Is Working from Home good for future of the Software Industry?

Working from home has become the new norm after the onslaught of the pandemic in 2019. As a result, the entire world economy was shifted to accommodate this development. The very obvious answer to this was remote working.

Which, for better or worse, worked in the long term.

But now that life is going back to the way it used to be — Is working from home really the best way forward? And what impact does it have on the software industry?

To answer that we can look at the pros and cons of working from home from the perspective of software developers and how it impacts both employers and employees. Particularly their work ethic and productivity.

Here are the pros and cons of working from home if you’re a software developer:

PROS

Working from home comes with a lot of merits.

Especially if all your job entails is sitting at your desk for long hours completing your work on your monitors. You can do that at home too.

Some of the major advantages of working from home are:

1. More independence to work.

2. You can keep your own hours of work.

3. There is freedom in work, which leads to more productivity.

4. There aren’t any workplace distractions.

5. You can balance your work and home life more easily.

CONS

With such advantages, there are also a lot of disadvantages to working from home. Mainly having to do with limited resources and mismanagement of time.

Some of which are:

1. You won’t be privy to important information as readily.

2. Access to high-performance technologies that workplaces invest in is difficult.

3. You will face distractions in the form of household chores or activities.

4. You will be isolated from the work environment, which can lead to tardiness in work schedules.

5. There is a disconnect from all workplace decorum.

How will the Software Industry cope?

Every field is impacted as this issue touches all corners of the world. The software industry is no exception.

Many sources have cited that working a software developer’s job from the comfort of your home is both a blessing and a deterrent.

On one hand, you have the luxury and comfort of your own space, and you can keep your own hours. Using them to dedicate as much or little time as you need to complete your work. Without having to worry about office regularities.

While on the other hand, you will have limited supplies and interactions with your team members or colleagues. Which can lead to huge gaps in communications, which proves hazardous.

Not to mention how you can suffer from burnout if your environment isn’t conducive to productivity.

And if you have to conduct important business meetings through Zoom all the time, important parts of workplace interactivity are missing.

Is Remote Working the Future for the Software Industry?

It all depends on the nature of your projects. Certain high-scale projects require heavy artillery i.e. high powered machines, which we do not have at home. These projects have lengthy developmental periods, and the designing phase requires constant vigilance and interactions with your team members.

Then comes the testing phase which must also be conducted locally, to produce results more quickly and efficiently.

There are projects that can be done better from the comfort of your couch. You can implement all facets of their development from home and check in occasionally with your colleagues when there is progress. In fact, you might even benefit from working that way.

Final Verdict:

There is no set answer for whether the software industry will shift all of its focus on remote working when workplace project development is working in our favor. For short-term projects or in the case of other urgent cases—i.e. say a global pandemic that forces you to stay indoors—you can definitely work from home.

But the real progress is in working locally rather than remotely.

We can’t equip our employees with all the necessary tools and their work progress can’t be as easily monitored if they are physically unavailable.

So, while working from home may work in certain circumstances, it is not the immediate future of the software industry.

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