At CodeControl, we know that remote work simply works—and we say that with years of successful remote collaboration under our belt. Here are the reasons why we strongly believe in this new way of working, which has recently become more important due to the COVID pandemic.
1. Remote work gives you access to the best tech talent
The best developers, product managers, and designers out there are embracing the Future of Work. More and more talented tech professionals are ditching their steady jobs for more flexible, location-independent careers. They can be anywhere in the world as long as there’s wifi - and they’re not ready to give up that freedom.
If you want to attract them, you need to offer remote work. By doing so, you’ll significantly increase your talent pool. You can attract professionals who would normally never take notice of you. This is especially promising for companies in smaller cities or rural areas. Their location may not be the most interesting, but that doesn’t matter anymore. Remote work allows you to become more attractive as an employer as well as appeal to top talent among freelancers.
2. Remote work saves costs
As a remote employer, you save on general office costs, such as rent, equipment, electricity and maintenance. Maybe you only run a relatively small office with flexible desks, or you use space in a coworking space. Or maybe your company no longer has an office at all and the team works together completely digitally.
If you hire remote freelancers, you can further reduce your expenses: You save costs for work equipment such as laptops and monitors. In addition, you only pay for the productive hours worked. Employees, on the other hand, receive their salary regardless of their actual work performance. For a detailed comparison of costs, see our article “Freelancers vs. Employees: Comparing the Costs”.
Your recruiting expenses can also be significantly lower with remote work. You can fill permanent positions faster if you offer location-independent work. And if you find freelancers through a platform like CodeControl, you don’t need to pay a recruiter.
3. Remote workers are more productive
Remote workers save the hassle of commuting, are less distracted by meetings or commotion in the office, and can adjust their work hours to suit their preferences and life circumstances. This benefits people who have families and the time they gain gives them more room for childcare. But there are clear benefits for everyone else, too: They improve their work-life balance and can work exactly at the times when they are most productive. Not everyone’s best hours are between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
This feeling of flexibility and self-determination motivates both freelancers and employees. As a result, they are happier and more engaged at work. Freelancers are encouraged to perform at their best, and employees are happy to stay with the company.
4. New tools make remote work even more effective
Some of us may not even remember working without Slack, Zoom, Jira or Trello. In fact, very sophisticated apps have been developed in recent years that enable better and more effective remote work. They facilitate easy communication and structured collaboration. Especially for hybrid teams, they are the basis of location-independent collaboration.
Tech freelancers know these tools inside out. In the vast majority of cases, they don’t need any onboarding and can start collaborating right away. That also means savings in time and cost.
5. The Future of Work is remote
The COVID pandemic has accelerated a development that has been apparent for some time: The world of work is becoming increasingly flexible. Skilled talents (especially in the tech sector) are in high demand, and the desire for location independence is growing. As a result, every company must now ask itself whether and to what extent it can enable remote work - at least if it wants to be fit for the future.
Companies like Hotjar or Zapier have been working completely remotely for a while now, and big names like Google, Twitter and Spotify have also opened up strongly to remote work in recent months. So if you offer remote work, you’re positioning yourself as a leader in the tech industry, one of the pioneers in the Future of Work.