The internet has brought us all closer together in so many different ways and one particular phenomenon that has transformed the way we do business, is the ability to tap into a global workforce and make running a remote company easier than it has ever been.
Making that all happen is what Hubstaff is all about and their primary aim is to provide you with the framework and the infrastructure to create a platform which allows your workforce to work together in real time and with a high degree of transparency.
Greater level of freedom
It does not take long to discover that there are already a multitude of companies around the globe who are positively thriving on the strength of their ability to create and maintain a successful remote business model.
One of the many features surrounding Hubstaff, is that it allows you to give you and any other team members the freedom to work remotely and efficiently anywhere they want and anytime, but it also provides the sort of monitoring and performance tools necessary to ensure that everyone is putting in the hours and delivering the work you expect from them, in the same way as you would expect if everyone was physically located in one office.
There are numerous companies who operate with a distributed team that works from many different corners of the planet.
There are definite cost advantages to this scenario as you don’t have the traditional overheads associated with setting up an office space, but there can be barriers to overcome and acclimatize to which come with a remote working setup.
Communication between team members generally has to be a bit more deliberate and structured than it might be if you were all sharing an office space together and bouncing ideas off each other. Remote working can make it harder to brainstorm and form the sort of personal bonds and interaction that you get in an office environment, but there are plenty of pros to counteract the cons.
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that productivity levels are very good with remote working, mainly because the team member has the freedom to choose the work environment they find most conducive to their performance and comfort.
In addition to being able to work in comfortable and familiar surroundings without the need to commute, employees can often enjoy the freedom to set their own hours and fit their work around their family commitments and leisure pursuits.
There may be perceived barriers to overcome regarding remote working but the feedback from existing companies who have fully embraced the concept, is that the advantages should outweigh the disadvantages if you approach the facility in the right way and give team members the right level of autonomy whilst still being part of a workforce with schedules to meet and targets to achieve.
Tap into talent
One of the fundamental advantages to your business not being tied into a specific physical location, is that it gives you access to a much wider talent pool.
Taking away the physical barriers of location and the need to commute, allows you to cast the net far wider than you could if you were trying to recruit within a specific region or locality.
With a fully operational remote working facility like Hubstaff at your disposal, it gives your business the potential to tap into talent that you may otherwise have been unable to attract.
The lack of geographical constraints is a positive point for your business model and allows you to take a more global approach to your general recruitment policy. This can also make you an attractive proposition to someone who can work for you remotely without having to consider a relocation or having to commute.
One of the main stumbling blocks to fully embracing a remote working arrangement is the feeling amongst some business owners that they will not be able to see what their employees are doing in the same way that they could in a traditional office environment.
The point to consider is that monitoring employees using timesheets or via some form of software involves analyzing historical data and reviewing performance data that is based on the past and not the present.
A point about services like Hubstaff is that you have access to real-time data and this can actual be a positive point that is embraced by employees rather than met with a sense of hostility that they are being constantly monitored as though there were a general lack of trust in them working as required.
Access real-time data allows you to see exactly what is being done and allows you to obtain better data as well as making more informed business decisions that are not based on historical data. There are also plenty of employees who positively enjoy the experience of software that is tracking their performance in this way, as it allows them to demonstrate what they are working on and how fast and efficient they actually are in completing the task presented to them.
Taking an alternative view
If you use remote working in the right way, there is every chance that you will soon adopt a more positive and alternative outlook to running your business than you may have considered previously.
If you consider the idea of managing a specific work project as your primary objective and then the person or team assigned to the task as your secondary consideration, you will quickly find that you start to operate your business on a results-driven basis, rather than concentrating on the volume of work or tasks completed.
This alternative emphasis can be achieved using project management tools and will allow you to divide up responsibilities amongst team members much more easily and reduce the risk of burdening one person with a workload or level of responsibility that they can deal with efficiently.
Using a resource like Hubstaff allows you to continually manage any number of remote teams who may be working on separate projects and you should find that managing remote teams is easier and more efficient than you perhaps envisaged beforehand.
The above is a guest post by Joseph Handley of HubStaff.