At Newsletter Pro, we are living proof that the remote work model works under the right conditions. After making the shift in 2020, we have opened ourselves up to lots of great opportunities we would not normally have had. Now we have staff members from all over the U.S. who bring their unique insights and experiences to work every day. Our staff is also better equipped to work whenever — and wherever — they need, providing them with added flexibility.
While all of that is great, switching to remote was not something we did without a plan. If you’re thinking about transitioning to a work-from-home model, even just part time, then you need to consider the move carefully before making your final decision.
Does Remote Work Make Sense For Your Industry?
Not every job is suitable for a remote work environment. Some industries like contracting and retail, where staff have to be present to service customers, are obviously not good candidates, but other less-obvious industries are not suited to remote work, either.
Here’s one good question to ask yourself before considering making the transition to a remote work model: “How important are face-to-face interactions for my business?”
This might even be different from business to business within the same industry. For example, one consulting firm might be able to have their staff work from home, while another might have based their business around in-person networking and meetings. Only you will be able to know how the specifics of your business would translate into a remote work model.
Are You Willing To Invest In Making The Shift To Remote?
While switching to a remote business model can save you and your employees money in the long run, in the short term, it is a considerable investment. You’ll need to purchase equipment like laptops to send home with your staff — not to mention any premium subscriptions to programs like Zoom or Slack. So, if you’re thinking about making the switch, make sure you are prepared for the sizable price tag that will come with it.
Is Your Staff Ready For The Switch?
Just like how not all businesses are ready to switch to a remote work model, not all workers are prepared, either. If you’re going to make a successful transition, you’re going to need employees who are adaptable and up to the task. While remote work is here to stay and is quickly becoming an essential perk for retaining great employees, the ground work still needs to be laid to allow employees a smooth transition before making the shift.
What Are The Pros And Cons Of Switching to Remote?
Several myths are floating around about the disadvantages of remote work, and there are some downsides for sure. Remote work does prevent many face-to-face interactions that could be valuable for building relationships. That can make it more difficult to build a coherent company culture (although, great remote company culture can still be achieved with a little extra effort — and we’re proof of that).
So, make sure you’re taking time to evaluate what the advantages and disadvantages would be for your business if you moved to a remote work model. Consider talking it out with your staff to get their feedback. Take time to consider all of your individual factors carefully before making your final decision. You’ll be glad you did.