See if this sounds familiar about your work culture:
“Our company just can’t turn around quickly anymore.”
“It takes a month just to get an email reply.”
“We have meetings to decide what our next meeting should be about.”
Okay, maybe that’s slightly exaggerating, but I bet you know the feeling. The company culture feels less limber and more lumbering, less Olympic skater, and more Santa Claus on ice skates.
You can tell things move a bit slower than when you started, and you see that new ideas typically get shot down because of organizational inertia or lack of funding.
You know you need to improve your batting average when it comes to the game of business–but what to do? More money for R&D? Schedule fewer meetings? Knock down cubicle walls for a better view? Let people wear Hawaiian shirts on Fridays?
You know the work culture has to change, but how?
How can you make your employees more productive? How do you increase the odds of somebody coming up with great ideas for a new product line or make them more empathetic on the phone with customers? How can you help the company be more nimble?
Let me introduce you to remote work.
If you haven’t met, remote work likes happier and more productive employees, cozy workspaces, lower stress levels, and being able to step outside for a Vitamin D-inspired break anytime.
Remote work also likes saving money on low- or no-cost office space, hiring the best person for the job no matter where they live, and–fun fact–does not remember exactly how to tie a necktie.
Most importantly, remote work loves making work culture more flexible and more responsive to change; with employees all over, adapting quickly is second nature.
Remote employees have more energy and more creative ideas, plus they’ve been proven to feel more engaged and committed to their company.
It’s worked for many companies: for example, there’s Buffer, a social media marketing company, and Shawmut, a construction management company. Actually, remote working has also become common in very large companies, like American Express.
Look at the case of healthcare company Aetna, which saved an estimated $78 million and got rid of 2.7 million square feet of office space by going remote.
These companies, along with many others, have found working with remote teams to be both more pleasant and more profitable. And, really, what more does your work culture need?