The way we work is rapidly changing. Some of us already manage fully-remote teams. Others have on-site employees that are going remote because of the coronavirus. But regardless of the current situation, distributed teams are here to stay.
In this article, we’re going to show you why distributed (remote) teams are the future of the workforce, and how they can help you grow your business.
Let’s take a look!
- Distributed Teams Provide Better Access to Talent
The employee you’ve always wanted to hire might be living across the world.
If you have an on-site team, you can’t hire them, regardless of the perfect culture fit and their stellar productivity habits.
But with distributed teams, hiring people from all over the world is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
It’s no secret that the contemporary workforce values flexibility above all else. Additionally, 76% of the workers would be more willing to stay with their current company if it provided flexible work options.
So when this crisis passes, start thinking about working with distributed teams.
Top talent values flexibility and remote work significantly reduces stress. By providing them with such an opportunity, you could become the dream employer.
How’s that for competitive advantage?
2. Distributed Teams Are More Productive
Offices are full of distractions, so one of the main benefits remote workers emphasize is the ability to focus. And when you can focus, you can be productive.
According to SurePayroll, 86% of workers prefer to work alone to achieve maximum productivity.
Remote workers are also 24% more likely to be productive and happy with their jobs.
If we know that job satisfaction and low-stress levels are crucial to talent retention, it becomes clear that distributed teams are productive and happy teams.
3. Remote Work Improves Work-Life Balance
Traditional workers spend 19 full workdays per year stuck in traffic as they travel between their homes and their offices. It’s no wonder that their work-life balance is fragile.
As Gen Z would put it: “Commuting is toxic.”
Conversely, diverse teams don’t have to worry about their daily commute. They plugin, complete their work, and plug out.
Remote work also influences significant life decisions.
According to recent research, 24% of remote workers have made decisions such as going back to school because they worked remotely.
Remote work frees up a lot of your employees’ time. And when they can focus on their goals and feel accomplished, they’re going to contribute more at work.
4. Remote Work Increases Accountability
Think about a typical office scenario. You’ve got plenty of employees, and no sustainable way of tracking their performance. Some put in more effort, while others engage in what’s commonly known as social loafing.
But when you have a distributed team, you can see everything.
Because distributed teams rely on performance tracking and collaboration software, you can easily see who’s doing what.
You can even make accountability fun.
You can give points to your employees for every task they successfully complete.
Whenever a team member accomplishes something notable, Spinify will trigger an achievement celebration with music.
At the same time, you can review every team member’s performance in their Score Card.
And when every team member knows they’re being held accountable for their work, they’ll be more likely to give their 100%!
5. Distributed Teams Reduce Overhead Costs
Finally, it’s time to talk about numbers.
Can you profit from having a distributed team?
The answer is a resounding yes!
Forget about rent, utilities, and frequent travel reimbursements.
And while we’re at it, forget about settling for hires that are not the perfect fit.
When you have distributed teams, you can hire anyone, regardless of their physical location.
And by carefully selecting your workforce while reducing your costs, you’ll be able to improve your productivity, results, and retain talented individuals who can help your company grow.
Manage Your Distributed Team with Spinify
Spinify is full of features that will help you manage your distributed team:
- Performance tracking
- Automated recognition
- Personalized coaching insights
- Job engagement and productivity improvement
- Leaderboards and contests for healthy competition
- Plain old fun!
Who says managing distributed teams is hard?