Remote working has come a long way in a short time. As the working from home culture takes hold, the benefits of a flexible workforce becomes more apparent. Of course, some business owners will still be sceptical, but the latest interactive technology makes remote working a powerful business tool.
With the right approach and use of technology, you and your team can be just as productive out of the office as you are in it. Remote working isn’t a replacement for the traditional work pattern, but an enhancement that can boost productivity and open up new business opportunities.
The freedom of flexibility
Remote working tends to get labelled as working from home. Which is fine. There are a number of benefits to working from home – for employee and business alike. But that’s a very limited view of remote working.
Remote working doesn’t have to be done at home. It can be done anywhere – that’s the whole point. You and your team can get stuff done at home, on the way to the office or the other side of the country.
You can go much further than that too. No reason you can’t take your work with you, on that next business trip. In fact, maybe you don’t need to take that business trip at all. Remote working gives you fully collaborative working, on the go. It gives you digital meeting room to connect with staff, new clients and important guests, from any location.
Remote working isn’t just for non-management
Another common assumption is that remote working is for junior staff. It doesn’t have to be. Remote working can work for business owners and management too.
If your staff is spread out between locations, it’s tempting to load up on management staff to keep things in order. That might not be necessary though. Interactive technology like video conferencing means you can be everywhere you need to be.
Equally, your management team can use remote working and interactive tech to their advantage. So you could need less management than you think to keep things running.
Getting the most from remote working takes a change of mentality. Limit your ideas junior staff working from home and the benefits will be minimal. Take full advantage of remote working – and the technology on offer – and the business opportunities are plentiful.
You’re not limited to workers in the UK. You can take your staff hunt further and make use of talent from overseas. Collaborative technology means you and your team can work effectively with international staff and external companies. You can outsource work to overseas specialists. Or build a more cost-effective team with cheaper staff from abroad.
It works both ways too. You can pitch your own expertise to companies around the world. Or attract foreign investment with your abilities to work remotely across the globe. Collaborative technology takes location and time zones out of the equation. So no matter where you want to take your business, you’re only a click away.