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Is the future of work remote?

At the turn of the century, many organisations tried to enhance organisational culture through supplying luxurious office spaces for employees. Companies often provided Gyms, Pools or simply a dartboard for employees to relax and socialize in an enjoyable environment.

Soon the novelty wears off and over-time, employees realise they’d rather their organisation to offer them flexibility, instead of incentives to stay in the office.

The solution many organisations have come to is - Remote Work.

 

More and more organisations are introducing remote working and flexible hours to improve employee satisfaction and productivity by allowing employees to control where and when they work. There is an increased focus on work-life balance, technology, and working smarter instead of harder. Remote work is empowering people to live more meaningful lives by integrating the lines between professional and personal life.

Organisations implementing Remote Work

If organisations can adapt and facilitate Remote Work, it has the potential to be a long-term talent acquisition strategy. Automattic is a $1 billion company founded by the people behind WordPress and WooCommerce. The company recruits people based on talent instead of location. Automattic currently has over 715 “Automatticians” working remotely in over 60 different countries.

Matt Mullenweg, the creator of WordPress and CEO of Automattic, believes that allowing and encouraging remote-work arrangements has been the catalyst to his company’s success. In an interview, he stated “This has been amazing for the company in that we can attract and retain the best talent without them having to be in New York or San Francisco or one of the traditional tech centres.”

 

Where’s the catch? - Management

When it comes to Remote Work, employees may feel out of sight and out of mind from management. While more and more people are working remotely, Harvard Business Reviews recent study suggests that unless management take extra measurements to build trust and connection with remote workers, the organisation will take the hit.

A study by of 1,100 Remote Workers by The Harvard Business review found that remote workers could feel disconnected from their colleagues if they are not managed effectively.

Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, set out 7 specific skills that managers should practice facilitating productive working relationships with remote workers

 

  1. Check in with them frequently and consistently
  2. Meet the employee face to face whenever possible. If in-person meetings are not possible, utilize platforms such as Skype to Video chat
  3. Actively listen to the employees, and communicate trust and respect
  4. Make expectations explicit and measurable
  5. You and your employee may be in different time zones, but always try and make yourself available for the employees
  6. Use a communication style and medium that suits your employees
  7. Prioritise on building a relationship with the employee by checking up on them and asking them questions about their personal life.

 

 

The future of Remote Work

At ground level here in Compustaff, we have seen an influx of companies offering flexibility and remote work to acquire top IT talent. It’s not hard to see why; 56.5% of Developers in the UK & Ireland, ranked ‘work-life balance’ as the most desired trait for a company to offer while job searching. Companies who offer flexible hours  or remote work are finding talent acquisition easier and often find candidates choosing their flexible hours/remote work option over a higher salary from another company.

As time passes, both employers and talented employees will have to decide if Remote Work is a potential asset for both the company and the employee. Can the organisation be flexible but also strictly organised while working remotely? If the answer is yes, hiring top talent will come at ease and productivity will start to increase. For this reason the future of work is remote.

 

Luke Nicholson - Digital Marketing Executive

Compustaff IT Recruitment, Galway

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