One Model That Will Solve All Your Covid Work Problems
The Covid-19 pandemic caused sudden disruptions and a lot of industries had to make shifts to remote work. At first it all seemed beneficial, convenient, and saved a lot of resources for the company.
But as businesses reached later stages of remote work, many bigger problems started to come into picture. Employees started feeling more and more disconnected from the company, there were a lot of digital distractions that reduced productivity, managers started struggling to establish rapport (especially with the virtually hired workforce) and reported lack of motivation and the biggest of all – the happiness index went down.
Then as the Covid cases started to reduce, companies started reopening their offices to solve the remote work issues. Now, a lot of employees got comfortable with the perks of remote work to the extent that they were willing to switch jobs if the office forced them to work at a physical location.
So is there a setup that can be adopted that lies somewhere between remote work and traditional office work?
Now more than ever businesses are reimagining their functioning in order to adapt to the new changes and stay relevant. One such model industries are adopting is – “Distributed Work Model”.
So, What is a Distributed Work Model?
In a Distributed Work Model, the company’s workforce is spread over different geographical locations. It is a flexible working model and comprises employees who are working remotely (home spaces, public spaces, or co-worker spaces), telecommuting, working at a satellite offices as well as employees who are working at the traditional office location.
Which Companies Successfully Adopted The Distributed Work Model?
When uncertain and transformative times hit the businesses, the best companies design and redesign their processes. In one of a recent article (2021), by Employment Hero, Australia’s growing SaaS company, shared how they employed a distributed workforce model by using a remote-first approach to work. They work with the primary belief that it is important to give one’s team the flexibility to work how and where is best for them. Overall, empowering and trusting everyone to do their best work. They also enlisted similar companies with distributed workforces, such as – Zapier, Canva, Atlassian, Salesforce and Dell who now have employees around the world and are saving around millions per year.
Why Is The Distributed Work Better Than Its Other Counterparts?
- Ideal for new workforce entrants Gen-Z and Millenials. Some percent of people prefer to work from home while others prefer office setups. But one thing that is common among every section of the workforce is their preference towards Flexibility – which is the key feature of the Distributed Work Model.
- Working With The Best of Talent. As Distributed Work breaks the restriction of hiring only from one geographical area, it widens the opportunity to hire better talent from a broader range of applicants. When companies prioritize quality over location, they end up with a highly skilled workforce.
- Innovation and Productivity. Distributed Work drives innovation and productivity by allowing people to choose the hours and physical space they feel best motivated to work, and hiring from diverse backgrounds bringing unique ideas to the workplace.
- Stay Responsive 24*7. When half of the staff is working from one time zone and the other half from another time zone, the team can stay responsive and available for the clients and the customers even during odd hours without having the employees to work extra shifts.
Read more in detail about the challenges, benefits, key pillars of the Distributed Work Model in our latest blog.