Your guide to hybrid remote work in the tech industry

20 May 2022

For those looking for the flexibility of hybrid working, a career in tech could be just what you’re looking for.

The rapid move to remote work
Since the pandemic became a reality in 2020, remote working has become a part of our everyday existence. With companies having had to make a quick shift to working online, we have seen how viable remote work is for a range of industries. However, the concept of remote working has been around for a much longer time in the tech industry, with companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google leading the way and now allowing their employees to work remotely on a long-term basis.

Now, in 2022 many companies, including Digi, have implemented a hybrid structure between office and home, making flexible remote working a permanent part of their culture. According to Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, “Remote work is the future of work.” And employers and employees need to take note. 

Remote working and tech: A match made in heaven
Remote work and technology go hand-in-hand, even before COVID it was common for developers to have the flexibility to work remotely from time to time. Some companies have adopted a full remote strategy since the pandemic, but most have adopted a FLEXIBLE model, allowing employees to balance remote and in-office work. Getting the benefits of face-to-face collaboration with the freedom and flexibility of remote working.

Flexible job options in the tech industry

Many roles within the tech industry are suited for people who want to work between home and office. These include:
· Software Engineer
· Cloud Solutions Architect
· App Developer
· Database Administrator
· DevOps Engineer
· Security Engineer
· Systems Administrator
· Web/Graphic Designer
· UX Designer
· Customer Support
· Leaning Designer
· IT Support

Tips to excel when working between home and office

If you’re starting on your hybrid-remote work journey, here are some tips to get the most out of your time at home and in the office. 

  • Maintain regular work hours – When you’re working from home ensuring you stick to a schedule allows you to still get the most out of remote working.
  • Setup a dedicated home office space – working from the couch or at a dining table is not just bad for your posture but leaves you open to distractions.
  • Use your time saved on commuting for your wellness – whether that means enjoying an hour of exercise or upskilling yourself, you can use this time for you. 
  • Stay connected with your colleagues – Coordinate with co-workers to work on the same day. 
  • Utilise your time in-office effectively – Get the most out of face-to-face time with your team leaving time for brainstorms and important collaborative meetings at the office. 

Why we love hybrid work:

By implementing a flexible hybrid work structure at DigiOutsource we’ve benefited both our people and our company. 
Benefits for our people:

  • Flexible working and heightened productivity: You can manage your work style and workload. You decide when and where you are most productive. As business and productivity author Tim Ferriss says, “Focus on being productive instead of busy.”
  • Better work-life balance: “People today value workplace flexibility and remote work because it allows them to focus their energies on work and life as opposed to commuting,” according to Ken Matos, a workforce strategy consultant. When your commute is less frequent, you can spend more time at home with your family. You don’t have to leave early and come home late, feeling exhausted after spending time in traffic every day. 
  • Employee Wellness: According to a Gallup survey, remote workers had stress levels that were 82% lower than their full-time office counterparts as a flexible work structure allows people to have a better work-life balance.

 Benefits for the company:

  • Increased productivity: According to a Stanford study, employees who have the opportunity to work remotely are 13% more productive, work longer hours, and take fewer breaks. Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg says, “People are more productive working at home than people would have expected. Some people thought that everything was just going to fall apart, and it hasn’t.”
  • Lower employee turnover: The State of Remote Work report said that hybrid work structures improve retention and employee loyalty. When companies acknowledge that employees have lives outside of work that requires work flexibility, employees feel more supported and thus remain more loyal to the company.

Interested in flexible remote-working in the tech industry?Apply for a role at DigiOutsource. If you’re wanting to enjoy the benefits of remote working but are not yet in the tech industry or just want to add extra expertise to your CV, upskill yourself with CodeSpace courses.