After receiving quite a few enquiries for in-office positions and politely declining to all of them, I figured I'd respectfully explain my reasons in detail.
In the end, it's actually mutually beneficial for both parties. This is why:
- No distractions, meaning I'm able to engage in deep work and maximise flow. This leads to astronomical improvements in performance: flow increases productivity up to 500%, creativity over 400%, and the rate of learning over 490%. Just these three facts alone make this reason stand on its own.
- I've optimised my home office for health and productivity. This includes my standing-walking treadmill desk, which not using is detrimental for my health. You may be surprised to know prolonged sitting is comparable to smoking.
- I have a strict wellness routine, involving many things I can only do at home. This consumes many hours of my day, but is essential for my health and productivity.
- No commute, which impedes my productivity because I have less time for important tasks, such as the previous one (wellness). Time is limited, so I minimise chores as much as possible for more important tasks.
- It enables a flexible schedule that fits my lifestyle, ultimately enabling me to be happier and more productive. It's a win-win for both of us.
- I enjoy solitude. As an introvert, I'm friendly and adept at communication, of course, but I'm here to do great work. Spending time on unnecessary social interactions in the workplace could've been spent producing results for your company. It's also distracting, as mentioned in the first point in this list. Communicating digitally is perfectly fine with modern tools (which your company should already be using).
- Nature is my home. I don't like cities, and remote work enables me to live wherever I want. I love frequent nature walks, partly because it improves happiness and productivity. I'm not going to relocate or spend much time there merely for the sake of employment, considering ample remote work is available.
- My method progresses my career most effectively. Working for companies that don't respect this is thwarting my progress in the long run. I can't just think short-term, I need to think long-term and how to use my time most productively. As explained in all previous points, working remotely is the best way for me to do that.
I'd even go as far to say companies that don't honour deep work are severely wasting their time, money, and resources. It's what enables maximum productivity and creativity, which of course lends itself to extraordinary results.
If you're sceptical of this approach, I highly recommend reading Deep Work by Cal Newport. This should thoroughly debunk any objections you have. It's one of my favourite books and is the holy grail of productivity, explaining the concept in detail.
So if you want to hire me, it's in your best interest for a remote work arrangement. Not only because of the above points, but because I have plenty of experience successfully working remotely with other clients. And if it worked for them, it'll work for you, too. If you want other in-office people, that's cool, but it doesn't work for me and is therefore unproductive for both of us.
There are some exceptions of course, as not all jobs can be performed remotely. And these are honestly positions I have no interest in, nor do I need to fulfill given the abundance of remote work available today.
It's also worth mentioning with the way the world is going, remote working is becoming very popular. If your company isn't adapting to this trend, you're going to be in for a shock. It's best to start now.