Since the Covid-19 pandemic took the world by storm, organizations all around the world have introduced remote work in different capacities. The consensus is that remote work allows greater flexibility than working from the office, but only if employers allow it. Here’s what some business owners have to say about what makes remote culture truly flexible.
Being truly flexible requires specific technologies that will help your workers communicate and collaborate with each other from remote locations. Communicating with coworkers and reporting to your supervisors is very difficult without such technology. If a company doesn’t provide you with such technology but claims to support flexibility, it may just be lip service. Moreover, having policies that make it easier for workers to set their own schedules and work according to individual timelines is what actually makes the company culture flexible.
Jessica Kats, Marketing Manager of Soxy
In a flexible remote culture, the timings are not strict. As long as you get your work done by the end of the day, you don’t have to follow a strict timetable with regard to logging in and out of work. There’s also no time-zone tracking system. This means that the leadership takes care not to assign urgent tasks to workers in a different time zone if they have already completed their allotted working hours.
Elisa Bender, Co-founder of RevenueGeeks
A truly flexible remote work culture is defined by autonomous relations with employees. Individuals would have complete control over how they perform tasks. In a remote office, employees would no longer need to report every single component to their line manager. An autonomous environment would ensure that employers fully trust their employees regarding work. They don’t have to hover around the workers to ensure everything is in order every minute; there’s a high level of trust involved.
Dan Shepherd, HR Director of VEI Communications
One sign that remote work culture is truly flexible is that employers are aware of the difficulties employees may face during collaboration. And they are taking effective action to resolve those issues. So, it can promote a healthy work environment where employees can thrive to become better versions of themselves. As a result, workers will be more comfortable sharing anything with the supervisors.
Ava Martin, Founder of Quality Water Lab
In a flexible remote culture, there is proper transparency. This is one of the most important aspects of an office, especially in hybrid work models. Both employers and employees know the progress of the sales and marketing tactics that are being used. That’s because supervisors trust the workers to make them an integral part of the decision-making process, even if they are not in the direct line of sight. It encourages employees to be more vocal and present their ideas as well.
Susan Gagnon, Editor-in-chief of Costumes Heaven