Are remote operations helpful for startups?Ranjeet Wadhwa
Searchline Database channels your free time to freelance and remote work - a transition which isn't as easy as it may seem. There are distinct advantages of going remote from the very beginning as per several startup founding teams.
Starting out as a partially or even fully remote company represented a daunting prospect about a decade ago. However, an evolution in tech tools for remote teams, a culture shift toward focusing on greater work-life balance, and an increasingly competitive environment where the best teams win, have enabled the movement toward remote functioning.
Companies like Searchline Database, Comet Infowave etc have been remote since day one—or, as NodeSource puts it, “distributed by design”—and note that it has benefited them in several ways. Sharing the experience, a representative from Searchline Database said, “We started as a remotely operating company, and we put a lot of thinking into it. We laid out the pros and cons, talked to our team members and did some research.”
“Once we started (going remotely), we had a lot of questions about staying productive, maintaining a company culture and managing a distributed team and we all learned together to make it work. The most important reason we decided to operate remotely is because we wanted diversity, different angles and backgrounds,” he added.
The list of benefits of going remote is endless. However, there are three major perks of remote operations of a startup – competitive hiring, healthy work culture and more emphasis on productivity rather than politics.
Remote operations enable you to step out of a certain hiring radius and recruit from the very best hires globally for your company. People are the most important aspect of any budding company, as many venture capitalists and startup advisors have stated. Being able to form a diverse, cream-team from day one could be considered the biggest and most important advantage for remote companies.
Remote companies enable people to work wherever—and often whenever—they’re most comfortable. Engagement, motivation, and retention increase. When employee satisfaction is given a core focus, the business stands to benefit today and in the long term.
People working from home are healthier, thereby reducing sick days and absenteeism, as well as people coming into work with contagious colds and flu, all of which form a win-win situation for the employer. Organizations that force employees to come into their glitzy but noisy and distracting offices would be much better off if they instead let their employees work from home most of the time. Companies make far more profit by allowing employees to work from home and customize their schedule since the employees pour in all their dedication in the setup.
Remote companies lend themselves to being natural meritocracies, where the most effective players are noticed and rewarded. Moreover, office politics and gossip are reduced to zero when professional visibility is reduced to team calls, shared documents, and project output. However, the most significant impact is felt through the work accomplished, and greater transparency into team processes shows your accomplishments in ways beyond in-office, face-to-face collaborations.