Working remotely has been gaining traction over the last several years, increasing by 140 percent since 2005. According to statistics, more than four million people in the U.S. work from home at least half the time, and companies who allow their employees to work remotely have a 25 percent lower rate of turnover than their counterparts. This growth in working remotely can largely be attributed to technology. With sophisticated computer programs, widespread WiFi availability, and instant messaging systems, remote workers are able to be just as productive – if not more so – when they work from home.
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, more and more employers are encouraging – and even requiring – their team members to work remotely to prevent the spread of the virus. In this week’s Conversations from the Corner Office, we spoke with ID Plans CEO Jeff Landry and CRO Seth Garber about working remotely, its benefits, and how those of us who’ve never done it before can still be productive.
JL: We’ve been allowing our team members to work remotely for about 16 years – before remote work was even a thing. We saw that the technology was available, plus we have a lot of employees who work from the field and didn’t need to be in an office. That’s how it started. Then, as we hired more staff in our headquarters, we brought the same process here. We found people who thrived and had the mentality to work remotely and be very productive. It’s been very positive for us.
SG: There are quite a few. It builds in a deep level of personal accountability. It also gives people the ability to connect with their teammates in a more meaningful way because you’re not right there with them all the time. It forces the conversations to become deeper and communication skills to get stronger. I think it also develops a level of trust. It says, “I don’t have to micromanage you and I trust you’re getting the job done.” [Read more about company culture and working remotely here.]
JL: I agree, and I think it can also help people work in a more effective manner if they’re allowed to have some flexibility in their days. Everyone works in different ways. Some people can just sit down and stay focused all day long. Other people work better if they, for example, take an hour in the middle of the day to go to the gym. It creates a life balance rather than a work-life balance. [For more information, check out our blog post on how to implement a Results Only Work Environment.]
SG: For us, Office 360 is huge. Make sure you have messaging apps in place and encourage your team members to use them. Put your services in the cloud. And I recommend getting two monitors – it can help you work a lot more efficiently.
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