Remote working – also known as telecommuting or telework – is when an employee or employees carry out their job away from the office. Some carry out their duties permanently away while others work from home for a few days a week or a month. More companies are doing this, specially startups.
This practice isn’t new but definitely is something that is getting more and more relevance nowadays, transforming into a solutions that applies to most people needs.
Office environments have certainly become much more flexible over the years, and with the rapid growth of technology and its incursion in our everyday tasks, startups have understood the need for remote working jobs and it’s an ever expanding dynamic that continues to reinvent itself every year.
Startups are adding more remote working hours to the monthly required hours of their employees, and employees are happier because of it.
A tool that revolutionized the way of working it’s Slack. This startup created one of the most (if not the most) user-friendly platform to communicate, making easier and fun to talk to others, it doesn’t matter if you have him/her in front of you.
Many years ago Google launched their own chat (called Hangouts), but it was the typical chat with minimum interactions and very strict (meaning no gif!). Not only in Slack you can send gif, but also can put reminders to your team or only for you, create specific channels to discuss private or non-private projects, among many features and integrations.
Reasons why working remotely works
1. Startups increase productivity and drives efficiency
Remote employees work more hours and are more effective. According to a study by Inc. Magazine, remote workers are 20% more productive when performing creative tasks.
More startups are using tools like Slack to keep track of their co-workers everyday. For the discipline remote worker, those who are successful eliminating distractions, working remotely increases efficiency by 13%.
Startups are always finding new ways to increase productivity while still getting the job done. In a study conducted by a Chinese company, when working remotely, workers increase their efficiency and productivity significantly, they have less distractions than the in-house workers.
2. The way of the future
With the rapid advancement of technology, the way we communicate will continue to change. Working remotely appeals more and more each day to more startups and to the younger generations, establishing new dynamics every day. Startups who allowed their employees to work remotely, full-time or part-time, found out that they are open to increase their hours working remotely.
Our two offices are strategically in a co-working area, full of startups. That allow us to not only build networking connections, but it also gives us the flexibility to expand or downsize based on our current and future needs.
We have the liberty and advantage to add employees in different cities and even different countries, full-time or part-time depending on project requirements and client needs.
A key part of our growth, is that we always find ways to stay communicated. Our team is now in 4 cities and two countries. We fit in a small group of startups that are doing the same in terms of remote work, we use Slack as our key tool to communicate everyday, pase ourselves, plan internal meetings and of course have some fun during the working (and also after) hours.
It doesn’t really matter if your co-workers or employees work from home, their favorite café, or seat 32D of a plane, what matters is how comfortable they are and the kind of work they deliver, that’s the true spirit of a good startup or company.
If an employee is happy, they work will be better, their turnaround will be quicker and they will put in the hours needed – sometimes even more – to get the job done.
Coordinating remote employees can be tricky, but it more than pays off in the long run.