If the pandemic proved one thing to the business community, it was the feasibility of remote work – for everyone whose jobs don’t entail one’s physical presence being absolutely essential. It is a thing of the past where highly paid executives were the only ones using video conferencing platforms and other digital services that saved them some travel time. These applications are a very basic necessity now. And yet there still exist naysayers who cannot come to terms with the idea that remote work has very much gained a solid footing in almost every aspect of work that otherwise required travelling. It is not a white collar thing anymore.
Indeed some firms have been ahead of their times. When remote work was still an obscure concept for many, some recognized the enormous potential it offered and adopted it as their mode of operation. For example, Gaper and Turing glean the benefits of remote teams by vetting remote software developers. This has created a lot of ease for businesses that need to hire remote, vetted software engineers but don’t have the resources, and means to do it themselves. Fact of the matter is that remote work introduces a lot of ease for businesses willing to put in the effort to make this transition.
The best part? Employee productivity isn’t affected at all. If anything, it is improved. The option to work remotely means that one can choose their own timings and location (as long as they meet deadlines of course). It is perhaps this convenience that ultimately results in greater productivity and efficiency.
Think of all the costs that office work incurs. Hiring, training, benefits, rent, infrastructure, just to name a few major sources of expenditures. Remote work eliminates most of these. With certain kinds of work like software development, teaching, and design, there are other businesses that even do the recruiting and training for you (e.g. Gaper hires and vets teams of software engineers that their clients can then recruit for their projects).
Surviving Uncertain Times
Remote work, when adopted by everyone in the company, strengthens its ability to adapt to different situations. What ensured that businesses kept running during a global pandemic? Remote work. Which of these businesses found it easier to cope (and perhaps even do better than competitors) during the pandemic? Those who already had distributed teams as well as those that were flexible enough to adopt them.
You Have the Resources
If you have access to the internet, you have all the resources needed to build remote teams. There are multitudinous digital applications and platforms that aid all kinds of fields of work in collaboration, productivity, project management, communication and other tools needed to do work. The pandemic has lead even more innovative solutions to come up. There is little one can add to their case against remote work at this point.
The biggest downside quoted by managers regarding remote work is their ambiguity about teams’ productivity. The only situation where this possibility might manifest is when their companies don’t spend enough time in figuring out the right tools and platforms to work remotely. There is always some trial and error needed to see what works the best. And if this is too much work for a business, there are always other business entities taking care of such tasks for them.
Remote work sometimes brings with it this isolation fueled by a lack of human interaction and a break from work life at home. Dealing with this is partly the responsibility of the employer. Make sure you schedule regular meetups and virtual meetings to help everyone wind down. Be empathetic because everyone is working from a different environment. Mental health support is as important for remote employees as it is for office based people.
At this point, it is necessary for every employer to have the option of remote work available for its employees. If you don’t, your competitor will. Clients will also start looking at new and more flexible services. Don’t lose out on valuable employees and customers just because you are too stubborn to be flexible.