Grow remote - why I wouldn’t choose somewhere exotic like Bali
Guest Blog by Shauna Moran, Shopify Partnerships United Kingdom & Ireland
1. What is the main benefit of remote working for employers?
There are many reasons why businesses implement a remote working model. In some industries, it may be difficult to recruit and hire certain skillsets. Remote working gives these industries access to a talent pool all over the globe, that they may not necessarily find if they required an office. Depending on your organisation, it may be beneficial to consider the language and cultural diversity remote working can bring to your team.
Hiring remotely can help you take your business to the next level. Consider a leaner more agile onboarding process for new employees. Consider hiring across multiple time zones so that your organisation is always ‘switched on’ It may be the next step to help businesses scale.
It can be cost effective for organisations too. Research also shows that remote working models have a lower rate of absenteeism too. It can also help save costs on things like rental space, electricity and other office expenditure such as furniture.
2. What is the main benefit of remote working for employees?
The remote working model is an attractive perk for individuals for various reasons. Not only does remote working provide individuals with the opportunity to put talent in front of organisations in markets where they are not located but allows them to work from their preferred destination and have a more flexible work-life balance.
The overwhelming benefit from working remotely is the ability to maintain work-life balance. Employees feel a renewed sense of regaining their life and being able to balance the demands of both work and life.
The ability to work remotely removes commuting which can create stress before the workday even begins. The secondary benefit to no commute is saving money – gas, parking, or other transportation-related expenses. Employees can choose where they want to live. It also allows employees to structure their workday without having someone look over their shoulder. When you provide your employees with the autonomy to do what’s right in their jobs, there will be a higher level of employee satisfaction and creativity can flourish.
3. In your opinion, what businesses are most suited to remote working?
There’s a variety of diverse sectors hiring and implementing remote working models at the moment. I see the technology sector most prominent, due to the difficulties and challenges faced when hiring specific talent in one location. Hiring remotely opens up a global talent pool for organisations and that’s why we are seeing so many companies making that change. I believe any business can be suited to some sort of flexible working, once they have the correct mindset and are open to thriving on change. Remote working doesn’t have to be having your entire workforce working from home, it can be hybrid models or more flexible working arrangements. There is no one size fits all.
4. What is the biggest myth that you have heard about remote working? Why is it untrue?
That it’s ambiguous and unstructured. People often ask me ‘how do you not spend your days getting started and watching Netflix? With remote working, there is a focus on output instead of input. Organisations hire the right people that will do the job regardless of where they are working from. It does not mean individuals work independently; teams should work together and communicate often and collaborate frequently.
5. If you could remote work from anywhere in the world, where would it be?
My home in Galway. It rains a lot and I’m sure people wonder why I wouldn’t choose somewhere exotic like Bali! For me, I need structure, routine and my own workspace. Remote working comes in many different forms, and just because you have more flexibility in working remotely doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to become a digital nomad. I’ve tried travelling and working remotely and I’m definitely not as productive as I would be when I’m at home. That being said, it is nice to change locations to boost creativity I utilise co-working spaces & coffee shops to change up my days.