Welcome back to another Remote Work Tribe Weekly Roundup! If this is your first rodeo, the Weekly Roundup is a collection of anything and everything that’s been happening in the remote work landscape—from the latest in team meetings to newest remote team additions. This week, we want to talk about something super significant: The 2021 State of Remote Work!
The State of Remote Work is a report curated by Buffer, based on a global survey of 2,300 remote workers. Following the craziness that was 2020, the report this year was a bit different—it included not only those who were remote by choice, but also those who started working remotely suddenly… and during a pandemic.
In fact, a massive 45% of respondents to this year’s State of Remote Work survey are working remotely due to COVID-19.
One of the most interesting findings of the State of Remote Work survey, as highlighted by co-founder and CEO of Buffer Joel Gascoigne, is that nearly half of those who were new to remote working this year shared that they are working more now than they were in office.
I want to call attention to one question that we asked folks who are new to remote working this year. 45% shared that they are working more now that they are working remotely. It looks like a lot of companies should be aware of the potential for burnout in their team this year. pic.twitter.com/uQza6OlWQe— Joel Gascoigne (@joelgascoigne) February 10, 2021
Joel makes an excellent point that those working longer hours, without the camaraderie of teammates backing them up, may be on fast-track to burnout.
Burnout is a key risk to those who are starting to work remotely for the first time. My advice to company leaders is to be aware of these trends and work to minimize burnout as much as possible by establishing processes that encourage time off of work and away from computers.— Joel Gascoigne (@joelgascoigne) February 10, 2021
If you haven’t checked them out yet, Remote Work Tribe has written an entire eBook’s worth of burnout resources (coming to Amazon soon!). Throughout our research, we echo Joel’s sentiment—burnout prevention starts and ends with leadership.
That could be why Joel, who runs Buffer’s operations, has implemented a shorter work week for his employees.
At Buffer, we’ve been working a 4-day workweek for 10 months now and I believe it is having a noticeable impact on minimizing the rate of burnout for our team. More on that change:https://t.co/Jzl2VbVE08— Joel Gascoigne (@joelgascoigne) February 10, 2021
To learn more about this year’s State of Remote Work, click here. But before you go, check out the latest from your fellow remote workers!
The Tribe’s Weekly Vibes
1. This reminder of the power of community.
2. This extensive thread of remote work benefits.
3. This extremely accurate list of common Zoom intros.
4. This new addition to add to the “I wish Zoom would” wishlist.
5. This simple truth behind actually focusing.
6. This awesome thread about building solid communities.
7. This growing reminder all Clubhouse participants need to hear… or should we yell it?
8. This adorable remote work Valentine.
9. This daily pep talk we all need to be having.
10. This quick note to try hiding those bad remote work habits from mom.