Why candidates should be more flexible with remote work

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The pandemic accelerated the existing trend in remote jobs for IT professionals. A blessing for many, with countless advantages of working from home or anywhere in the world. While companies and recruiters are still finding their way through this new era, candidates are showing their preferences: to work fully remote. But what does full-remote truly mean and how does it affect the recruitment process? In this post, we explore why we think candidates should be more flexible when negotiating remote work.

The true meaning of “full-remote”

Full-remote work means that you can fully perform your job without going to the company office – at all. It allows you to always work from home or anywhere else. This trend has been increasing in the last years with the rise of digital nomads, and, lately, people got stuck at home because of COVID-19.

How full remote can be harmful to candidates

It interferes with your recruitment process

We get it: tech professionals are in high demand and you have high-value skills. So, during the recruitment process, you make sure you negotiate your working conditions – and working fully remote is, of course, part of the package.

When a company is open to remote work – due to the pandemic context or as part of their policies – it is a good sign. You enjoy the company’s flexibility and see it as a place where you would like to work. But, when you ask to work fully remote, you are basically saying that you want them to be 100% flexible with you, but that you are not flexible with them.

So, even though tech professionals are in high demand, there is no wonder that some recruitment processes end at this phase. Companies are being flexible but candidates, sometimes, are not. This means recruiters exclude candidates that are struggling to negotiate and find a solution that fits both.

A more democratic way to hire talent

If, on one hand, working full remote allows you to work for a company anywhere, it’s also has a big disadvantage. Full-remote also means that companies can hire anyone from anywhere. So, instead of competing with 50 candidates from your city, you are competing with dozens of amazing candidates from all over the world. It gets scary when you put it in this perspective, right?

You will be a service provider

Without personal contact between team members, it gets more challenging to maintain the company culture and team spirit. People don’t know you, you don’t know them. It’s like you are not part of the team – you are a service provider.

And let us be honest: if you work fully remote and have no personal contact with your team, it’s easier to get detached and it will maybe have a negative impact on your productivity too.

The impact on salaries

This brings us to another very valid point: the salary. Hiring from anywhere in the world makes the process more democratic and soon the measure will be skills VS. price. If companies can get great consultants for lower prices, it will definitely decrease salaries overall if they adopt the full-remote.

What exactly are you looking for?

We invite you to assess what remote work really means to you:

  • Are you willing to go to the office just for meetings?
  • Can you go there once per week or twice a month?
  • Are you comfortable with joining your team at the office if needed?

Being flexible and still making sure your priorities are straight is the key to a good negotiation of your working conditions. Assess what you value and be transparent – companies are still discovering this new reality.

The future is hybrid

We believe the future is hybrid work. Some companies are doing 80% remote and 20% on-site, for example. Some established the team goes to the office when needed. Personal contact with the team is essential and will always be needed, at least to meet and build a relationship with the team. That is why companies remain keen to have the people in the office at least some days per month, to reactivate the team dynamic and relationships among the team.

We believe you should be open to some kind of flexibility, like going to the office some days per month, for example. This allows you to work and get paid the salary/rate where the company is (Belgium, Netherlands, UK, etc). This makes it easier for you to build trust, and prove yourself a key player in the team. From there, you can ask for a higher percentage of remote work or go the days needed to the office all in the same week.

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