6 Reasons to Integrate Remote Work into Your Company
On the face of it, offering your employees options to work remotely might seem like a generally good idea that will help you attract the very best job candidates. And that’s true. But generalities aside, there are very concrete reasons why it’s a good idea to integrate remote work into your company’s hiring practices, as well as its day-to-day functionality.
Remote.co surveyed managers and leaders at companies that have been successful in their efforts to integrate remote work into their organizations.
If you’re an employer who’s on the fence about whether to integrate remote work into your operations, consider reading some of the responses to Remote.co’s survey.
We asked management leaders one central question: What were the main reasons to integrate remote work into your workforce?
Based on responses to the Remote.com survey, here are some reasons to integrate remote work into your organization:
1. Personal experience is a great work-life integration example.
Sara Sutton, CEO and founder of Remote.co and our sister organization, FlexJobs, cited her own experience as an entrepreneur and mother as a great reason to integrate remote work for working parents.
Our survey highlighted how Fell has “long been passionate about helping people find jobs that make their lives better.”
2. Working remotely can benefit workers from the top down.
After five years operating as a “fully local company,” Formstack told us how the company branched out from having a single remote employee to being an organization that has embraced remote work options company-wide, including at the top.
Formstack’s move to a remote workforce was replete with “trial-and-error experiences” across several fronts. “We’re strengthening our remote team every day,” they told us.
3. Technology is leading the way to a new work reality.
For the leaders of Greenback Expat Tax Services, the unassailable fact that technological advances are creating a new reality has been a great motivator for the company to integrate remote work.
The company’s focus, they told Remote.co, is to create a structure that supports “the initiatives that most benefit our clients.” In an indication of their commitment to remote and flexible options, Greenback Expat Tax Services told us: “ We don’t believe that an office environment would allow us” to support the expat life experience.
4. Bottom line issues: remote work can be cost-effective.
The leaders at Ciao Bambino! Inc. explained how remote work and flexible options have enabled them to hire workers from around the world.
Because they’re “not restricted by geography,” Ciao Bambino! has been able to dramatically broaden its base of potential employees and find the best employees for the company’s mission, no matter where the job candidates live.
5. Remote work makes geography a non-issue.
At Github, there’s been an effort to make geographical location a “non-issue” from the start. From the get-go, Github told us, San Francisco-based employees used “web-based chat services instead from wherever they were working, whether that was from home or a coffee shop.”
The reason Github’s efforts to integrate remote work were successful? “We could ensure our product worked from teams, regardless of where people were located,” leaders told us.
6. Working remotely can lead to greater employee productivity.
Company leaders at several companies, including Taksa Technology Solutions and Aha!, told Remote.co that virtual employees helped them boost productivity levels. “The right people are actually more productive if you give them clear goals and the freedom to do their best work at the best time for them,” leaders at Aha! said.
At Taksa, employees are “more productive” and enjoy better work-life balance, management leaders said.
To be sure, these are among the many reasons to integrate remote work into your company’s efforts to embrace work flexibility.
If you’re wondering whether to proceed with your organization’s efforts to integrate remote work as a core hiring principle, do your due diligence in order to offer both your company and your employees the best options possible.
By Adrianne Bibby | July 5, 2016 | Categories: Why Go Remote