The potential of remote work has been gaining increasing recognition in recent times. Thanks to advances in technology, businesses now have the capacity to recruit the best talent from any part of the world. Various studies have revealed that remote teams are more productive than traditional ones. It is no wonder why remote work is gaining popularity among workers; it provides improved mental health and boosts productivity. To highlight the many benefits of remote working, we have even created a blog dedicated to the topic.
Moreover, there are a variety of beneficial resources which remote teams can take advantage of in order to facilitate effective communication and collaboration, such as books and software. In recent years, numerous remote work conferences have been created, with this year’s edition, Running Remote, taking place in Bali.
Despite the increasing awareness of the advantages of remote working, some businesses are still reluctant to hire remote employees. We, as well as many other organizations, have been at the forefront of promoting the benefits of this type of working, yet many organizations remain hesitant to make the transition and take on their first digital nomad. So why is this? We are pleased you have asked this question; what is the cause of this reluctance?
Reportedly Disastrous Cases of Working Remotely.
It is rare for stories of success to make the headlines, while stories of failure often receive more attention. Consequently, some people who have not thoroughly researched the subject of remote working may only be aware of the most negative examples, potentially forming an opinion based on brief headlines.
Yahoo!’s downfall serves as a stark reminder of the consequences of strategic missteps. We have previously delved deeper into this matter, but for the sake of recapping: when Marissa Mayer joined as CEO, her decision to call all remote employees for a company-wide assembly in order to foster more collaboration met with considerable criticism. This caused Yahoo! to experience a significant loss of personnel. After a period of time, Mayer stepped down, and remotely working at Yahoo! still remains a viable option.
The Bank of New York Mellon recently attempted to replicate the business model of Yahoo!, but unfortunately the result was not favourable. In response, they called their remote staff in to discuss the purchase, but faced considerable resistance. As a result, they decided to postpone the purchase until they had further deliberation. To their credit, they were ultimately successful in the venture.
The truth of the matter is that, whilst remote working may not be the ideal choice for certain businesses or teams, this does not mean it is a bad idea in general. As the old saying goes, different strokes for different folks; it may be the right solution for you, but it is entirely possible that others may disagree.
They anticipate it to be too challenging or too expensive.
Budgeting for information technology (IT) can be a daunting task for small businesses. With expenses such as office tools, server space, software as a service and an internet connection, the prospect of adding to them can be discouraging. Moreover, there is the organizational shift that needs to be made in order to accommodate remote workers, including the need to create new contracts if you wish to hire workers from other countries. This raises the question of how human resources should handle the situation.
In order to save costs, it is likely that you already have the required IT infrastructure in place for remote working. The code, data, documentation and other job-related materials are commonly kept on the cloud, allowing digital nomads to work away from the office, using their own devices. If your new recruit is given access to the network or is granted the appropriate Dropbox privileges, they can begin their role immediately.
Navigating Human Resources can be a challenging task. Here at Works, we are dedicated to removing the stress and making the process simpler for you. We don’t believe in starting from scratch, our experienced staff will take care of all the legalities associated with recruiting your next remote Rockstar, such as contracts, so you can focus on getting your new addition settled in.
They haven’t witnessed it or lived through it.
Many people find it difficult to adjust to the idea of working with a remote team, as they are more accustomed to the traditional office environment. However, there are several advantages to alternative systems, such as task management software, online communication tools and file sharing, which can make it easier for teams to collaborate effectively even when working remotely.
At the start of our podcast, we wanted to explore topics like these. Every week, Luis interviews remote workers to gain insights into their experiences and the way they have set up their working environment. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing a distributed team; instead, it takes experimentation to discover what works best for your team. Fortunately, there is a wealth of advice and anecdotes from enthusiastic telecommuters who can help others to benefit from the same advantages.
They want to have everything under their thumb.
At some stage in their professional lives, many people have experienced the frustration of having an overly inquisitive manager. This type of individual regularly interferes, checking up on progress and demanding regular updates, which can be distracting and prevent staff from getting on with their work. This can be extremely irritating.
Management face a considerable challenge when having to contemplate the possibility that their staff are not in one physical place. Without the ability to ‘pass by casually’ and observe the progress of the developer or to estimate the quantity of bathroom or cigarette breaks taken by personnel, this can be a difficult situation to manage.
The issue we face is not necessarily remote working itself, but rather an issue of overbearing micromanagement. Regardless of the geographic distance between colleagues, the quality of the work produced should always remain the same. Therefore, when making hiring decisions, trust your instincts, and appraise employees on the merit of their output rather than the amount of time they spend in the office.
That they are already engaging in it is lost on them.
A dispersed team is one where members work from different locations, often remotely. As an organisation, it is important to be prepared for the possibility of employees needing to work away from the office due to illness or family emergencies. For multinational companies, time zone differences and language barriers are a common occurrence, and this can also apply to business partners, contractors, or customers. It is important to understand how these may affect company operations.
It is likely that you have a better grasp of remote working than you give yourself credit for. Have you ever attended a meeting via a conference call? Or perhaps collaborated on a project with others, sharing files via email or cloud storage? If you have, you may already have some experience with remote work. We suggest that you consider switching to a cloud-based version control system, as this can make the process of working remotely much easier. Was it not simpler than you anticipated?
Presuppositions About Those Who Work Remotely.
It is unfortunate that some individuals may have the misconception that those who work from home are either not taking their job seriously or reclusive loners who lack social engagement. This could not be further from the truth. Many people have opted to work from home due to the convenience and flexibility it provides, and this has enabled them to manage their workloads efficiently and successfully. Furthermore, working from home does not mean that people have to miss out on the social aspects of work, as many are still able to engage with colleagues and clients through communication tools such as Zoom and Skype.
It is widely believed that telecommuters have a disadvantageous working environment, however, this could not be further from the truth. If you remain unconvinced, please read on to discover more about the day-to-day lives of telecommuters. These outdated preconceptions will inevitably become obsolete.
They are under the impression that only the workers would gain from it.
It is certainly an attractive benefit for employees; although it may cause some additional administrative burden to the company, it could help to retain an experienced developer who has recently had a baby, or to attract a highly talented individual to join the team. Ultimately, this policy can only be advantageous to the employees, rather than to the company as a whole.
It is clear that there are numerous advantages to be gained by a business that facilitates remote working. Previously, we have discussed the savings that can be made in terms of operational costs, increased productivity, a broader selection of potential employees, and higher staff retention rates.
Be Warned, Security Threats Exist.
If you are proposing to give a third party access to your company’s systems, your IT manager may have some reservations. Security should be a major consideration, as if the remote team are using their own devices, it is important that they are keeping their anti-virus software up to date. Additionally, if they are working from a public area such as a café, there is a risk of the device being taken, for instance to use as a flash drive. This could cause alarm for your security analyst.
Conversely, there is no need to be concerned about safety issues that may arise when working remotely. It is thanks to the technical expertise of the ‘nerds’ and ‘geeks’ that the tools and security protocols necessary for successful remote working have been developed. Therefore, it is possible to maintain a high standard of cybersecurity even when operating with a remote workforce.
This is something that will be desired by everybody.
It appears that the majority of people desire to work remotely, with Global Workplace Analytics‘ sample indicating that up to 90% of people would prefer to do so. Therefore, if you set the precedent of remote work, it is likely that others will want to follow suit. It is difficult to see anything wrong with this. After all, the potential benefits of remote working are plentiful, including increased productivity, greater employee loyalty, and reduced costs. Is it really so bad that more people are now choosing to work from home?
Don’t settle for anything less than the finest
At Works, we are dedicated to establishing connections between the world’s most talented remote workers and employers. As a fully remote organization, we are able to offer you a diverse range of exceptional job opportunities in a much shorter timescale than other recruitment agencies. If you are ready to embark on a journey into the world of remote working, we would love to hear from you without delay.