Forbes magazine recently wrote an article here about a study that was conducted on whether people that worked remotely were happier. Unfortunately, the study does not say how long the employees were working remotely.
Working remotely has a lot of advantages. There is little to no commute, distractions are (sometimes) much less, and work/life balance can benefit from such an arrangement.
However, there are some disadvantages as well. Humans were built for community, even introverts like myself. As much as I love my quiet office, even I have to stick my head out every once in a while and get some real human interaction. But, working remotely does not have that option. I would guess that the happiest remote workers have found a way to be more social while they work. I know many extroverts that would be gnawing pencils in half if they worked remotely without the possibility of social interactions.
It seems like application developers (coders) speak a different language sometimes, and they do. Computer languages can be as difficult to learn as a regular language, but knowing some coding skills can make you more attractive to your current, or future, employer. You can’t go onto a single job posting web site without seeing ads for companies almost begging for coders. And, according to this Reader’s Digest article, you could make up to $20k more per year by knowing some coding.
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