Remote teams are becoming more and more popular among businesses. Pre-Covid, it was already estimated that 1 in 4 people work remotely at least some of the time.

And now, with the pandemic forcing many companies to let their employees work from home, that number is sure to increase.

There are many reasons for this, but one of the biggest benefits is that a remote team can help you save money.

Here are 21 business benefits of having a remote team:

1. Remote Workers Have More Flexibility

Flexibility in your workforce is becoming increasingly important, and remote workers have much more flexibility than employees working in a traditional office setting.

Remote workers can work from anywhere in the world, which gives you a much larger pool of talent to choose from.

2. Quicker Onboarding

Hiring and onboarding remote workers is typically quicker than hiring and onboarding employees who work in-office – this is because you can do all of the training and onboarding online, which saves time.

3. Your Business Can Be Operational 24/7.

Having a team of predominantly remote workers from (potentially) anywhere in the world opens up the possibility of businesses being operational 24/7 – something that would be incredibly difficult to do with a traditional workforce – thus opening up a whole new world of possibilities…

4. Better Control Over Your Project Budgets

Not having to pay for overheads such as office space, utilities, etc. can help you keep better control over your project budgets.

It could be a huge saving as a business if you have a team of 10 people and only have to pay their salaries rather than having to pay for a traditional office setup.

5. Employees Will Do Additional Free Work

As the saying goes: “You gotta give a little to get a little” and this is also true in a remote working context – when team members feel trusted and valued, they will go the extra mile and are much more likely to do additional free work, no questions asked because they feel invested in the company and want to see it succeed.

6. Workers From Different Countries Bring Different Perspectives

Being able to choose from a much larger pool of people when it comes to your team has so many unintended benefits, one of which is that you can get workers from different countries who bring with them different perspectives.

Different backgrounds, cultures, and expectations can help to enrich the team dynamic and bring a fresh perspective to the table.

7. Remote Workers Have More Autonomy

Working remotely gives the individual team member much more autonomy than those employees in a traditional office setting.

Handing over the ability to design their own schedules and work from wherever they want is a huge bonus both for the employee AND the employer – it increases motivation and job satisfaction as well as productivity.

8. Increased Cash Flow

Cash flow within a business can be a ‘make or break’ issue and having a remote team can actually help to increase the cash flow of a business.

This is because, as mentioned before, there are no overheads to pay for and you only have to pay salaries (and other variable costs).

9. Remote Meetings Take Less Time And Are More Effective

If you have ever worked in a traditional office setting, you will most likely have come across the meetings ‘for the sake of a meeting’, ie. meetings that could be wrapped up in a single email… or even not at all.

Remote meetings are far more effective as everyone involved is fully focused and there are no distractions from things like the office kitchen or side conversations.

10. Improved Productivity

Productivity was always going to be a concern when Covid forced businesses to move to a remote-working model but, it turns out, the opposite has been true.

Across the board, employees have embraced the freedom and flexibility of working from home and productivity has increased rather than decreased.

11. Remote Working = Better Health

Being able to create your own schedule to fit in all the things you wouldn’t have to be able to do if you were working in the office – from going to the gym during your lunch break to having a proper sit-down family meal in the evening – all have a positive impact on employees’ physical and mental health.

12. Saves Money

There are savings to be had on both sides with a remote team: Employers are able to reduce their overheads and employees are able to save a (sometimes) considerable amount on travel expenses, childcare costs, and eating out/buying lunch every day by not having to work in a traditional office setting.

13. Remote Workers Stick Around Longer

Employers sometimes have a hard time retaining good team members; they may leave for a better salary or benefits elsewhere or they may simply get ‘burned out’ from being in the same job for too long.

Remote teams have been shown to stick around for longer, as they appreciate the trust and responsibility that has been given to them and they also have a much better work/life balance, meaning they are less likely to suffer from burnout.

14. Remote Work Puts Your Best Employees In The Driver’s Seat

One of the things that make remote work such an attractive prospect is that it gives your best employees the ability to design their own work schedules.

If you have a team member who is a night owl, for example, they can start working later in the day and finish later too, meaning they are more productive during the hours that suit them best.

15. Work Hard To Maintain Flexibility

In order to maintain the flexibility that remote work gives team members, employees are incentivized to work hard and be productive.

They know that if they don’t meet their deadlines or they start slacking off, they could likely lose the privilege of being able to work from home which, for most people is a huge motivator to stay on track.

16. Remote Work Allows You To Tap Into The Best Talent Worldwide

When the global talent pool is open to you, it’s no surprise that businesses are choosing to go remote.

With the best employees no longer being limited by location, businesses can put together a dream team of the most skilled and experienced workers from all over the world.

17. A Higher Number Of Part-time Workers

Hiring part-time team members also become exponentially easier when you don’t have to worry about them being in the same place as you.

If you need someone for 10 hours a week, you can hire them, no problem – and they may even live in a different time zone which further increases the number of available workers.

18. Increased Employee Engagement

Employees who work remotely are often more engaged with their work as they have a greater sense of ownership and responsibility for their projects.

They also tend to feel more valued by their employers as they are given the trust and freedom to work in their own way.

19. Better Opportunities For Networking And Professional Growth

Having a remote team gives employees the opportunity to network and connect with professionals from all over the world which, of course, benefits the employer.

They can attend industry events and conferences, without having to take time off work, and they can join online communities and forums to learn new skills and knowledge.

20. Can Respond Faster To Deadlines

The ability to get work completed faster is often one of the most appealing things about working remotely.

With team members in different time zones, work can be completed around the clock which is a huge advantage when tight deadlines need to be met.

21. Fewer Sick Days

Sick days are often cited as one of the main advantages of working remotely. Employees don’t have to come to work when they’re sick because they are less likely to spread their illness to others.

This is particularly beneficial in winter when colds and flu are more prevalent – and when office morale is at its lowest.

22. Keeps Your Carbon Footprint Down

Today, keeping your carbon footprint as low as you can is crucial, and having a remote team helps you do just that.

There’s no need for employees to commute to work which reduces the number of emissions released into the environment.

Plus, with people working from home, there’s less need for office space which further cuts down on emissions.

23. You Can Test Out Different Arrangements To See What Works Best For Your Business

When you have a remote team, you can test out different arrangements to see what works best for your business.

Maybe you want to have a team that is entirely remote, or maybe you want to have a mix of remote and in-office workers.

You can experiment with different setups until you find the perfect balance for your business.

24. More Diverse Teams

Diversity within a company is important for a number of reasons. It can help to improve creativity, problem-solving, and decision-making.

It also helps to build a more positive company culture and can make your business more attractive to potential customers.

25. Fewer distractions = More Focus

There are obvious benefits to having employees who can focus solely on their work without distractions.

In an office, there are always going to be people chatting, the phone ringing, and general office noise which can all impact productivity.

Working remotely means fewer distractions and more focus which can lead to better work being produced.

Wrapping Up:

A remote team can have a lot of advantages for businesses – from increased engagement and productivity to reduced carbon footprints.

The 25 benefits we’ve listed are just some of the many reasons why you should consider hiring a remote team for your next project.

Are you considering a remote working team? Let us know in the comments.

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