The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten on Smash Notes

439: The Remote Work Report 2019

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What is the Remote Work Report? 03:29

While remote work has been around for a long time, and many people have been working in distributed and remote teams for decades, it has been growing in popularity over the last couple of years, specifically with high growth startups in San Francisco.

The Remote Work Report is a comprehensive look on the subject of remote work, created by Usefyi, one of Hiten's companies. They surveyed 486 people at various startups and summarized challenges and benefits of working remotely. If your company is considering remote work, this is a great resource to see how others are doing it.


What is included in the Remote Work Report? 01:39

Hiten Shah surveyed 400+ remote employees and found out that while everyone loves remote, it comes with some challenges. The report itself contains tips and tricks on how to make remote work the best for the employees, and the company.

Check out the Remote Work Report and learn more.


What is the number #1 challenge with remote work? 04:57

We have not figured out how to deal with ourselves.

In an office environment, a lot of structure is provided for you. You are told exactly when to show up and when to leave. You are told exactly when to go to eat. You get social interactions with co-workers, and these social rules of engagement are understood.

In a remote company, the structure does not exists. You have to build it from scratch.


Why is discipline so crucial to remote work success? 06:08

Often time, people who are looking for remote work want the freedom to travel, to move, to work whenever and whoever. Unfortunately for some, to be successful while working remotely, it is imperative to have the discipline to design your work life, and not everyone is ready or able to do it well.


Can remote work be a burden on the employer? 08:50

Yes. Remote workers without the discipline to work remotely will have emotional problems and it won't work out for them or for the company.

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Episode Description

In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about the brand new remote work report.
Working remotely is on the rise these days, and while being able to work from outside of a company’s office has been possible for a while, working remotely is only now becoming mainstream.
In today’s episode, Steli and Hiten talk about the remote work report that was conducted by the FYI team, key lessons that were learned from creating the report, some interesting statistics about remote working and much more. 
Time Stamped Show Notes:
00:00 About today’s topic.
00:32 Why this topic was chosen.
01:38 Hiten dives into what the report is.
02:25 How to download the report.
03:46 One of the key lessons learned from creating the report.
03:19 Some interesting stats about remote working.
04:26 Some challenges of remote working.
05:22 How remote working helps you learn to deal with yourself.
06:55 Why discipline is super important when working remotely.
09:06 How a lack of discipline can be detrimental to remote workers and employees.
3 Key Points:
Everyone loves remote work.91% of remote workers said working remotely is a good fit for them.We’ve not really figured out how to deal with ourselves.
Steli Efti: Hey everybody. This is Steli Efti
Hiten Shah: This is Hiten Shah.
Steli Efti: Today on The Startup Chat we're going to talk about the brand new remote work report, brought to you by no other than the OG Hiten Shah, and FYI. You guys, I've been following this for a good amount of time Hiten. You've been tweeting like a madman asking the interwebs for the cutest dog pictures when they work remotely, their work setup, all kinds of things. Really almost daily there's been some compelling question that you have had for the workers of companies that work remotely, for the remote work community. I've been really impressed with the level of engagement, the level of feedback answers. There's a lot of stuff going on. I'm sure that you've published polls, and surveys, and all kinds of stuff. All of this knowledge has now accumulated into one pretty badass report. Why don't you tell us a little bit about the report, and then we'll highlight a few tidbits for people. What can people learn about remote work in 2019, and where can they get the report to learn even more.
Hiten Shah: Yeah. Yes, I did that, and FYI I did that, meaning all those tweets. It was so much fun. I don't think I've ever had more fun creating content in my life because we asked about people's remote work setups. A lot of people shared their photos of their setups. We asked people about cute pet photos, so we got a hundred plus cute pet photos to put into our report. We also did a survey, and it ended up being about almost 500 people that filled it out. We learned a lot about remote work. We also partnered with a company called Miro, They do a collaborative whiteboard. That was fun. Before I continue, you can get the report. There's a Bitly link. It's That easy, and you can check it out. It's over 30,000 pixels in terms of heighth, so it's really long. One of the most fantastic things Steli, was that we actually got over 150 tips about remote work, so it's like a whole directory of tips from people who work remotely. They're in 13 different categories. One of the key things we learned is that, and this ended up being the title of the report, which is that everyone loves remote work.
Steli Efti: Everyone loves remote work.
Hiten Shah: Yeah, that's it. That's it. I mean that's like the big thing, and obviously there's challenges to it. It was interesting to learn that everyone loves remote work, yet there are challenges to it. It's interesting. Right? What we learned, and I'll get some stats,

Episode notes last updated on August 26, 2019 23:17

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