- David Plaza
Remote working: Benefits and new challanges.
There is no doubt that COVID-19 has meant for business organizations the need to adapt their infrastructures and operational models to a new labor paradigm, led by remote working. According to data from the INE, before the pandemic only 4.8% of Spaniards worked remotely, far from the 14% registered in countries such as Finland or the Netherlands.
The Coronavirus has accelerated this process and currently remote work has increased in Spain up to 60%. Particularly for the IT sector, many companies already had work-life balance plans designed for a progressive application, in such a way that their adaptation to this new labor paradigm has been more natural and has allowed companies to enjoy the advantages that this new work system offers.
Remote working benefits
Mainly related to physical work spaces, energy and hiring.
Greater worker satisfaction.
Elements such as reduced travel time, the ability to focus on your tasks away from office distractions, as well as achieving a better work-life balance with more flexible hours, significantly improves the quality of life of employees.
Access to talent
Removing location factor, opens the door to the search for talent. If the employee does not need to be physically in an office, the company can access the best professionals without any geographic restriction. This not only helps the company to create highly qualified teams, but also reduces time to find a suitable professional for the position.
Environmental pollution reduction
Software companies like us, we have a much lower environmental impact in our production processes, but we are not immune to our commitment to respect the environment. Reducing the emission of polluting gases emitted by vehicles during daily trips to the office is a social benefit that must be valued as a great advantage of remote working.
Challenges building the right team.
All that glitters is not gold and making sure a remote team performs also comes with great challenges. One of them, is to properly choose your collaborators. In addition to people with knowledge of a certain technology, it will be key to look for profiles with a series of skills and attitudes to develop their work independently. Here are some key points:
Those capable of getting things done even if they work from a desert island. Obviously, the team is always there to advise an approach or help out in whatever is necessary, but having problem solvers has great value.
Passion for technology.
It can be challenging to focus working from home, where distractions are frequent. However, all that is diluted if you are really dedicated to something that motivates you. When you have passion for what you do, you flow effortlessly and an innate proactivity arises that increases your creativity, which is directly proportional to your productivity.
Bring people on board you know you can trust. It is not advisable to monitor and check if the work objectives are met. This attitude will make your employees require your continued instruction and guidance, which will be detrimental to the development of their ability to face challenges on their own.
It is crystal clear, that remote working has come to stay. Transparency and effective communication are going to be more important than ever for this model to work. This new culture promotes improving the employee's work experience, helping them to achieve their best performance thanks to a more effective use of time, which benefits the team and ultimately the company.
About David Plaza
Life lover, he lives and breathes what he does. Passionate about creating software and playing golf. At the same time? You'll have to ask him.