Software developers already constitute the largest group of remote workers in the world. Given the current COVID-19 situation, more developers are likely to shift to a similar arrangement. But, why are developers leading the course of this fluid workforce?
In a survey, some 73% of technology professionals revealed that they think of remote work as an essential perk. Programming requires high levels of concentration and focus since it involves working on complex algorithms and mathematical software. Open offices may be too noisy and full of interruptions. Hence, given a choice between a public office and a quiet home, the latter is mostly preferred.
Developers Worked Towards ‘Work From Home’ Long Ago
Innovations were in place that could enable developers to track anyone from any part of the world with a simple click of a button. Processes that were once done through meeting clients in person were now accomplished on online systems that only require participants to log in.
When people realized that a well-paying job could be done at home with the help of the internet, developers started making codes more straightforward for regular people to understand.
It is also worth highlighting the agile development practices, and the benefits of co-location.
Most agile enthusiasts will tell you that it is better if the team is co-located. This is true to the extent that given an ideal organization, you will probably get better output out of them if they are co-located rather than working remotely. But sometimes, to get that perfect team, you need to provide conditions that they are happy with. If software developers are not happy travelling three hours every day, then you might need to live with the ideal team where some or all of the team members are operating remotely.
Developers Still Need To Make Sure There Is Effective Communication With The Management
It is evident that not all tech experts require remote work, even though most companies seem to be offering that amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It also places more expectations on managers and executives to create a workspace where programmers can work without too many interruptions and distractions. For example, it is increasingly becoming clear that many developers dislike open offices, and prefer to operate in comparative isolation, at least when they want to concentrate.
For managers, this is also a problem of communication. Rather than implementing top-down strategies that might upset developers’ flow, it might be better to talk to them about their preferred ways of working—whether that is at a desk, or a cafe. Just listening and coordinating with developers can guarantee the best product as it is a critical job role which does not require a lot of micromanagement.
In the short-term, conferencing technology companies are enabling alternatives. Companies like Zoom, Webex, and other teleconferencing and remote working solutions are being used extensively by organizations.
Handling CyberSecurity Better Than The Average Employee
There are other factors as well that come into play. Programming usually does not involve face-to-face problem discussion all the time. If need be, there is video chat as well as virtualization tools like Slack and Trello. These tools are user-friendly and tailor-made for remote workers, particularly developers. The built-in integrations and APIs can be leveraged by developers to customize virtualization tools to their most optimum use. Also, work from home, when it comes to developers, is more efficient in the context of cybersecurity as well.
Compared to an average company employee, developers and IT teams can follow cybersecurity protocols from any remote location, and make sure they detect vulnerabilities in the workflow without a lot of help. In the case of other departments like sales, marketing, and finance, the employees can face great difficulty and ignorance to maintain the best security principles.
In many cases, everyday office workers face challenges in setting up two-factor authentication services, let alone debug a cybersecurity software tool. This translates into more trust as well as freedom put into the hands of developers when it comes to handling sensitive data and security protocols.
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Vishal Chawla is a senior tech journalist at Analytics India Magazine and writes about AI, data analytics, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and blockchain. Vishal also hosts AIM's video podcast called Simulated Reality- featuring tech leaders, AI experts, and innovative startups of India.