If you already are a digital nomad or already work remotely then you don't need to take the test. However, if you work from an office every day (and sometimes from home) then this test is for you! We've developed a tool that will score your job remote friendliness. If the results are positive then you can use them during your negotiation with your boss when trying to convince him/her to work remotely.
A Few Things to Ask Yourself Before Taking the Test
The key factor that will help us assess how remote friendly your job can be is the types of activities you undertake on a daily basis. It is also important to understand what activities of your day can or cannot be replaced by activities that could be done remotely (i.e. away from your office or the office of someone else!).
For example, let's say that you've recently met a client at his/her office. Ask yourself the following questions:
What was the purpose of the meeting?
Could I have achieved the same outcome by arranging a meeting over the phone instead?
Could a colleague of mine have attended the meeting instead of me while achieving the same outcome?
If a face-to-face meeting is the preference of my client, do I think I could convince him/them that a call could be more productive for both parties? The key to this is to convey that having a call instead of a face-to-face meeting does not mean you do not value the relationship.
By saving travel time to meet someone face-to-face, how can I use that time to add value to my client? If you charge your client by the hour, tell them how much they'd save per year by arranging calls instead of face-to-face meetings!
Would I be comfortable having a discussion with my boss if I wanted to change my day-to-day activities so that I can work 100% remotely?
So, what's next?
We'll crunch the numbers and email you the results! If your job has a good remote friendliness score then it might be time for you to prepare your negotiation with your boss... but be prepared because...
...Your boss will try to convince you that your job is not remote friendly!
Have you heard the following sayings (or shall we dare to say "excuses" when trying to convince your boss to work remotely?
"Our current processes don't allow our employees to work remotely"
"We don't have the technology to manage you remotely"
"Your colleagues need your support in the office"
"There are meetings to attend"
"You will not be part of the team if people don't see you every day in the office"
We've heard them all before... and they are just the tip of the iceberg. Your employer will have many good reasons (to their mind) to justify why you can't work remotely. One of the key drivers, unfortunately, might be jealousy. Your boss is probably wishing he/she could also work remotely while traveling the world. Your boss is probably also believing he/she'd lose "control" over you if you're not showing up in the office every day, especially if he/she is a micromanager.