Myth buster: Remote working is unproductive

Remote working has grown in popularity and is set to increase in a candidate led recruitment market, where people demand the freedom to work anywhere they choose.

Several studies have shown remote working boosts happiness and productivity (Stanford University 2013, Gallup 2017). Many companies have embraced this and benefited from an increased talent pool and a happier workforce. Aha is one of the fastest growing tech companies in the US and they have a 100% remote team. Many successful companies in the UK also have a distributed team e.g. Vodaphone, Mind the Product, Erlang Solutions and Dev Ops Group.

If you decide to embrace remote working, here are some tips to ensure the team experience is positive and productive.

  1. Nail your vision and values from the outset and ensure everyone understands and buys into WHY you exist.
  2. Clarify each job role, including responsibilities and accountability.
  3. Have a sound performance process to ensure everyone is rowing in the right direction.
  4. Make sure there is a communication plan e.g. weekly updates, monthly get togethers.
  5. Support your team via coaching and mentoring.
  6. Encourage team collaboration through problem solving sessions and project work.

We practice what we preach. Our team all work remotely across the UK!

Want to hear more about remote working? Listen to James Mayes, CEO of Mind the Product on the Recruiting Future podcast (episode 143, August 2018).