When: Remote work is incredibly family friendly. Because of the emphasis on asynchronous work, I get to see my loved ones basically any time I want, run chores during the day, go to the bank and get my laundry done. Remote work promotes inclusion and equity in the workforce.
What: Remote and asynchronous collaboration means more productive work. Productivity can decrease in the office because of interruptions and distractions. It’s so easy to ask your office mate a quick question–but fairly disruptive to workflow. Using asynchronous collaboration your “office mate” can answer your question during a normal break in their work, minimizing distractions and allowing communication at everyone’s own pace. We already do this in the hospital when we consult a service. They see the patient, formulate a plan, and get back to us, all while triaging other more emergent (or less emergent) questions. This is asynchronous collaboration.
Where: Remote work means no commute. This is significant for even the shortest of door-to-doors. If you spend 30 minutes per day commuting to work, you lose 250 hours per year.
Why: We work really hard in medicine and already spend a significant amount, if not all, of our clinical time in the workplace. Distributed workforces have freedom and the ability to live a life that they want. Having the freedom to waste less nonclinical time means a more meaningful work experience, and less physician burnout.