The Beginner’s Guide to Building a Remote Team
Chapter 1: The Benefits of a Remote Team
There are a lot of reasons why remote employees are better than traditional employees. Some of the benefits are obvious but many of them will surprise you.
Remotes Teams Get Better Employees
If you’ve ever had to hire before, you know that finding great employees is actually quite difficult. When the pool of candidates you can draw from worldwide, you have a lot more options. You’ll be able to find much better talent simply because you won’t be limited to only a couple of decent candidates in your area.
Another reason you can get better employees is because you can afford to pay them better. When you’re not paying for an office, a desk, and a computer, you can allocate more funds to compensating your employees better. Even if you can’t afford to get them in an office, you might be able to afford them if they if they work at home.
Finally, while top performers are used to earning more, they also value their time more. Great employees know they’re in demand so they want more control over their lives. Often, this means control over where they work, when they work, and how they work. By giving great candidates this option, you might be able to poach them from larger companies that are behind in terms of workplace innovation.
Remote Employees Work Harder
Managers also worry that remote workers won’t have a good work ethic. It’s actually a lot easier to slack off in an office than it is at home. In an office, everyone can be seen. Just being present goes a long way towards making appearing productive. However, when employees work from another location, they need to prove that they’re actually accomplishing things. It’s mistakenly not implied.
Remote Employees Stick Around Longer
Did you know that remote employees are in a much better position to retain their staff for longer? Staff turnover is incredibly expensive and time consuming. If it happens too often, it can destroy a business. Fortunately, many of the perks unique to remote working make staff want to stick around longer.
One of the biggest factors in choosing a job is the commute. Traditional employees can spend a significant amount of their day traveling to and from work. This daily grind affects employee morale and most wouldn’t hesitate to take an opportunity closer to home. It’s hard to compete with location. When employees have an option to work from anywhere, this variable disappears.
Remote employees also tend to be happier. This is because they have more control over their lives and their work situation. When they are in a position of control, they won’t want to give it up.
Finally, a toxic work environment can spread like wildfire. One bad egg in the office can start a nosedive in morale, warp the office culture, and make employees look for a way out. This isn’t to say that there aren’t a lot of great offices out there, but when employees are location independent, they’re not at risk of being exposed to a toxic office.
Remote Teams Communicate More Effectively
It may sound counterintuitive, but remote teams often communicate better than tradition work teams. This is because digital communication is not as obvious as in-person communication. It can’t be taken for granted in the same way. Remote employees and managers quickly learn to communicate more clearly. They know that all vital information must be clearly conveyed for communication to be effective.
Similarly, personal relationships can get in the way of effective communication in traditional offices. For remote teams, all communication serves a clear purchase. It’s much easier to make requests, delegate tasks, and give useful feedback. Disagreements can be resolved productively because they don’t seem personal.
Remote Employees Are More Tech Savvy
Remote workers rely on digital tools to communicate and get their work done. As a result, they can take advantage of the latest innovations in technology. Remote workers are also able to use technology to automate more of what they do. This allows them focus more of their attention on higher level work and push your company forward faster.
Remote Employees Are More Productive
While managers often worried that remote employees won’t be productive, this is generally far from the truth. In fact, giving employees control of their workspace puts them in a position to set themselves up for maximum productivity. Whether they prefer music or silence, people or solitude, daytime or nighttime—it’s their decision.
Without the constant interruptions that take place in offices, remotes employees can get a lot more done in a lot less time. They can put in blocks of time without having people stop by their desk every minute asking questions, or loud coworkers ruining their focus.
Another big productivity destroyer is meetings. Too many offices have too many useless meetings. Toxic meetings can seriously derail productivity, not only by sucking up precious time, but by distracting staff from what’s important, and creating dead end discussions. This simply isn’t an issue for remote workers.
Finally, because remote workers and managers need to learn how to communicate clearly, they’ll always know exactly what to work on. They’re less likely to misunderstand tasks and waste time going down the wrong path.
Remote Teams Collaborate Better
Relationships develop in offices. It’s not a bad thing, but after a lot of daily interaction, people get to know each other on a more personal level and friendships sprout up. Gossip and other personal conversations become a big part of the daily routine. This type of dialogue is not as prominent in remote teams. Conversation is more focused on ideas and problem solving making collaboration much more effective.