The shift from ditching the office completely and transitioning to a remote work concept is now well underway. Whether it is more cost savvy or the employees’ satisfaction raises, remote working gets more popular day-by-day. And while many like the idea ditching the daily commute, this working style also has its difficulties to challenge.
Pros for being a remote team
Better work-life balance
It is not a myth anymore, that many people in today’s work environment are overworked and are suffering from burnout. To add more private/personal time to once life, remote working might be the solution for your company. Employees enjoy the freedom to spend time doing things that are important to them beside their job. Some of your team members have kids, or partners with different workhours than the usual. And with this concept their lives are made a lot easier as they can adjust their worktime to their loved one.
Access to more talent
Looking for new employees can be a several week long process, especially when you are limited by the country. By opening up the rest of the world, finding new talents won’t be such a time-consuming task anymore.
Keeping costs low
Infrastructure like office space, furniture and electricity is not cheap. And cutting these from the expenditure list can be reinvested in growing the business and supporting the employees.
Of course there is a need of tools to run a virtual team, but in comparison, these expenses are minimal.
The “office costs” are usual subscriptions for communication tools like chats, file sharing, project management and task overviews. This can also be kept at the minimum by buying one tool like acteamo, which contains all these features, instead of subscribing to several tools.
Cons for being a remote team
Development of company culture
Of course there is more to a company culture than having an office space. But having everyone in one place makes it easier to share values and goals. The more time team members spend with each other, the more they identify themselves with the business.
As employees can be from all over the world, some of them might have never met each other in real life, which can decrease the trust and acknowledgement between each other.
The obstacle communication
With different time zones and schedules it is difficult to have everyone available at the same time. Usually you can handle these differences by using chat tools, where everyone keeps informed. But what happens if there is something urgent? Maybe there is a customer in need of help and only a certain developer can fix the problem. With a distributed team it might happen, that this person is not even awake yet.
It is certain that not all types of companies are compatible with this working style, but even giving the opportunity to work from home, improves the motivation of you employees and furthermore increases the companies’ success.