When it comes to working remotely, we understand that you may have some concerns and questions. What happens to productivity? And how does communication work well when everyone goes remote? What about the cost?
And the list could go on and on…
But if you want to decide to shift toward a remote company, or if you’re interested in hiring a virtual team, it’s important for you to look at the common misconceptions about working remotely.
We listed 7 myths, along with useful insight, to help you gain a better understanding about working remotely — and to see if it’s something you can picture your business moving toward!
MYTH 1: Working remotely means that your company will have little to no culture.
Company culture can be just as strong in a virtual business environment! All it really requires is commitment.
And if your employees are committed and dedicated to building the culture, you will create something special.
Here at The Centr, we have a team that is dedicated to an employee engagement program that encourages and supports team members in a variety of ways. Whether they share shout-outs, put together virtual events, send physical welcome packages, or just check-in to make sure your voice is heard, they truly go above and beyond.
MYTH 2: Your team will not be as productive as they would be in a traditional workplace.
Being in a traditional office still opens the door for plenty of opportunities for you to step away from work. Remember those coworkers who swing by your cubicle every so often to chat for 30 to 45 minutes? Or how the long journey up the stairs sounded more appealing than getting back at your desk? But even so, people are productive in an office.
It’s the same with working remotely.
Working remotely will present other distractions. People will take their dog outside, grab a snack from the kitchen and check their laundry. That’s OK.
Just because you’re remote doesn’t mean you can’t take breaks! Acknowledging that remote workers are still human is so important. When you accept that people will take breaks, just like they would in an office, you will understand that people will continue to be productive — no matter where they’re working.
MYTH 3: Working remotely means you have a great work-life balance.
Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you have your work-life balance figured out. Like any other job, you need to find what works for you.
No, being remote doesn’t mean you’re available 24/7. But it does require you to set boundaries and communicate them, to ensure you are creating space for yourself and your family.
For example, set your work hours and put them in your shared calendar. If you have an instant messaging communication tool like Slack, allow notifications for the times that you intend to work. If it’s outside of your working hours, try to leave it for tomorrow.
The most important thing when you work from home is that you do figure out the best way to prioritize your wellbeing, family and life alongside your work.
MYTH 4: Communication will lack among your team.
Have you seen recent technology? We believe that your communication will be stronger when you work remotely. You can reach anyone in the company at any time.
Even if you experience time zone differences, you have better access to previous communication threads or work logs — allowing people to stay in-the-know more than an office. You can even record your meetings, which gives people the opportunity to go back and listen to what was said. It’s also useful for people who couldn’t originally attend!
There are also a handful of tools that will keep your employees connected, help manage everyone’s projects and propel your business to achieve its goals.
We recommend Slack for overall communication among your employees, G-Suite for an affordable option to house your files and easily collaborate on projects, and Zoom for the best “face-to-face” connection you’ll get.
There are plenty of other useful tools, but these three will make a HUGE difference on your communication while you work remotely.
MYTH 5: Going virtual will cost more.
When you go virtual, you actually save money!
Yep, that’s right.
You aren’t paying for office space, desks, computers, office supplies… You may pay for the supplies your employees need to work efficiently (i.e., computer mouse, headset) but all of the costs are less expensive than a traditional workspace.
Now what are you going to do with that extra money for your business?
MYTH 6: Remote workers don’t need to get ready for the day. They can stay in their pjs!
It’s really up to the business. Some remote companies still want to maintain a business professional or business casual look. And that’s great!
Some companies are OK with employees wearing casual clothes every day.
At The Centr, we make sure we’re business casual on the top. The bottom is completely up to you! We have experts all around the United States working remotely, and we welcome them in pjs. Just as long as you feel comfortable and are ready to work, wearing sweatpants and slippers are perfectly fine!
MYTH 7: Your business can’t do everything remotely.
Did you know you can do just about anything remotely in your business? And it’s not just technology, IT or sales services!
From accounting to marketing, human resources to employee experience initiatives, public relations to administrative support… All of these services can be done remotely. And they can be done extremely well.
Think about it.
When you work remotely, you don’t have to limit yourself to hire within your area. You immediately have access to the largest pool of talent — allowing your business to utilize and offer any service that you would normally have in a traditional workspace!