By- Sunny Aaron
Remote work is so attractive to professionals due to its convenience. Returning to the office has led a number of people to resign while they look for a remote job. There could be a transition back to fully remote work due to a drop in productivity when returning to the office. People can be easily distracted in an office environment when compared to their home office.
Opening a fully remote organization can be done from anywhere in the world. Operating in a number of countries is possible as well. The need to meet people physically has dwindled and even been eliminated in some industries. Conferences have even gone remote that were staples of the pre-pandemic world.
Below are positive aspects you should know about when running a fully remote organization.
The elimination of rental costs for an office space allows the money to be allocated across the company. There is too much ego involved with a physical office with some owners of businesses. Having a certain number of people in the office can be a bragging point so don't fall into this trap.
There might even be a need for security to be at your physical location. You don't want customers or employees to feel unsafe when on the premises. No physical location can even eliminate lawsuits due to injuries caused in a parking lot or place of business. A shooting lawyer, premises liability professional is a person that will examine security in a detailed manner in the case of a shooting.
Certain areas of the country might be low in talent in specific areas. With remote work, a person can live in an area with a low cost of living while working with their skillset. Large cities are seeing an exodus due to high taxes combined with the fact people don't have to work in the office. Companies can hire people from around the country or even the world.
Freelancers can be a part of an organization and do their jobs very well. Even if the freelancer only works with the company for a few hours a week, their contribution can be critical. In-house employees might save hours per day by giving work to a freelancer.
Freelancers can also be hired full-time if the quality of their work is very high. The freelancer will have to agree to this though as some people would rather work more relaxed hours. Former employees might have taken a freelance gig they were offered by the company. The freelance life with loyal clients can outshine even a steady remote gig at times.
Leaving a remote role is not something that people do unless given an offer they cannot refuse. The offer to go back into the office would have to be immense for most people. Working remotely gives you so much more time to live rather than getting ready for work and commuting daily. Offering competitive wages along with benefits that others enjoy combined with remote roles is a perfect professional situation. The morale at the company is also going to matter in an immense fashion. Keeping employees with personal rapport close is something that can be done with virtual happy hours. Sending each employee a gift certificate for a delivery service and scheduling a paid hour to interact can be important. People will have made friends over the years working together. Not seeing them in the office could lead to these relationships diminishing.
The old fear of employees slacking off when working at home has been alleviated. Employers that have seen an uptick in productivity have been far less likely to bring employees back into the office. The reduction in people getting sick is also a huge aspect of productivity. People go to work sick routinely due to financial reasons. In the age of the pandemic, this could lead to a multitude of people getting sick in the office at once.
Setting up systems to train new hires will be even more important than ever in a remote environment. A failure to train a person appropriately can lead to high turnover and low productivity for those that were not trained in the office.
Reduced stress can be linked with remote employment. The stress reduction might not come from the actual job in some cases. Worrying about traffic or bad weather is a thing of the past with remote employment. The ability to cook at home can lead to better dietary choices. Today's world also has healthy options even if you want to have food delivered. The stress reduction with work comes with being more productive. An employee that is thriving will stress far less about work than someone struggling. Taking breaks to go for a walk has been linked with higher productivity and health benefits.
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