When you first start looking into remote working it’s easy to get caught up in, or turned-off by, the evangelical zeal that accompanies the topic. 

So, I thought I’d share with you the main reasons given to me for starting remote work.

Office Space issues

  • You’re running out of space in the office for new/growing teams.
  • You’re refurbishing the office and don’t have enough space while that’s happening.
  • You want to save money on the cost of office space/rent.
  • You’re working on an moon-shot project and want to protect the project team from interruptions.

Access to skilled workers

  • You want to hire skilled workers from the rest of the world.
  • You want to hire someone with specialist skills that are either scarce or in high demand.

Employee benefits

  • A valued employee has had a lifestyle change such as their spouse’s job has changed, or they’ve had a child and you don’t want to loose them.
  • You want to give your team flexibility over when/how they work.

As you can see the reasons for choosing remote working are mostly utilitarian or mundane, they are definitely not making a statement about the future of work.

However, by choosing remote working they were able to solve a problem, and enjoy a slew of other benefits such as increased productivity and increase staff loyalty.