Thought Leaders On Remote Work Culture
by Ashley Villegas
A lot has been happening over the decade as far as organizational, and workplace culture is concerned. Companies have been using the internet to make workplaces as flexible and convenient as possible. Many have been shying away from the traditional office spaces, and instead, setting up home offices, and others even going remote with no space to call an office.
It’s an era of innovation, and big businesses are leveraging technology to separate the wheat from the chaff. An example of such technology is Weet, an asynchronous video sharing platform. Weet enables you to seamlessly collaborate with your remote team through its unique features. Old and unproductive work culture is being replaced with newer paradigms, and the trend is gaining momentum.
It’s undoubtedly clear that remote work comes with several proven benefits. One good thing about adopting the remote work culture is that you’ve got people to look up to. The mentors, who are not only contributing to this revolution but also leading from the front. Let’s take a look at what the industry leaders have to say about remote work culture.
Freedom, Trust, and Harmony
According to Wade Foster, CEO at Zapier – “remote companies are a way to unlock the human side of work, where professional commitments, friends, family, and the community doesn’t have to conflict with each other.” This is what Foster terms as building a personal and professional life that’s in harmony.
Foster believes in a work culture that nurtures freedom and trust in a sense to allow people to work without geographical restrictions. When a company in New York hires a remote employee from the Philippines, there’s a lot that can be said about the confidence level, and the kind of community we’re building in return. A work culture built entirely on trust, respect, and mutual understanding is likely to do better since all the players understand their roles and expectations.
It’s the Logical Evolution of Digital Work
Andreas Klinger, the head of Remote at AngelList, has a different take on remote culture. He believes that everybody is already a remote worker in some sense. “The fact that you constantly check your phone to see the customers’ response or schedule a team meeting is a part of being a remote worker.” His argument isn’t whether you’re working remotely, but how you’re working remotely.
When questioned why he thinks remote work is more of an evolution, Klinger explained how he has staked high with remote work. In fact, he feels that at some point, people will stop calling it “remote work,” but just “work.” “There is no future in which we will not work online, not work with other people in other countries, or in other places — it just won’t happen.”
Control and Flexibility Wins Every Time
It’s easy to imagine how flexible things can get when you suddenly shift from the traditional office job to working remotely. Hailley Griffis, the Head of Public Relations at Buffer, is for the idea that remote work culture offers better control and flexibility in all aspects of life. You choose where, when, and how you want to work. As a keynote speaker, a spokesperson, and a long-term remote worker, Hailley knows better about the remote work industry.
She cites how communication and collaboration is a crucial ingredient for making remote work a success. In one of her podcasts, Griffis advocates for proper communication among remote teams using the right communication and collaboration tools. This is also the basis for which we developed our Weet platform. We wanted an excellent video communication tool that serves the purpose – so we could take control of our time.
Working remotely only feels right when you can relate to the factors discussed above. The idea is to deliver value to the people who need your services, but without necessarily dressing for the job, showing up at the department office, or commuting long hours to work. It doesn’t stop there; you want to prioritize effective communication, so working remotely becomes fun and not a burden.