Remote Teams: 5 reasons why you should consider having an all-remote staff

When was the last time you had a conversation with someone who worked remotely? Chances are, possibly today or at least in the previous few days! Or maybe, you yourself are working from home.

In fact, according to research firm Gartner, globally, 31% of workers will be working remotely in 2022. That works out to more than a quarter of the workforce worldwide!

As the trend continues to shift towards remote work, organizations are beginning to realize the benefits of hiring remote workers.

Companies — large and small — are embracing the advantages of working remotely, including increased productivity, lower costs, and greater flexibility.

But what exactly makes all-remote teams successful? And why should your organization consider having an all-remote staff?

1. Your team is more productive and efficient

A benefit of hiring remote workers is that they can spend less time commuting and more time on tasks that help them — and your company — grow. 

A survey by FlexJobs found that a massive 95% of respondents reported higher or equal productivity while working remotely.

Remote workers also show higher levels of job satisfaction, increased engagement, and reduced absenteeism due to the increasingly flexible nature of work. They’re also less distracted by office politics. 

So, if you have an all-remote team, you can expect higher levels of performance and efficiency.

Consider how even a 5% increase in productivity can significantly impact your organization’s bottom line. For example, a company that saves $10,000 per year due to higher productivity could save $100,000 over a decade.

2. Reduced organizational expenses

A major advantage of hiring remote employees is that it helps reduce operational costs. For one thing, there are no fixed costs associated with maintaining offices — such as rent, utilities, insurance, security, and other administrative expenses.

You’ll also avoid the cost of providing amenities like coffee machines, snacks, and printers which can add up quickly.  

You can use the savings to invest in your employees by providing stipends to set up their home office space, upskilling opportunities, and bigger bonuses. 

If you have a remote workforce, you also won’t have to pay for expensive relocation packages. Instead, you can offer flexible hours, resulting in a lesser turnover. 

If American companies allowed their employees to work remotely just half of the time, they would save an average of $11,000 per employee over a year. 

3. Makes your organization more competitive, and you can draw from the top global talent

One of the biggest perks of working remotely is that you can compete against companies that have brick-and-mortar offices. 

Not only does this give you access to a broader pool of candidates, but it allows you to attract talent from around the world. It also affords your organization the opportunity to hire based on skills instead of location. 

Gallup reports that 30% of potential work-from-home employees in the US would prefer not to return to the office. 

Guess where these employees will be looking to work?

It’s not rocket science — fully-remote organizations! 

4. Offers flexibility for your business model

The ability to adapt quickly to change is a critical competitive advantage. As the world becomes more connected, businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on technology to innovate and respond to new opportunities in real-time.

Remote work is championing the ability of businesses to remain flexible and adaptable to changes as they arise.

For example, if you run a small B2B company, you may not want to hire a sales department. Instead, you could use remote employees to sell directly to customers without the need for face-to-face interactions.

Or, if you’re a service provider, you might choose to offer services via video chat instead of in-person, which can allow you to scale. 

Hiring employees from different time zones can also enable you to support your customers 24/7. 

5. Reduced Carbon Footprint and Environmental Impact

Compared to the traditional office environment, virtual teams consume much less energy. 

Another benefit of having a fully-remote team is reducing carbon emissions by reducing travel requirements. This means less fuel used, fewer miles driven, and lower carbon footprints. 

In 2016, Dell’s remote employees together saved over $1,000,000 in fuel costs and avoided over 35,000 metric tons of CO2e emissions long before telecommuting became the rage.   

There’s also a substantial reduction in paper and plastic waste with work from home jobs.

Remote work offers a win-win situation for both sides — employers and employees. So, if you’re looking for ways you can save overhead costs while keeping your staff happy and productive, consider making the transition to a fully-remote organization. 

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