What The Pandemic Has Taught Us About Remote Work
This article was first published on Forbes.com and authored by Jonathan Siddharth.
Jonathan Siddharth is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and Co-Founder of Turing.com. You can find him Jonathan @jonsidd on Twitter
In the two years since we started working on Turing, the world — and the tech sector, in particular — has experienced a tectonic shift that's only been accelerated by the Covid-19 crisis. On a recent earnings call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the company has seen two years of digital transformation occur in two months. Even companies that were resolutely opposed to people working from home have been forced to adopt new policies due to Covid-19 to keep their people safe.
While Covid-19 didn't initiate this change, it made it happen much faster. For companies like mine that have been remote-first from day one, little has changed during the crisis. For other companies, though, the pandemic has led to an incredible transformation in how they work, a shift that I expect will continue long after the crisis is in our rearview window.
In this article, I want to talk about what we've learned as a result of a large portion of the world suddenly working from home. I'll dig deeper into the tools, techniques, best practices and functional changes companies should consider as we adjust to this strange new version of normal in future posts.
I was sure that software engineers could work from anywhere since software teams already know how to work as distributed teams. What was not clear to me was how well other functions like sales, marketing, operations, HR and so on could work in a fully remote distributed context. It was also unclear how people would form new relationships and strengthen existing relationships in a fully remote context.