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5 Reasons Why Your Company Will Never Let you Work Remotely & 3 Why They Might

The most important thing workers want today is remote working opportunities.

Every single one of us wants, and increasingly expects, five things:

  • control
  • balance
  • flexibility
  • autonomy

1. Most companies don’t feel comfortable giving their workers these things

The average talent between office-first and remote-first companies will grow slowly at first before a rapid explosion. The reason?

Company 1

  • ⏰time there a KPI
  • 🏙️worker, expensive city
  • 📍hire best person 30-mile radius

Company 2

  • 📈output is the KPI
  • 🌏worker, live anywhere
  • 📍hire best person globally

Which company do you think will win?

The answer is as obvious as it is inevitable.

The challenge for companies is that, right now, they don’t know what the difference is between operating remotely. Rather than leveraging all the benefits of remote work to maximize productivity, they want to replicate office work for remote workers.

The changes required to move from remote-work to office-work:

  • output over time
  • flexible over fixed
  • control over chaos
  • ability over location
  • written over spoken
  • efficiency over waste
  • skills over credentials
  • focus over distraction
  • trust over surveillance
  • autonomy over dependence

2. Most companies aren’t ready to transition to this way of working

The difficulty of transition isn’t what most people think it is.

Or even: Remote-first vs. Office-first

It’s: Async-work vs. Sync-work

and: Async-first vs. Sync-first

Everyone who’s worked remotely knows it’s the superpower that enables them to do their best ever work. Everyone who’s working remotely understands the benefits when you escape the instantaneous gratification of distraction factory adult kids club open offices. The problem is that the decision

3. Most companies have no experience of working remotely correctly

Everyone has worked for a bad manager

It doesn’t matter that you do more work than every other member of the team while you are there in less time. If you clock in at 9 and leave at 5, you will be viewed in a negative way. We’ve all heard the critique of ‘good afternoon’ when we arrive 5 minutes late’ or something equally childish when we leave early, but this is the only way of operating bad managers understand.

4. Most managers have no idea how to manage remotely and are scared

‘This won’t work for us — our culture is different’

Everyone knows that diversity, and increasing it, is a very good thing. It leads to more creative solutions, a wider spread of ideas, and generally a better more profitable company. Offices lead to a lack of all those things. Meetings that descend into the loudest, most forceful person in the room pushing their agenda. Time wasted debating things that could have been a long-form document that everyone could have read then contributed to.

‘We don’t want to lose those moments of serendipity. Two workers meet at the water cooler, solve a huge problem that leads to an explosion of creativity.’

‘Nothing beats in-person collaboration!’

‘Some people get the majority of their social contact at work!’

5. Most managers have no idea how to manage remotely and are scared

The reason that is so crazy?

In the past, an office was a sign that a company had made it

An external signifier that suggested they were doing real work

1. Companies won’t see office-space as a good use of capital

The smartest people I know personally ALL plan to work remotely in the next decade

The remote workers I know would NEVER work for a company that wasn’t remote again

The best companies I know personally ALL plan to hire remotely in the next decade

The remote companies I know would NEVER employ a worker than wasn’t remote again

That’s what non-remote companies are up against. The best, most exciting companies only offering remote work. Their costs will be significantly lower. Their average talent level will be significantly higher. That married to the fact almost every talented person on the planet wants more remote working opportunities means this is the perfect storm.

2. Companies will see remote as a way to retain and attract great talent

Written by

CEO / Founder / Coach @FirstbaseHQ Empowering people to work in their lives not live at work ✌️✌

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