Remote working can present unique opportunities and significant cost savings for both businesses and employees, including ditching the need for offices, long commutes, and creating a happier and more productive workforce. One of the major barriers to entry for companies considering the move to remote working is that there seems to be a lack of real-world case studies that clearly show you just how beneficial the switch can be for all parties, and much of the data related to remote workforces has not been made readily available by companies that have done it successfully. Here’s what you need to know about businesses which have successfully transitioned to a remote workforce, and how you can make your company one of them.
Buffer - An Example of a Successful Entirely Remote Workplace
One of the most successful case studies of an organization making a move to a fully remote workplace is Buffer, a social media management platform based in the United States. The company shut down its physical San Francisco office in 2015, relying entirely on its remote workforce ever since. Buffer has employees located all over the world, working from their homes, coffee shops, or on-the-go. These employees get to cut out inconveniences like commutes and dull office environments, as well as allowing employees to spend more quality time with their family and friends. Buffer still holds meetings and retreats twice a year, and encourages team members to communicate regularly to avoid social isolation.
As a result of the jump to an entirely remote workforce, Buffer has reported monthly savings of up to $7,000 thanks to the shutdown of their physical office space. Buffer also enjoys increased flexibility by having employees located in different time zones around the world, helping them to serve customers at all times without having to force employees to work long or overnight shifts. By embracing technology, shifting their workforce, and encouraging autonomy in their employees, Buffer has been able to save thousands every year, and have a happier, more productive workforce.
The Countless Benefits of Making the Jump to Remote Workforce
Organizations around the world are quickly becoming more comfortable with the idea of remote working as technology progresses and attitudes change - according to the 2017 Gallup study, up to 43% of American workers reported that they work remotely on occasion. The Gallup study reveals that employees can save big even when only working remotely 50% of the time, not spending nearly as much time or money on gas and the many other costs of commuting.
The freedom remote employees have can allow them to travel more often or move to areas with more affordable real estate options, not restricting them to large cities that require stressful and time-consuming commutes. In Buffer’s case, staff no longer have to live within commuting distance of San Francisco, a city that ranked in 2017 as the ninth most expensive real estate market in the world.
The increased amount of time spent at home with friends and family as well as heightened autonomy at work and the flexibility to work on a less traditional schedule results in a happier workforce. These benefits have seen the prevalence of remote jobs increasing steadily since 2008, with American employees working remotely an average of 3.13 hours every day.
Make The Seamless Transition with Unified Workflow Solutions
While the transition to a remote workforce may at first seem daunting to employers, modern workplace software solutions have made this jump easier than ever before with unified workflow technology. Employees can communicate through video, audio, or text chat and collaborate in real-time on word documents, spreadsheets, or presentations with G Suite, make sales calls right from their email inbox, enhance customer relationships and store vital information with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions like SugarCRM, Salesforce, and Zoho; and make business calls on-the-go using Vonage Business or RingCentral.
Managers who are worried about the productivity of their employees can use business intelligence solutions like Prodoscore, which assigns each employee with a unique “productivity score” that allows managers to address concerns as they arise proactively. With all these incredible tools at your disposal, and the proven cost-saving, productivity, and employee satisfaction benefits that come from harnessing the power of a remote workforce, there’s never been a better time to explore the world of remote working.
For more information on how UpCurve Cloud can help your business make the seamless transition to a remote workforce with unified workflow technologies, contact us today.