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.