Written by Sharon Koifman
There’s a bit of a tug-of-war going on in the minds of business advisors these days. Half of them are advocating for open plan, versatile office spaces to promote creativity. The other half are espousing the benefits of remote working, which promotes productivity.
The answer is, unsurprisingly, that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. For some companies, or departments, an on-site solution is the best. It creates an environment that’s great for extroverts, allowing them to bounce ideas off each other and come up with creative solutions.
For other tasks, where the lack of interruptions is a boon, then remote working is most definitely the way to go. If you have a team of ace software developers, do you really want them being interrupted every twenty minutes to be asked about the problem’s someone’s Grandma is having with Windows? Thought not.
Remote working gives you more than just peace and quiet to concentrate. Here are just a few of the reasons you should consider remote working for your business.
Many of the most successful businesses today started out of someone’s garage. Apple, Amazon, Google, Harley Davison and the Yankee Candle Company to name but a few. There’s a reason those companies chose to do that rather than find offices – cost.
You can also reap the savings of having a distributed team. No need for extra office space, no need for desks, telephones and all the office consumables that go with extra bodies. The cost of collaboration software is minimal when you compare it to all you will save.
Contrary to the stereotypical idea of digital nomads slacking off or spending the day in their PJ’s, study after study has found that staff who work from home are more productive. Why? It’s something that we’ve talked about in depth on our blog, but here’s the cliff notes:
- Remote workers put in more hours. They’re more likely to log in early, log out late and spend time working at weekends than their office-bound colleagues.
- They’re healthier and less stressed because they don’t need to spend hours of their lives in traffic queues commuting.
- They’re more likely to keep working even if they are ill, as they don’t need to be well enough to face the outside world.
- Staff who telecommute don’t get interrupted by colleagues visiting their desk. It’s much easier to ignore a Skype notification or email than a person stood in front of you.
- You get a lower staff turnover, which means you can keep your experienced people and not have to spend time on training.
Access to the best people
Unless you’re really fortunate, the chances that the very best people in the whole world all live within commuting distance of your offices are pretty slim. At DistantJob we think it’s much more likely that you’ll find the perfect person if you widen your net and look at the global talent on offer.
Remote working also gives you access to a more diverse range of people. You’ll be able to employ people from different cultures. You’ll also be able to tap into talent that has chosen for their own reasons to work from home – whether that’s disability, to meet family commitments or just to take care of their own mental health.
Young people who are currently entering the workplace are known by the experts in such things as Generation Z. These guys were born after 1995, by most definitions. They’ve grown up with the internet, and don’t remember a world without smart phones.
Generation Z is a generation of digital nomads. They want to work from home, from coffee shops, from hotel rooms when they’re on vacation. Flexibility is a key drive for them, and giving them the opportunity to work from home is the key to recruitment.
If you’ve never had staff working from home before, it can seem like a big step. If you’re the sort of manager who likes to have tight control, you’ll probably struggle. Remote working is at its best when staff are trusted, when success is measured by deliverables and not by productivity tracking devices.
There’s a lot of advice online as to how to manage remote teams; we’ve got lots of helpful articles and a few free eBooks on our site. We’ve seen lots of companies make that choice, and we’ve supported them through the recruitment process so we’re pretty sure that you won’t regret it.
About the Author: Sharon Koifman believes every company, from the biggest enterprise to the newly-launched garage startup, should have access to world’s top talent. That’s why he used over 10 years of experience in tech industry recruitment & HR to create DistantJob. His unique recruitment model allows DistantJob’s clients to get high quality IT experts working remotely at a fraction of the usual cost – with no red tape and within two weeks.