With the need for social distancing due to pandemic, remote work became a “new normal” for both employers and employees. Distance work brings incredible opportunities worldwide, not limited by the home city or home country. It opens excellent prospects for workers, but companies can also attain the best talents globally. So, all of us ask a question: what will happen to the office in times of a work-from-home revolution? What are remote work’s main aspects, its pros and cons, as well as some success cases? 

While there are numerous benefits to distributed work, some drawbacks also exist. The first one is that businesses have to think about keeping employees productive and secure, which is especially relevant when cyberattacks have been getting out of hand. The company team spirit can also suffer due to remote employment. Today a lot of people working in one company had never met in person. How is it to collaborate online and never have small talks and coffee together? And finally, there are professionals, such as doctors, lawyers, hairdressers, who can not come to fully remote positions.

Coming to remote mode empowered companies to hire personnel from all parts of the earth.  People can communicate and share documents without being in the same place, saving costs, as there is no need to commute to work and other office-life-related expenses. Employees can live anywhere or travel that is super flexible. No matter where workers reside, if they have everything done in the best way, everyone is happy. Remote work is ideal for the technology business. Tech companies are leading the charge towards remote working.

At IT Arena 2021, CEO and co-founder of Remote, Job van der Voort in his talk “Building products asynchronously with a remote team,” will share his experience in this sphere. Previously he worked as the VP of Product at GitLab. This successful tech company is the world’s largest fully remote one, having employees in 67 different countries with no physical office. Job van der Voort is a sought-after presenter, speaking on topics connected to scaling a remote-first startup, remote culture, and the future of work. Creating products for a global market with a remote team brings some challenges and Job van der Voort, CEO of Remote and former VP of Product at GitLab, knows everything about this process better than anyone. The mission of Remote is to simplify the employment process for the companies, helping them operate in the best way. Remote is a company that provides new standards in global HR, payroll, and benefits. Being a platform for distributed teams, Remote makes it easy to onboard, pay, and keep your remote employees and contractors satisfied, anywhere in the world. The platform suggests all kinds of onboarding solutions including international payments, data collection and digital contracts. The company provides compliance with local risks connected to hiring international employees and contractors through Remote’s in-country teams of labor law experts. Being active in such countries as the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Portugal, Netherlands, USA, and others, Remote offers the best service and protection in the industry. 

So, if you start a remote organization, what to think about and what to start from? What is the secret of creating a high-performance team? In remote working, you get a lot of things for free but you can not save on creating cohesion with your team, making bonds with each other, collaborate with each other and being happy to work together. That is really challenging but at the same time essential. At IT Arena, Job van der Voort will share tips on how to scale remote teams, keeping your company culture, and how to boost product teams to move quickly in a distributed environment.

We see that the idea of working set hours in the office is becoming meaningful. Companies choose to pay for the functions, not for the time spent at a workplace. Most professionals need never come back to the office if they don't want to. Organizing the team’s work in new remote conditions and creating a working atmosphere only at first glance seems an easy task. But it is essential to be aware of all the pitfalls of employing people in different countries while keeping costs low and making a profit on it.

Learn more about Job van der Voort and his view on remote work format from his podcast here

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