Pros and Cons of Being a Work at Home Programmer

Before, tech companies would lure job candidates to the workplace with promises of free meals and office gym usage, but now there is a shifting professional landscape that business owners must contend with in order to keep up with the increasing variety of candidate who are just not interested in coming into the office anymore. In a recent 2019 survey, researchers found that over 53 percent of programmers had ranked remote work opportunities as one of their top five valued benefits. Many even valued it as their most important benefit, putting it over healthcare, professional development and working hours.

Though it is an advantageous system for engineers and developers, such practices have been difficult for hiring managers to work with. Business owners and project managers will need to come to terms with the changing landscape, especially for employees who come with just enough clout to consider negotiating such terms more aggressively. The number of professionals who have been working full-time from home has also been growing at an incredible yearly rate of just over 11 percent. These statistics are based on reports over the past decade, and the growth is typically not evenly distributed.

Studies found that employees who are typically more experienced and better paid will request to work at home more often, while engineers and programmers who are just starting out in the industry may need to work in the office more often. However, it is important to consider that the former category may also be given more opportunities to work at home than the latter. Studies also found that managers are the largest group of workers most likely to work remotely from home in the United States.

These studies have many ramifications, as the movement of professionals who begin to move outside of the office may change both the political and social culture of the tech workplace.

Because the overwhelming majority of the studies were conducted within the United States, it is unclear whether or not the trends are as extensive outside of the United States. Statistics in other countries are not as detailed or consistant as statistics in the United States, though general data does suggest that such trends are not as popular around the rest of the world. Statistics find that working from home in the tech industry in European countries is not growing in popularity quite as quickly as in developing countries like India, China and Indonesia.

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