’ve worked in a company that wasn’t really defined as “remote”, but we had a group working in a home office, and then a group that worked onsite at client sites. There was always a “grass is greener” attitude from each group about the other. We learned how important it was to set expectations really early, that we needed to share context for why some people were in one situation or the other, and that we needed to build a culture of appreciation for what we have versus frustration about what we don’t have (or what others do have).

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              Explained well, Nancy! I think that every company planning to switch to the hybrid model must instill this mindset to their employees to make sure that conflicts do not arise between both the teams.

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                Fantastic point Nancy. Hybrid is by far the most challenging and often, quite unavoidable as you rightly stated for hardware development, research etc.

                Quite an interesting example you shared. I am curious to know more about any insights or learnings you had from the entire experience. Must be really tough have 2 groups in entirely different setting/ situation thinking the others are better off.

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        Hey Raghu,

        I guess you missed adding the link to the post. Could you help us with that?

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            Sure, I have edited the original post.