Remote work is a big buzzword nowadays for a reason. Spreading a workforce over a geographic region or area saves companies enormous amounts of money and allows them to develop better talent more quickly.
At the same time, remote work isn’t without its challenges. Here are some of the great things that remote work models do for businesses when top-class technology facilitates them.
No More Hotels
In the old days, remote workers had to fly around the country and visit offices and departments all over their territories. The traveling salesman was a well-known character in the 20th century. But now we have powerful videoconferencing and audio conferencing tools. And that means the traveling salesman usually stays home.
You don’t need an adding machine to see how much money videoconferencing can save companies in letting people do their work through video and audio conferencing. There is the cost of the airfare, and the cost of the hotel, which is often reimbursed. There are per diem meal costs and the cost of the hours that it takes to get where workers are going. It’s not just salespeople, either. The direct flow of information over the Internet means that we can do many of our traditional jobs remotely.
The Versatility of Remote Workers
Sometimes people are even more productive working from a remote location than they would be in a head office.
Workers in the field can get seamlessly connected to headquarters. Workers in the home can manage their day-to-day activities while still contributing their full workload to an employer.
When remote work is set up the right way, it can add to a company’s productivity and profit.
Office to Office Collaboration
Another significant value of remote work is that it brings people together no matter where they are.
In the old days before modern technologies like the Internet, you heard people talk about someone “driving down from corporate.” This involved an individual from headquarters traveling out to some local area to make sure operations there were in good shape.
These days, this type of collaboration between offices can be much more robust. People at headquarters can get all sorts of information about localized offices. Teams can brainstorm and collaborate over powerful video and audio conferencing tools, giving the business a much better vantage point to compete in its given markets.
Reaching a Global Audience
Since today’s businesses can do more remotely, they’re often expected to do more remotely. Customers want high availability from a company. They want business systems to be capable and versatile.
Today’s companies set up innovative contracts with third-party service providers so that their systems are always available to customers all over the country, or across the globe.