5 Companies That Switched to Remote Work
As remote work continues to grow in popularity, many brick-and-mortar organizations are packing up their traditional offices in favor of flexible work. But if you think that your company absolutely positively must have a traditional office with workers clocking in from 9-5, think again. The below companies that switched to remote work—and never looked back—are great examples!
Read more about these five companies, why they switched to remote work, and how your company can, too!
Codebusters: To keep up.
At one point, your industry was a sea of offices and office employees. But then the landscape of your field changed, and you found that you had to change along with it. Tiffany Emigh, senior recruiter/account manager at Codebusters, Inc., found that to be true at her company. “We started with an office in downtown Santa Cruz,” says Emigh. “We decided to go remote because there was a decision to move the office and because we saw that our industry was heading in this direction. We wanted to be more than ready for it.” So if your organization is considering a move, determine if you want to take it one step further and use this as the impetus to go remote.
Inspired HR: To better service your clients’ needs.
You may find that having your headquarters in one particular place isn’t quite cutting it anymore, as you try to maintain the clients you have—and attract new ones, too. “We had an office in downtown Calgary in which we worked from daily. We did the switch based on our research and our clients’ needs,” says Inspired HR’s CEO and Founder Debby Carreau. Take the time to determine if creating a remote workforce will help you improve your business’ bottom line, as well as bringing on new clients. If it will, then switching to remote work might be a smart option for your organization.
Sticker Mule: To attract the best talent.
If you’ve ever had to fill a position and found the job pool pickings to be rather slim, you’re not alone. Anthony Thomas, CEO of Sticker Mule, started hiring remote workers—and hasn’t looked back. “Our first hire in software development was in England, and that went over incredibly well. A few months later, our customer service lead asked if he could relocate. Initially I was concerned, but then we saw it as an opportunity to improve our processes so that we could support a remote customer service team.” He notes that sometimes his company found talent that they wanted on their team—and most weren’t local to the area. “It was usually obvious they’d make a great addition, so we didn’t stress their location. After a while, it became commonplace for our team to be remote.” In order to build the best workforce possible, it’s oftentimes a smart move to look beyond your company’s physical borders and implement flexible work policies, thereby allowing you to find (and retain) top-tier talent no matter where they’re located.
Summit: To restructure your company.
Whether you’re the boss or the employee, trudging into an office each and every day can stifle creativity. Jody Grunden, a partner at Summit, said that the idea to make their company remote was an executive decision. “Both me and my business partner started working remotely a couple of days a week so that we could determine what processes, software, etc., needed to be put in place in order to make working remotely a great experience for our team.” By not only implementing a flexible work policy (and using it yourself!), you can give yourself the ability to think about what would be in the best interest of your organization (i.e., going remote), and what it would take to make it happen.
Gellar Law Group: To achieve work-life balance.
One of the biggest benefits of remote work is the ability to have better work-life balance—for everyone at the organization. Marcia C. Simon, partner at The Geller Law Group, wasn’t initially accustomed to remote work. “I did not start out working remotely; I started out in a traditional law firm environment. After I had my son, I wanted to make a switch to a job that would permit me more work-life balance. The remote work structure of The Geller Law Group permitted me that balance—the ability to be at home with my son during breakfast and dinner, catch up on work after normal work hours as needed, and not have to endure a painful commute wasting precious minutes in the car.” After all, work-life balance is not only for employees, but employers as well.
There are many reasons why a company would switch to becoming a virtual one.
These five success stories of companies that switched to remote work show that when a company makes the decision to go remote, great things can happen!
By Jennifer Parris | October 14, 2015 | Categories: Why Go Remote