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So far I’ve been running Remote Game Jobs for a little over 3 months. And here are few things I noticed:

1. Many companies plan to keep remote work

While the situation of being forced into remote work is not ideal, and definitely different. Still many studios that have adapted to working remotely during covid-19 have grown to like the idea, and plan to integrate remote work at least to bigger extent once the pandemic is over. Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, and Zynga are all big names you probably heard about.

There is another interesting story from Sophie VO about how experience when she was building a team for Voodoo’s new office in Berlin just before the pandemic lockdown started. They had to move fully remote before they even got to know each other and establish any work process. She experimented with remote work idea just to get the team active, but the results surprised her that now she plans to allow several remote days per week once they are back in office, as a transition state to perhaps going fully remote. You can see her webinar here.

2. Some companies are specifically saying “No Remote”

I’ve seen it multiple times. I see job ad, and when I search for “Remote” I see “This job is not good for remote work”. But how is that a good thing? It means the pressure is rising on companies to provide remote work, and they keep getting asked by applicants if that’s something they consider.

3. No Remote is being criticized on social media

While even I admit remote work does come with its difficulties and needs time and planning to adapt to it, it definitely is working for small and big companies. Most of the time, saying “remote does not work” simply is a lie. Unless you’re working to build the next space shuttle to go into space, usually remote work is quite doable. And I’ve seen an increasing amount of people ridicule companies who don’t allow for remote work.

The demand is so popular, that I’m seeing other job boards whose target audience is not Remote Workers gradually changing their message to position themselves as “Remote” job board.

What does that mean? Few years down the road, companies that insist on you packing and moving to live within proximity of their office, and communicate to work daily in a small cubicle, are going to have tough time hiring talents. Talents will demand remote work, and when they don’t find get it, they will take the competitor’s job. So companies that want to attract the best talents are going to have to bend their rules.

The future is remote, and our children are going to experience a totally different world. They probably won’t understand why we had to go to work.


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    Interesting, and well done.

    This is a sample size of one, but a friend was interviewing early in the pandemic (March) and the company was committed to all-onsite, but went through the process even though she explained she needed to be remote and wasn’t interested in a >1 hour daily commute.

    In the weeks that followed, the company completely changed its policies around remote work. Through 2021.

    I think we’re still in the early days of this shift, and companies that have very hardened anti-remote rules will be revisiting them. And in many cases, evolving with the future.

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      Great to hear such stories :). Thanks for sharing

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      Thanks for sharing the post Bashar - you have put across some very interesting points!

      There is another interesting story from Sophie of Voodoo game studio who had to move fully remote before the team even got to know each other and establish any work process. She experimented with remote work but the results surprised her that now she plans to allow several remote days per week once they are back in office, as a transition state to perhaps going fully remote.

      Perfect example! People talk a lot about big companies like Facebook, Twitter etc. going remote but there are numerous such small/ medium-scale companies that have observed surprisingly great results with the sudden remoteness situation. And they are planning to embrace remote, at least partially, in the near future.

      We conducted a survey few months back and found that 50% of the 892 respondents said their company has changed remote working policies permanently. And this is even before the announcements by the likes of Twitter, Shopify etc.

      I am curious to know if Antony (@acron) has any interesting insights to share with us on this. He’s been running RemoteWorks (https://remote.works-hub.com), a dev focussed remote job board, for quite some time now.

      @acron: Would love to hear your thoughts on what changes you’ve observed post COVID-19.

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        Thanks for the hook @hrishikesh.

        Yeah so there is definitely a lot of change going on in the job space. I agree with point 1, there are a lot of clients who are committing to the change after seeing the positive changes in their workforce. Although whether they are truly committed, we will only see in time. I think organisations will struggle more than they expect to, especially when it comes to hiring; traditionally a very tangible and personal experience.

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          Great point Antony. Companies even earlier had 1 or more virtual interviews in their process but it is usually complemented with multiple in-person rounds. It is going to be a big change to shift to an entirely remote hiring process. Plus, the evaluation itself needs to be quite different when hiring for remote positions.

          However, I am hoping companies will find their own ground with time, just that the initial period might be a struggle.

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          Thanks. Just to clarify one point, Voodoo is not a small startup. It’s been around for 7 years now and with 60 employees. But it’s not the giant corporation also.

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            Right, I actually meant to write companies that aren’t the same scale as FB or Twitter - just edited my response :)

            I think I also got a little confused when you said ‘freshly formed game studio’. I am assuming this is a new studio they have started?

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              Oh yes. I see now. I did not explain this part. The company is not new, but their Berlin office was a new one :).

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                Perfect - saw that you edited that part as well :-)

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                  Yes was confusing as you mentioned