Advantages to Having a Remote Team

When hiring, try to attract candidates who are passionate about their work and want to be part of a bigger vision. The number one priority should always be finding the best people, not finding people as fast as possible (although this may seem like the same thing at first). If you make sure your employees come first and you show them that you care about them, they’ll care about you and their work.

“Remote workers are definitely more introverted than traditional employees,” Hiring Manager Andrea Loubier told me in an interview for this story. “It’s just human nature that people tend to be a little bit better at exposing what they’re passionate or excited about when it’s face-to-face, rather than virtual.”

To be efficient, make sure you have all the latest tech updates, including an IT Company who knows the tech inside and out. They’ll make sure nothing slips through the cracks when your team is so spread out.

This is a list of the top 15 benefits and best practices that I have in mind when trying to adopt remote work in my company:

1. The great advantage is if you are based outside of an expensive location (e.g., London, New York) it’s possible for your business to hire the best people at a fraction of the cost.

2. You can hire people from anywhere in the world, so your employees will have a better cultural sensitivity and you’ll have a more diverse workforce.

3. When you start hiring globally, you attract a higher caliber of employee because they want to work for an organization that has an international presence and pays them well, which is difficult to find in their local market.

4. You don’t have to pay relocation costs for new hires, no need for housing or travel allowances.

5. It is possible that your business can create a global presence without having to open physical offices around the globe (although this may be useful with some cultures).

6. There are less distractions when working remotely, because there are no co-workers or bosses around.

7. It is beneficial for the construction of a knowledge base that can transfer from one office to another, and it allows employees who have been working in one location to train new hires at other locations.

8. Remote work offers a flexible schedule for employees. People can work earlier or later if they so desire.

9. Employees will have more freedom over their time and place, which can lead to a greater sense of personal empowerment and satisfaction.

10. There is no commute for your employees, which often allows people to get two hours back each day to spend with their family and friends.

11. Employees will increase their productivity and efficiency, because there’s no need to commute and spend time with co-workers.

12. It is possible for companies to avoid hiring employees who are only motivated by the status of a ‘corporation’. This can help you find creative and innovative people instead.

13. Your business will save money on office space, utilities, break rooms, supplies like paper and toner.

14. There’s no need for an in-house HR department when employees are distributed all over the world (although you will probably still need some people in-house).

15. With fewer distractions around the office, you’ll find that your employees will be more productive and creative.

Chris Turn

Chris Turn is the pseudonym of a journalist and writer who has published short stories, essays, and criticism in the Los Angeles Times, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and the New York Times. Her most recent book, a novel, is The Summoning (The HarperCollins Canada, 2014). She lives with her husband in Toronto.

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