Spoiler alert: it's about people.
Remote companies, distributed teams, or whatever you want to call them. They are the Future of Work. I'm not the only one to say that. All the inspirational stories about work you can now read in the mainstream media say that too.
Are they right?
As I've taken the remote path for a few years now, I can't really argue with them. I'm a real Swiss Army Knife of remote work for having experienced it as a freelancer, a company founder, and an employee.
So I can share with you a fair opinion.
If you want to chose the remote way of life for your company, this is the first thing you should do. Ask yourself:
It's impossible to go further if you don't answer this simple question. By the way, it's actually also relevant to your personal life. You must always know the reasons behind your actions to come, otherwise, your successes or failures will be worthless.
Here are some random reasons among others: reduce cost, increase your talent pool, have a better internal process, possess a great corporate culture, give more benefits to your employees.
According to me, the reason why companies choose to go remote is simple: it's about PEOPLE. Yes, even for Karen.
Employees, colleagues, managers, founders...I don't care about their labels or positions, what I care is that this people will determine the success of the company. Remote work or not.
Even if remote work looks like the best solution of course. Indeed:
At the end, everyone is happier.
It sounds like a political speech. But it may be the first one to be true.
Better than words, let me show you some data.
The first subject of the study is obviously myself. The question is simple: has remote work been positive for the success of my career and my personal life?
The conclusion is straight forward. You can now upgrade your company to a remote one.
No kidding, remote work has definitely changed my life by offering me a better work/life balance, allowing me to spend more time with my family.
But let's come back to our main topic. You're here for some reliable data. So here it is.
Of course, it's not always easy:
One last thing!
Now you're ready for a long brainstorm. This "Why" is only the first step towards a remote work company. Tools are available to help you, based on the Lean Canvas, to question you on all the essential topics before launching your remote company.
The Remote Team Canvas is the perfect one to start.