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Is Freelancing, Distributed Team Setup and Coworking Spaces can Improve Employees Lifestyle?

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Freelance marketplace Upwork has re-tweeted an interesting tweet from Mitchell Harper that reads:

I strongly believe in 5 years people will laugh at the idea of commuting an hour each way to an office where they pretend to be productive from 9-5, non stop.

If your team isn’t distributed now, you’re missing one of the biggest productivity shifts in our lifetime.

It made me believe even stronger that wasting couple of hours in tiring traffic of Noida not just kills our time but makes us inefficient at office. If your company has 100 employees traveling up-down to office, there is wastage of on an average 200 of valuable hours per day. Most of the employees use vehicles for commutation that consumes a lot of energy and regularly contribute in bad effect of rising pollution.

These are obvious and widely known disadvantages of conventional office setup. However, every big company are following same old concept. Google and Apple went fully Solar, but yet to set distributed teams.

One of my friends left his job and become full time freelancer at Upwork. I have been witnessing some wonderful changes in his lifestyle. Previously he was a guy who remains frustrated all the time, but today no one in our circle is happier than him. He stays at home, started practicing yoga, meditation, reading, swimming and takes weekly vacations to travel tourist spots. These newly adopted habits is changing his life for good. And these all become possible because he has avoided daily commutation of couple of hours and started investing his time in doing something that can add value to his life.

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Being an introvert, he doesn’t like to share his idea of making difference to people around him. This gives me a leverage to write my first article on Linkedin. According to him, IT companies have freedom to setup distributed team as they have tools to monitor performance of employees. Tools and platforms like TimeDoctor, Upwork, Guru and many others can cut your office expenses and employees will have freedom to work from Home/Goa/Any of convenient place.

When it comes to employee training or vocational educations. This also available online through like Coursera, Unacademy and many others. These platforms have world renowned faculties and have university courses that was never available before. So, we have a lot of comfort today to be efficient at work. Unnecessary tiring office traveling and setups in IT industry must be vanished to achieve multiple advantages.

Many of you might have a thought that even this much advantages there is major issue, I have a lot of distractions at home and I would not be able to perform well by concept that has been in discussion. I think, this is just a state of mind which come from our conventional upbringing where work happens only at office and rest at home. Just start working from home, you might get off the mark within few weeks.

Even you do have same problem after few weeks of trying working from home and not find yourself efficient enough then don’t worry. As idea of startup, freelancing, blogging and many others are on boom. Their facilitators like coworking spaces also booming simultaneously all across the Globe. Today it is not difficult to find a coworking space near to your home in any of major cities across India or world. If you want to write me an article on location and sector wise coworking spaces in Noida or India, then please comment below. Also let me know, how is the concept of distributed office seems to you?

Author: Akriti Puja

Feminism floats through her blood. Big fan of Ekta Kapoor super-heroine stories. Trying for a decade to get rid of Indian TV serials, but always ends her day with “Nagin”. Can’t tolerate anything wrong against women. Handles “Pink Diary” Column.


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