The tech startup industry is booming; with more and more startups being created daily by wannabe entrepreneurs and unicorn creators, the need for having your employees surrounding you in an office is getting old-fashioned. The office setting is under pressure, with remote video calls, outsourcing, and workers in coffee bars on the rise, is it time to make your team remote?
When you hire employees — specifically those that may work together as a team on projects throughout the year — it is not likely that you envision one or some of them working remotely from home or other locations that are not the office. Of course, there are advantages to having all your team members in one place (positive office culture, just to name one) but within an office setting if one or two people are missing it can hold up production and progress. Thanks to today’s technology and resources, working remotely, even when part of a team, does not have to be a problem. In fact, it can even be more helpful than when everyone is together under one roof.
Back at Process Street, we’re a motivated and productive remote working team. We bounce ideas around, communicate and collaborate with each other without any problems and would love to share some things that make it work for us. There are many advantages to remote teams that you won’t get with an office; read on to find out what they are.
Offices Limit Hiring to Local talent
Having trouble finding local talent to fill up roles? If the job is something that can be done remotely, such as writing content or web development, then you can hire the best talent from anywhere in the world.
This is also a great way to find freelancers for specific projects that you might not need a full-time employee for. On top of this, on-boarding employees can be an easier process because they’re in a more relaxed setting.
On-Site Employees Cost More
Allowing several employees to work from home can result in big savings on your office expenses, and office space in general. If you do not have a large office to begin with, it only makes sense to allow some employees to work from anywhere, especially if they are only providing you with services part-time.
Employees have to commute to work and this can be expensive, especially if they live further away or use public transport. A horde of employees using the printer, using free coffee provided, using stationery supplies, and more which can add up and cost a lot! Yet, employees who work remotely will help you save significantly on expenses.
Offices Can Kill Happiness
A good employer wants their employees to be happy; studies show that a happy employee is a productive employee. Sometimes for an employee to be happy, that means getting out of the office. You may not want to admit it, but offices, especially large ones, can be toxic. With things such as office gossip, low morale, and a general feeling of being trapped can all result in an unproductive, unhappy workforce.
So long as an employee can work from home and still remain as productive as you expect them to be while in the office, why not let them do so and allow them to be happy?
…They Also Sap Productivity
One of the direct results of employee happiness is improved productivity. Sitting at the same desk every day, staring at the same computer screen, speaking to the same people, some might argue that it is just a part of work life in general, yet, it does not need to be.
Change up an employee’s work environment, and you may find that productivity actually improves. An employee that works remotely benefits from personal happiness, an environment they find more conducive to work, lifestyle they choose which subsequently produces better work quality.
Communication Is No Longer An Office Advantage
These days, we have a vast amount of ways to stay connected by phone and the internet ensuring that communication and collaboration aren’t an issue, even when you’re working remotely.
With wi-fi connections and mobile data networks available in many countries, coverage areas are expanding every day. Solutions such as Microsoft Office 365 mean that you can collaborate with colleagues on documents in real time, even if one of you is in the office and the other is at home. Slack is also great for general communication whilst Skype is great for holding voice call meetings.
As a fan of the remote working lifestyle, it has many benefits to it, for example; why on earth would I want to sit in boring meetings, meet face-to-face with people I hardly know and wear suits when I can sit in a coffee shop in a comfy tracksuit and still be as productive? My productivity levels have increased whilst working remote and I’ve actually learned more as I am comfortable in the environment I am working in. This in all saves money for tech startups which makes it a good reason to go remote.