Wurkr, a virtual office software company, makes a compelling argument for the remote-first work model through a series of virtual team-building exercises and enabling a healthy culture while still working distributedly.
As the world largely transitioned from in-office culture to hybrid/remote-first culture, we saw a significant amount of support as well as the opposition. However, some companies like Yahoo, BestBuy and Reddit vehemently opposed the idea of working remotely. The reasons they had quoted were many. The major arguments among them were around the following premises:
- Lack of creativity
- Lack of coordination
- Lack of innovation
- Lack of coherence in company culture among employees
There are various perspectives as to what kind of work model should be exercised to ensure a great company culture. Moreover, as far as the performance of remote employees is concerned, a Stanford survey found that the employees reported about a 22% of performance boost while working remotely. Moreover, studies by ADP Research Institute even suggested that 64% of employees are even willing to change jobs if they aren’t allowed Remote Working opportunities.
Why does the remote working model make more sense in the current situation?
- Ability to Design Asynchronous and Synchronous communication:
Remote-first companies offer an asynchronous mode of communication, which means that you communicate with your teams as per your time zone. Additionally, it is not necessary to answer all the emails as soon as you receive them. This ensures that work-life balance is maintained. You don’t have to worry about answering the nagging emails from your colleagues.
Also read, 7 Actionable Ways To Build Culture In Fully Remote Teams where we discuss in detail Asynchronous and Synchronous communication.
- Global workforce:
Having a global workforce means that a company that adopts it is hiring the most qualified and suitable people for the job. You hire the right people according to your company’s requirements and as per the affordability of the company without letting geographical boundaries become a barrier to having a high performing team.
Even better, a company that’s employing a globally distributed workforce is able to save the money they spend on a lot of areas such as owning an office space, paying taxes for office spaces, expenses related to travel allowances and logistics etc.
Moreover, hiring talents from all over the world helps a company accumulate more ideas that are sometimes only generated through cultural and geographical diversity.
- Flexible work schedules:
Flexible work schedules are inclusive of life events. If an employee also happens to be a caretaker for his/her parents, flexible work schedules can prove to be a boon for them. On the other hand, a mother caring for a hyperactive child can work as per her schedule when the child is off to school.
- Location independence:
When companies allow you to work from anywhere, you can travel AND work, simultaneously. This kind of flexibility builds trust between employees and employers. Who would not want to work and travel simultaneously?
Arguments against Remote Working
Contrary to the arguments favouring remote work, there are also several problems that arise with a team that starts working remotely as opposed to regularly going to offices. As a result of this, many companies initiated back to office campaigns once the pandemic subsided.
What are the main arguments against remote working?
A study by Chicago Booth’s Michael Gibbs and University of Essex’s Friederike Mengel and Christoph Siemroth found that although the work hours of remote employees increased by 30% which also included an 18% rise in the total hours spent beyond working hours. However, they lagged behind in the following aspects:
An increased amount of time spent on planning and coordination.
Setting up tasks and tracking them became more time costly.
Communication between teams became time-consuming.
On top of these, more and more studies shone a light on two more crucial aspects of remote working that weren’t working well for teams.
Overall morale among new employees took a hit.
Building a company culture became difficult.
Why Wurkr is a remote-first company?
Despite being aware of the very real issues of remote working, we adopted the remote-first work model. Because we had something that could completely revolutionise remote working forever. Our very own product is called Wurkr.
Wurkr, very simply said is a place where you can call an office, except it’s virtual. It enables teams to collaborate in real-time and have spontaneous conversations all day long by providing a virtual replica of office space with literally everything that a physical office space can provide you with except the boring commute and the avoidable consequences of the daily commute.
How did we, at Wurkr, manage to do it?
With Wurkr, employees can work from the location of their choice and continue to stay connected to their HQ. Real-time visibility and collaboration being one of the major USPs of Wurkr, there never was an opportunity for an employee to feel left out of the team as they sat in one (virtual) room to co-work, discuss, converse, chat, banter and what not. This helps in building an exceptional company culture and helping the employees stay close to the heart and soul of the company’s values.
We at Wurkr never ran out of topics to chat about because, after all, it was an office space like any other. This could be work discussions, singing Christmas carol songs, or a virtual onboarding of a new employee. Having fun is never impossible at Wurkr.
With such a flawless structure, we stand for the idea that the teams in a distributed/remote-first/hybrid environment need a great tool to establish seamless communication without sending multiple email invites. Because come on, we all know those annoying invites that either get cancelled or rescheduled sometimes because of busy work schedules.
Remote Working is the need of the hour
So that is why Wurkr is a remote-first company. Because we think and work as a team, no matter wherever we are. Which also forms our motto - Working Together from Anywhere!