The Anatomy of a Great Remote Workplace

January 16, 2023

Companies are pushing to return to "normal" as trends begin shifting back to the old ways of working.

Varying arguments have emerged with loud voices on both ends of the remote work vs in-office debate. Whatever your opinion, employers are offering lesser remote work opportunities that are comparable to pre-pandemic times.

As a result, we're currently experiencing "the great remote work mismatch". That's what Linkedin's Head of Economics and Global Labor Markets, Rand Ghayad, told The Washington Post. “Workers are looking for jobs that offer certain attributes—like the ability to work remotely—that employers aren’t willing to offer.”

After the pandemic, companies have renewed efforts to return to normalcy by asking employees to come back into the office. This has resulted in an increased demand for workers who are available on-site and willing to work under more traditional working conditions. At the same time, many businesses have reduced flexibility benefits for employees.

Employers are now feeling a stronger sense of pressure to offer in-office work because they believe that their workforce is more productive when it is fully located in one place. With the economy sliding, companies see themselves as holding all the cards and workers may be less willing to make concessions during a time of economic hardship.

We’re at a crossroad now where you as a business owner gets to decide how you want to run your business and the type of talent you want to attract. The top talents of the world are looking for remote opportunities. This is how you can leverage this situation to reel them in with a great remote workplace:

Be a Tech-Enabled Business

To build a five-star virtual team, we need to start with the tools we can use to build an effective remote workplace. A modern business will require the right set of technology tools. By using the right technology, your business will be accessible and collaborative for both clients and employees.

Let me set the record straight here. We are not referring to tools that make it easier for you to micromanage. None of those keystroke tracking or remote monitoring tools. Nobody wants to work for Big Brother and knowing that someone is watching their every move isn't productive. We are talking about collaboration products such as the Google Suite, Miro, Loom and Slack.

As a business owner, it is important to ask yourself “What tools can make my employees’ lives easier and/or help me communicate with clients more effectively?” Adding these tools to your arsenal could make all the difference in delivering the quality your clients deserve.

Flexible Hours

A new generation of workers are entering the workforce, and they believe that the traditional 9-5 schedule is outdated. They aren't wrong there. The pandemic have proven that productivity goes through the roof when employees get to set their own schedules. 

Depending on the type of work that's needed, a majority of work deliverables don't require a set schedule. Whether you hire a morning person or a night owl, let them deliver the best work they can at their own pace, during their most creative hours.

The only thing that matters is whether the work produced meets quality standards, and if the deadline can be met. How long it took to complete the task does not matter in this case.

Give Them Autonomy

In a recent study by GoodHire, 82% of American workers said that they would consider quitting their job because of a crappy manager. The pandemic taught us self-worth and that micromanaging isn't a requirement for good work to be done.

Employees in 2022 are unwilling to put up with the incessant phone calls of micromanagers. People no longer want to accept being on-call on Slack all the time or glued to their work emails.

They want to feel appreciated and respected. One way to achieve this is by trusting them with the task at hand—whether that means giving them autonomy in their work or embracing a 21st-century remote work environment.

In Conclusion

The 90s management style that requires in-person micromanagement doesn’t really work anymore and is evident with some recent news of employees leaving in droves because of it. While most companies won’t go to that extreme, offering a remote work option opens up your business to a global pool of top talent.

If you aren’t ready to hire remote talent just yet, maybe a remote partner might be a better choice for you. With Mad Creative Beanstalk as your design partner, we’ll do all the heavy lifting and you can get access to the designs your business deserves, reliably.

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