Offsite work – long-term business development: All that you need to know about the trend of working outside the office
Everyone already knows that you can manage a business without a crowded office, but how will that affect output? What about organizational culture? And how does the employment of workers change in view of the situation? Here’s all the information you need.
The global health crisis brought about by the COVID-19 virus has without a doubt changed the whole situation. Many people have been quarantined or subject to closure restrictions, and could not come to their offices to work. But the work must continue moving. With no choice, working from home has become commonly accepted, to the point that it is no longer certain that it is worth going back to the old method of working in an office.
What is happening to workers’ output when working offsite?
What began as a “lack of choice” has been shown to be a solution that is not bad at all, and that includes considerable advantages. Despite the difficulties and challenges, and alongside the total elimination of the social aspect of working in an office, many workers are managing not only to keep their jobs, but even to be just as efficient, and sometimes even more efficient.
If you think of all the things that people do in order to get out of the house and travel to the office, you will discover how much time and how much money are saved when people stay at home to work. There are savings from obvious things, such as travel time and cost, meals, kitchenettes, rental of facilities, and more, to the less obvious things such as reducing exposure to people who are sick (which poses a risk in terms of sick days) and savings in liability insurance for workers, for instance.
How do people cope when working from home? It depends on whom you ask. There are those who believe that there are many advantages, mainly due to the capability of working continuously without wasting time. Others have difficulty getting use to the idea, and emphasize the lack of whole social matter, but strangely enough, most of them have slowly gotten used to the idea, and their productivity levels have even increased. It seems that they are fulfilling their social needs outside the workplace.
How can the organizational culture flourish with offsite work?
You already can’t go into the office next to yours for even one moment to check with the purchasing office whether the order has already been sent to the supplier. You can’t hold a chance conversation in the kitchenette, and your boss can’t even walk over by chance to see what is open on your screen instead of the code you have been working on for two days (clearly, you just opened facebook a minute ago just to clear out your notifications and were planning to close it just now…).
So yes, much of the time that would have been wasted is now being channeled to much more important needs. But all the intraorganizational communications have become more distant, more official. All of the facial expressions and body language are now hidden behind screens and keyboards, or in a good case, they can be guessed through vocal inflections over the phone, which has also become an integral part of ourselves.
Smart and successful organizations have also solved the method for skipping over this barrier and making communication more personal, while utilizing the advantages of remote communications that have been forced on the organization. The small and simple changes, like periodic video calls, a profile picture for the organizational chat group, initiated calls from team leaders, and making information from management available to all workers, have brought remote communications much closer.
In addition, because of this distancing that we haven’t exactly managed to get used to, new work habits have developed. People aren’t so quick to call a colleague before trying to solve something on their own. In this way, they push themselves to become more efficient and professional, and interrupt each other less. The chance movement in the company’s hallways, which created more movement, is now gone. People sit on their chairs and work… and work… much more than before.
Belonging, creativity, and all that moves the wheels of hi-tech
Hi-tech companies and startups are known to demand a successful integration of team work and creativity. Can perfect synergy be reached by offsite work as well? Data from the field show that for 3Base customers, the answer is yes, and this is not a coincidence, but rather part of the company’s vision.
The drive to connect workers to the company’s vision is not just a luxury or bonus for the workers. We can understand why it is so essential in a field in which the employees are much more than just workers checking off tasks, but advance projects that require creativity, a sense of connection, and cooperation between employees.
So yes, we all know the “first day of work” scenario where we get chocolates, a greeting, and a welcome gift with the company’s logo on it. That scenario has changed, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t connect employees to the company. There are a variety of solutions being implemented at 3Base:
- Open video calls.
- Connective zoom workshops
- A personal package delivered to the employee with the company’s logo is always a nice touch.
But what about creativity? Open slack conversations, a creative approach, and a lot of readiness to hear ideas and provide concrete feedback about them encourage creativity. In addition, at 3Base, the company’s employees are given a budget to hold personal meetings outside of work hours. The personal connection doesn’t just improve their satisfaction and increase their sense of belonging, it helps create excellent creative connections along the way.
Much more than a solution or gimmick—offsite working is the future
During periods of uncertainty, when we don’t know if it is possible to employ people on a permanent basis and bear the expenses and bureaucracy involved in hiring workers for the business’s rank and file, a creative solution is necessary. In parallel with the need to continue running the company’s activity and rely on experienced and dependable employees, we must remain cautious so that we don’t hit a task deadline “with our tongues hanging out”, or even worse. Offsite work, or outsourcing, means flexibility that enables a business to examine its needs on a constant basis, and to adapt them to it short-term capabilities.
At 3Base, we already understood all the advantages of offsite work long ago. From the day the company opened, we have been working from home, with a cup of coffee at hand. In this home environment, we succeed in providing our customers with high-level professional and dependable service, just like in the cubicles of large companies. Every customer receives solutions that match his unique needs, without dealing with the “headaches” that are generally an integral part of employing workers. Our team doesn’t need training or travel insurance, and won’t even fill out a 101 form with you. So put on your slippers, make yourself a cup of coffee, and pick up the phone to tell us how 3Base can work for you.