For many reasons, remote work has known a great development: 80% increase in telecommuting between 2005 and 2012.
Internet is obviously the main reason, it allows workers to work from high distance.
Despite of this development, most of the companies continue to think that remote work is for lazy people, hipsters or generation Y people who want to stay at home.
A recent study shows all the advantages of the telecommuting, demonstrates benefits for business and faces all the stereotypical ideas of remote workers
Today, the typical telecommuter is a 49-year-old, he has a college graduation, no matter if it is a man or a woman, he earns about $58,000 a year and belongs to a company with more than 100 employees.
Most of the time, he doesn’t stay at home and go to co-working spaces, library, coffees, or whereever wi-fi is, to continue to be in a quiet atmosphere.
But if a company wants to benefit from all these advantages and create a productive remote team, there is some rules to respect, mixing talent culture and technology.
Firstly, you need talented self-starters.
Staff who don’t need hand-holding is essential in remote teams. They should have a shared vision and commitment to the company values.
Trust is also essential and has to work both ways.
Culture is a shared set of values, translated into decisions and actions, which, over time establishes one company culture as uniquely different from another.
Businesses with remote teams don’t have the luxury of as much face time as others, which is why they have to work harder to create strong cultures.
Finding the right people and getting buy-in to a vision and values are the most difficult aspects of remote working. But technology tools has to be at the disposal of the remote workers to be efficient.
Thanks to the cloud, the virtual desktop, and every new technology storms coming, remote work will be more and more easier and generalized