So, should IT companies prefer remote working or not?
Whether or not companies should choose to allow their employees to work remotely is ultimately a decision that each company must make based on its own unique circumstances and needs.
There are both pros and cons to remote working, and what may be the right choice for one company may not be the right choice for another.
On the positive side, allowing employees to work remotely can increase productivity and job satisfaction, as it gives employees more flexibility and control over their work environment. It can also save companies money on things like office space, infrastructure, and utilities. Additionally, remote work also allows companies to hire and retain talented employees globally. A global reach is one of the best things that remote working has brought in, as it has become easier and quicker to acquire the required talent.
The ability to tap into global talent is cost-effective and efficient. It allows IT companies a chance to explore more options in a much cheaper way. No Name started its operations in the Netherlands back in 2019 when our founder found a way to source brilliant minds internationally. After finding the right people, No Name held its regional headquarter in Lahore, Pakistan, which is home to highly exceptional technical minds, willing o work for you with dedication and motivation.
Although we ourselves own on-site offices both in Netherlands and Pakistan, and always have some team members working from the office, but we never enforced to work from the office every day.
Access to a wider pool of talent:
With remote work, IT companies can hire employees from anywhere in the world, which can lead to a more diverse and skilled workforce.
IT companies can save on office space, utilities, and other expenses associated with maintaining a physical office.
Studies have shown that remote workers are often more productive due to reduced distractions and the ability to work during their most productive hours.
Improved work-life balance:
Remote work allows employees to avoid lengthy commutes, spend more time with their families, and take care of personal responsibilities.
There can be challenges associated with remote work, such as difficulties with communication and collaboration, and difficulties in managing and supporting remote employees. However, these challenges can be easily overcome by using proper online communication tools and having sprint meetings to remain on top of things.
Additionally, remote work may not be suitable for all employees or all types of jobs. Some jobs require physical availability in the office, but generally, in the IT industry, everything is online and synced. Even network administrators can now troubleshoot and resolve local issues virtually from another continent.
Lack of collaboration:
Remote work can make it more challenging for teams to collaborate and communicate effectively.
Difficulty with management:
It can be more challenging for managers to monitor employee productivity and ensure that remote workers are meeting expectations.
Reduced team cohesion:
When employees work remotely, they may miss out on the social connections that can form in a physical office, leading to reduced team cohesion.
Potential for burnout:
Without clear boundaries between work and personal life, remote workers may be at risk of burnout.
All of these cons can be easily overcome by using proper online communication tools and having sprint meetings to remain on top of things.
What’s the Verdict?
Whether or not a company should allow remote work will depend on factors such as the type of work being done, the company’s culture and values, and the availability of the necessary technology and support.
IT companies who may choose to allow work from the office only are following the individual’s or company’s values. Some people are more socially interactive and believe that the best work is only produced when everyone is mingling and bringing positive vibes. On the other hand, some are more inclined towards seclusion and like to focus on work only. In the case of software developers, the major work is done alone on a computer system, without any need for social interaction.
Due to Covid, all companies shifted to work from home, and many decided not to come back to the office, as working remotely not only increased their productivity at work but also their personal health and family relations. In the end, it all depends on your unique product, services, and circumstances that will define what is the way forward for your company.
So, YES. Remote work is the future and it’s here to stay.