At Scrummers we’ve had to listen to a lot of myths and truths about remote working lately and it’s given us a very good idea to talk about it here.

As a result of everything we have been experiencing in the last few months, remote working or teleworking has become the “lifesaver” tool of the moment.

However, not everything is perfect and although there are pros and cons, there is also a lot of incorrect information about this working methodology that we love at Scrummers.

Some people believe that people who work at home don’t really work and this is a myth that many people with working methodologies, let’s say a bit obsolete, usually have.

There is a belief that having people in a job where they can be seen and with a certain schedule is productive but it is not.

Here we are going to tell you some myths and truths about remote working.

Productivity is reduced: False. This is a myth that, as we said before, may have been initiated by some bad experience or fear of losing track of the team.

Now we can find so many ways to follow up on day-to-day tasks, like Jira, Trello, Slack, or other tools, it’s a matter of adapting and finding the right people.

In many cases, productivity increases because removing the mobility part of the equation make people use that time to exercise, sleep a little more or do household chores, which makes them feel much better when they start working.

Also, sharing with their families for longer is a smoothing that contributes directly to productivity.

Remote working will isolate me from people: False. Perhaps whoever thinks this is a generally outgoing and social person, since imagining to share a friendly chat in the halls of the company to do it with the dog, is not the same.

At this point we want you to do an exercise and think about how much of your time in an office do you use to share with your colleagues? Usually, this time is minimal even if it seems not to be.

One of the ways to move these moments of leisure and rest from the office to the home is to use technology. Create groups, play games, and challenge your peers in the game of the moment.

You will find that although real interaction is much better, you can transform what you experience with your peers into positive experiences through other activities.

Of course, when we can be together again, that must be a time that we must necessarily put on our agenda.

Can’t separate work from personal life: False. Although this is one of the problems that many faces, because they have not set a specific schedule for work, this should not be a problem.

If you work in a company that allows you to work remotely, find out about the hours you would have in this mode of work. 

Organize your time just like you did when you had to leave for work, get up at the same time, and use the time for everything that can take minutes out of your working day.

Plan, rest, have lunch and when you have finished your workday, disconnect from everything to give your living space at home.

Do not continue to work long hours unless it is sporadic or in bed, because you must understand that even though you share the space for both activities, you must separate them to be productive in your work and happy in your personal life.

There are many distractions: True. We can’t deny that being at home we can get caught up in distractions like social networks, Netflix, or even dirty dishes.

As we told you in the previous point, you must separate and organize your activities.

Determine times of the day to cook and clean the kitchen, take out your dogs, or fast-forward through a chapter in your favorite series but do it in that time you earned by not having to leave to catch the bus.

Private data is in danger: False. If someone wants to steal your information or the company’s information, they will do so by sitting in the CEO’s chair.

But to give you peace of mind, technology has advanced so incredibly that teaching collaborators how to use cloud-based applications is one of the main steps in keeping technology teams secure and private.

Besides, adopting measures such as two-factor authentication or the use of VNPs are tools that more and more companies are using today.

So feel confident, your information will be safe as long as you take into account the recommendations and security tools that are on the market, both at home and at the office.

These were some of the myths and truths about remote working we heard most about remote working if you have any others you want to share with us, write them down in the comments.

At Scrummers before the new reality, we already adopted this methodology and we are proud to be able to say that despite the detractors, we have been successful in each of the projects we have worked on, doing so from anywhere in the world.

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