Leslie is excited to start her new remote job. She specifically looked for a remote opportunity so she could have work flexibility—she wants to start her days early, take a long lunch to pick her daughter up from school, and finish work in the late afternoon.
But three weeks in, she’s struggling with her decision. She’s expected to be “always on” to support and meet with coworkers in different time zones. She barely has time to pick up her daughter, let alone spend any quality time. And she’s working longer hours than ever. Now what?
Leslie realizes what she wanted was not remote work, but async work.
The two may sound similar. But, as Leslie discovered, simply taking a team remote doesn’t guarantee flexibility or work/life balance. Working asynchronously is often a better bet for companies looking to support employees working on different schedules.