All too often people rush into a remote working set up because it seems like the latest way to be a good boss. Well, we’ve got news for you: While being a remote team does have it’s benefits, it’s also got its drawbacks. And you should be aware of both before you sell your office.
The Pros and Cons of Being a Remote Team
More Talent, More Quickly
The first benefit to implementing a remote company culture is a mighty one: You immediately have access to more talented applicants when you’re filling a vacancy. Instead of merely searching for the best graphic designers, customer service folks or iOS developers in city limits, you can hire people wherever they are—and keep looking until you find the perfect fit.
Better Work/Life Balance
Remote workers also have a much better work/life balance. Working from home means there’s no commute, something that saves the average worker upwards of 90 minutes a day. Moreover, remote teams can spend their lunch breaks cooking healthier meals instead of buying food-cart falafels, giving them more energy to pursue non-work related activities in the evening.
The final pro is another good one: Remote staff are cheaper. Not having the need for an office will save most organisations thousands of dollars a month, if not hundreds of thousands for companies that employ thousands of people. Of course, it should be maintained that going remote does come with a certain amount of associated startup costs—laptops, home office furniture, video-conferencing equipment—but these are one time deals. Once bought, forever yours. Something which nobody can say about rented office space.
Going remote does come with a certain number of downsides, however, with the first of these being the sudden lack of people. Most employees are simply not used to working in an enclosed environment completely on their own each day, so expect a moderate teething process for your teams to find their feet.
Communication gets Harder
Going hand in hand with reduced social time is another con: Communication becomes more difficult. Preparing ahead is the only way to combat this, however: committing to using something like Slack or Flowdock for instant communication, as well as video conferencing tools like Zoom will mean your teams are still able to remain connected—even if they’re thousands of miles apart.
There’s no going Back
Once you go remote, you never go back. That would mean either dropping your entire team and starting afresh, or begrudgingly dragging hundreds of employees back to the office, probably against their will. Seriously, if you make the decision to become a remote-first organisation, you cannot change your mind at a later date. And for many, that proves to be quite the downside.
Thinking of Hiring a Remote Team?
If you’re looking to become a remote-first organisation, you’ve come to the right place. Offshore Intelligence is the premier provider of offshore and remote staffing solutions, and we only work with the best talent planet Earth has to offer. If you’re interested in seeing how virtual teams could help improve your organisation, we offer a free, 30-minute consultation to see whether offshoring will work for you organisation. Just click below to book your appointment.