For the longest time, in-person office culture has been the dominant way to work. However, this is changing. Labour movements and the pandemic have created a situation where the general populace is ready for change. If it's been the only way you’ve ever worked, it may be difficult to imagine what life would be like in a more employee-oriented culture that allows flexibility in work hours and location. Too easy is to grow accustomed to the flaws of office work and assume they are a necessity of modern work, but they are not! Office workers have had a taste of working from home and are ready to unshackle themselves from the 9-to-5, commute-to-work lifestyle they’ve grown tired of living.
Inflexibility For Employees
The traditional 9-to-5, in-person everyday office culture is a never-ending unmoving routine for millions of people around the world. This 9-to-5 routine offers very little wiggle room for employees, never accounting for how an employee's lifestyle outside of work may change drastically over the years. A worker who was initially childless will now find it very difficult to be part of their child's youth if they are in the office at least 8 hours a day (not including commute).
Meanwhile, newer hybrid work models would allow a worker to be at home a few days a week, during which he can sit down and eat lunch with his child if they’re there, or even pick them up from school if not.
A more flexible work culture allows your employees to fit their work around their personal life, not the other way around, vastly improving their well-being and reducing employee turnover.
The Labour Pool Problem
The key to any growing company is having engaged, skilled workers. Having a bloated workforce can slow down communications and require too many managers to efficiently keep everyone on the same page. This is why it is incredibly important to take on skilled, passionate people, or at least those with potential, and this becomes increasingly difficult as a static office in a city with growing competition.
Traditional office culture has a very limited hiring pool in comparison to a company with distributed teams. Limited by their geographical location they can only hire people who live nearby and for whom the commute doesn’t make them mad.
Not only is the labour pool limited in size, but it is also easy to exhaust. With as many start-ups, side hustles, and chains as there are these days, the competition for skilled workers has never been higher, and if you’re all fishing from the same pond, the catch can dry up very quickly. Distributed teams do not struggle with this problem, being able to hire people internationally and expand their search with ease to match the requirements of the position.
Office Culture Makes it Hard to Expand
The hiring practice isn't the only thing that traditional office culture makes more difficult. Expanding your company beyond your initial location is difficult when you are locked into one region. If you’re a startup you’ll find yourself almost exclusively working with other companies nearby and having customers who are local. Meanwhile a company with a virtual office workspace that operates online finds no barriers to partnering with companies from different countries and picking up international interest.
Here at Wurkr, we have users from India, UK, America, Japan and so many more, this would not have been possible if locked geographically to one country.
The Problem of Unintentional Exclusion
While not intentional, traditional work culture can be very exclusive. The requirement to be in the office 9-to-5 five days a week is something that a lot of people cannot meet. Digital nomads are often extremely skilled workers, knowing they have the expertise in demand that they can make money solely through remote work, allowing them to travel the world while working. Nomads are incompatible with in-person office work, and so are left out by companies that’d otherwise be a great fit.
Autistic people also find working in traditional roles difficult. As revealed in an ONS publication only 22% of autistic adults are in “any kind of employment”, this implicit exclusion is shocking. The remote office workplace can be hostile to people with sensory disabilities, loud flickering office lights, and constant background noise can be too much to deal with and forces them away from the office.
Wurkr is the Tool for You
With Wurkr’s 14-day free trial, there really is no reason not to give us a chance, and if you do, we are sure you’ll fall in love with how easy it makes to ditch the traditional office work culture that you’ll want to join our growing community with members from all over the world (literally).