Top Reasons You Should Move Your Team Remote Instead Of to an Office
The events of 2020 have truly transformed the way we live and work. Coming out of this pandemic, things will never just go “back to normal.” No, there will be permanent changes.
One such change is remote work — and folks, it is here to stay. Heck, you’re probably working from home as we speak. Welp, that could become a permanent trend.
Maybe you miss mingling with your fellow co-workers at the office. We do, too, but that’s a small trade off compared to all the benefits of having a fully-remote workforce, which we’re about to cover in-depth.
Before you write us off as another trendy fad — akin to forex trading or Bitcoin online betting— hear us out. We really believe in the value of online-based teams and so does a host of business leaders. It’s always better to embrace change rather than resist it, so here’s an early chance at being on the right side of history.
Reason #1 — Open Up The Talent Pool
When you run a small team, talent is EVERYTHING — and we mean everything! To maximize your service and/or product, you need to surround yourself with the very best workers for the job.
It’s much easier to do so when working remotely. Here’s why: suddenly, you open up the workforce to literally the entire world (as in a population of 8 billion). Say you’re running a team in Cincinnati, Ohio. Nothing against the Queen City, but you’re limited to workers that want to live there. No such limitation exists when your business is run online meaning you’re attracting the best person for the job. Period.
Reason #2 — Drive Down Costs
This one’s self-explanatory, isn’t it? Building space costs money. A lot of money as a matter of fact.
Here’s a few notable line expenses associated with in-person working — the rent on the building itself, electricity, desks, chairs, and so forth. Furthermore, there’s people costs, too. Think of the maintenance crew that cleans the office or mows the lawn outside. These costs add up, especially in the long run when the building needs a major overhaul.
All these litany of costs are thrown out the window for organizations that conduct all their business via the Internet. Just imagine where those costs can be reallocated to instead, things like product development, marketing, and more sales people. Maybe it’s just us, but we feel those add more value to your business than paying for the office toilets to be cleaned.
Reason #3 — Speed Up Efficiency
Going to the office is a waste of time. There, we said it. Don’t believe us? Do the mental calculations in your head right now.
How long is your morning and afternoon commute between the office and your home? Or how about that mid-day lunch commute? How much idle time do you waste at the cooler talking about the last show you watched on Netflix with your co-worker? It varies per person, but for someone living in the city, we’re talking about two to three hours wasted on low-value tasks such as the ones we just mentioned.
This time can be better spent elsewhere — like working itself. Instead of burning two hours in traffic, a portion of that time can be used for work-related tasks instead. Again, it’s all about creating value and being stuck in a car while commuting to work is the furthest thing from that.
Reason #4 — Improve Work-Life Balance Dramatically
We saved the best for last here. Improving work-life balance is without question the number-one reason to move work remote for good.
A lot of the aforementioned reason three translates into this reason, too. Let’s circle back to our saving-time example. Without the morning commute or the hour spent getting ready for work, a worker has suddenly freed up hours of time. And of course, that doesn’t have to go all to working.
No, of course not. The bulk of that time should go toward pursuing personal hobbies. A byproduct one can expect from someone spending more time on things they genuinely enjoy is increased happiness. And believe us, that happy-go-lucky state WILL translate into work, which improves the business.
So there you have it, four premier reasons why remote, online-based work beats out the traditional in-office model. But don’t merely take our word for it, try it on your small business!