It used to be that a company would have an office. People would get in their cars every morning, Monday through Friday and drive to work. This has been the model that most of us grew up with and pictured for ourselves as adults.
Changing Where Work is Done
Technology has evolved to the point that this setup is not really necessary for many industries and for the workers within those industries. Today, more and more companies are moving away from a traditional, single office space setup. This means that people’s offices are more varied than ever. People are working from home, in remote offices, and other non-traditional spaces more than ever. For many companies, a remote team compliments an in-house group of employees or has come to replace a centralized team altogether.
This trend has allowed many people to work more comfortably, avoid long commutes, and find jobs that truly suit their talents and needs. Parents can often work more flexible hours. People can shift the hours that they work in a day to what works best for them. Many people balk at the idea of a remote team because of the fear that productivity would plummet, but this is simply not the case. People working on a remote team have shown to be just as productive or more productive than their in-office counterparts. Part of the reason for this is that there are often fewer distractions at home or in a solitary remote office environment than in an office setting.
Bigger Areas, Better Candidates
The shift from traditional, in-office teams has also broadened the field of candidates for jobs. Companies are increasingly realizing that they can find talented people to work for their teams in locations other than their home base. A remote team can be filled with workers who are exactly right for their positions, not just people who lived close enough and fulfilled enough of the qualifications to fit them.
It’s important to note that this practice is very different from outsourcing, which aims to find cheaper workforces in other countries. The remote team “trend” is not aiming to undercut fair wages. Companies are opening positions to people beyond the radius of a workday commute and finding that they can fill positions more quickly and effectively.
Consider how a remote team setup might benefit you or your small business over a traditional office model.