Finding and hiring great people will be the largest hurdle you ever face as a small biz owner. Great people make for a great business but maybe, just maybe, building a dream team has little to do with telephone extensions, office space or a reception area and more to do with surrounding yourself with people of deep talents, sharp minds and strong motivations who just happen to work remotely.
The past two years have been a huge learning for me about what kind of team I would like to build; I even flimed a video about it, which you can also check out below
As you can tell from the video, it’s still all about communications and that’s a big understatement, because honesty and discipline have a huge part to play, on both sides – team leader and team member.
However, I think the moment I decided to change the way I built a team, the moment I worked out in my head that at least half the team would work from home and the other half would be people who I had never seen or met, was a real ah-ha realisation.
I gulped in some deep breaths and created a structure that is far from perfect but better suited to the way I work. There are still challenges that I am working through (more on that on another vlog) but the statistics out in the world are telling me I’m on the right path.
If you are interested in building a remote workforce I’d say the challenge would still be getting the folks with deep talents, sharp minds and strong motivations. Then, depending on your budget, you can decide if the arrangement is full-time or part-time or if the partnership is a collaboration and if yes, how will profits be shared. Finally, it will still be up to you to make your remote work environment thrive by building culture and using the right communications tools: Skype, Wunderlist, Slack, What’s App, Google to just to name a few.
In any case, check out this data from the world’s leading remote workforce platform, Upwork. When I look at the analytics, it tells me I am on the right path.
A study from MIT Sloan showed that dispersed teams could outperform groups which are collocated.
Cisco’s survey of 2000 employees revealed that 69% of workers noted higher productivity when working remotely, and 75% of them pointed to improvement in the timeliness of their work.
According to Harvard Business Review, remote workers tend to be more engaged with their supervisors and colleagues than in-office workers. The wide availability of technological solutions helps employees to stay connected, with video conferencing serving as the strongest bonding tool.
82% of remote workers report lower stress levels, and that has a huge impact on the organizations which employ them. The same study found out that 80% of employees reported higher morale when working from home, and 69% noted lower absenteeism.