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Thanks so much to the 1,358 (!) of you who took the time to fill in last week’s mini-survey on remote work. I appreciate your time.

It’s safe to say that most people are looking for primarily remote work but still value meeting your colleagues in person once or twice a year. But it’s not quite that simple.

Firstly, almost 8% of people are looking for remote work that is “Strictly remote, with no requirement to travel anywhere or meet face-to-face for any reason”, and nothing else. Even a once or twice yearly meet-up would rule a job out. That’s an astoundingly high percentage for such a strict definition of remote work.

However, consider this before you get carried away and cancel all of your “all hands” gatherings for 2022. Almost 40% of people said that a strictly remote position without any meet-ups would rule out a job for them, meaning a large majority of people don’t want an utterly isolated work life. That makes things complicated! 😬

Then, I found something extraordinary that I can’t explain. In addition to asking what kind of remote work people wanted themselves, I asked for a definition. I expected everyone to define “Strictly remote, with no requirement to travel anywhere or meet face-to-face for any reason” as remote work, but that didn’t happen. Over 21% of people who defined one of the other options as remote, said that the “Strictly remote” description was not remote work. 😱 Now, that sentence is clearly within the definition of remote work, so my initial thought was to ignore some bad data, but I couldn’t ignore 21%.

If I had to guess, I think people are trying to say is that they feel strongly that even fully remote work benefits from some amount of in-person contact. That’s a guess, though, and I’m curious to know why people answered that way, so if you were one of the 289 people who would not define my “Strictly remote” description as remote work, drop me a reply and let me know what you meant! I’d love to know.

Of course, you can see a complete summary of the results, including the answers to the other questions I didn’t discuss here.

If I had to draw only one conclusion from this data, it would be that the most important part of your company’s remote work policy should be flexibility. Everyone is unique and wants or needs different things, even within the definition of “remote” work.

Dave Verwer

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