The benefits and challenges of creating a remote-first company culture
Over the past few years, technology experts have predicted an increase in mobile workforce. However, many businesses were wary of remote-first thinking and flexible working. For employees to be able to work from home, there had to be a good reason.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to completely rethink their business models. Remote working has made it possible for businesses that would have had to close to stay afloat and is no longer something that businesses offer as a sign of their progressiveness. In today’s Adesh Chaurasia blog, we will be talking about the benefits and challenges of creating a remote-first company culture.
What is ‘Remote-first’?
The definition of “Remote First” is an organizational strategy where most employees work from home. The employees can conduct business from a different location, such as a co-working space or home office.
While some remote-friendly businesses permit some or all of their employees to occasionally work from a remote location, the majority of them require employees to work in a physical office. However, in a remote-first business, all employees are expected to work remotely.
Benefits of remote-first company culture
- Cost Savings
The benefits of having a smaller real estate footprint is one of the primary reasons why businesses choose to work from home first. In big cities, commercial real estate can be extremely expensive. Companies can opt for smaller office spaces if there are fewer people working there. When you factor in the significant decrease in overhead costs like utilities, food, cleaning services, and property taxes, it’s no wonder that so many businesses plan to operate entirely from home even after the pandemic has passed.
- Increased Employee Output
Remote working has the potential to boost productivity, satisfaction, and employee-driven innovation with the right tools, resources, and training. During the pandemic, companies that found ways to motivate and engage their remote workers saw 5 to 8 percent increase in productivity.
- Flexibility and business continuity
When it comes to unexpected disruptions, remote-first businesses naturally have an advantage. They already have the necessary technology to support their comprehensive remote working policies and strategies. Remote-first businesses can concentrate on other aspects of their BCPs in order to respond quickly to any new disruptions now that the issue of remote working has been resolved.
Challenges of a remote-first environment
Even though the trend toward remote work has a lot of obvious advantages, it also comes with its own significant disadvantages, especially for employees who do not have access to various workspaces. The following are some of the typical issues faced by remote workers:
- Being unable to disconnect: Remote workers typically put in long hours but do not perform as well. The study found that, despite the workers spending more time at meetings and working remotely, their productivity decreased.
- Communication and collaboration difficulties: Employee productivity and long-term innovation are in jeopardy as a result of remote work.
- Loneliness: Remote workers experience feelings of disengagement, isolation, and disconnect, which results in lower levels of productivity and longer working hours.
If going remote-first is a possibility, it should happen gradually. Begin by embracing remote work and allowing employees to work from home when necessary. To make it possible for employees to work from home when necessary, acquire the necessary technologies, provide training, and create policies for remote work. After that, you should be able to move on to the next stage gradually until you find the right balance between on-site and remote work. The specific requirements of your business and the dynamics of your workforce will determine how far you go remote.
Author- Adesh Chaurasia
A superior and highly experienced entrepreneur in the field of business for quite a long time now. Also, a philanthropist, author, and public speaker who believes in working towards the overall well-being and betterment of society as a whole.