Companies are seeking out the elite. The creme-de-la-creme. And how they select, attract and retain staff has changed to reflect the changing needs of employees. A growing trend has been a desire for employees to have more flexibility in their work. Work-life balance is a priority for employees and the companies they work for. Evidence shows that chronic stress is affecting staff just as much as it does a companies bottom line.
So, it comes as no surprise, there has been an increase in remote work globally, to support flexible work from home arrangements and invariably attract the best potential candidates.
56% of global companies allow remote work, or are fully remote and Australia is recorded as having the highest percentage of hybrid or fully remote companies globally.2017 State of Remote Work OwlLabs
The Perks of Remote Working
Here are some of the perks, that feature among start-ups, not-for-profits and small to medium businesses who are proud of their remote work-style philosophies.
Yes. It’s real. Companies are happy for you to work the hours you choose and take leave as and when you need it. You are trusted to be productive and meet the expectations of the role. You are expected to work in a performance-based culture and will excel without structure.
Paid Vacations / Retreats
Annual team retreats to exotic locations, sometimes twice or three times a year. This is not uncommon for fully remote companies, who extend this luxury to their staff in return for reduced overheads.
Companies acknowledge that a large part of the workplace culture is your physical, mental and emotional wellness. Packages can include gym memberships, housecleaning services, downtime to give back to the community, short weeks and lifestyle spending accounts.
Learning & Development
Many companies will encourage and even fund you to participate in continuing education. One of the organisations I researched provided you with unlimited Udemy courses, so you learn skills outside the scope of your profession.
Perks are NOT JUST for Developers
It can be easy to think that companies which offer these types of perks are only ever looking for tech specialists; your developers, designers or programmers, but I am here to dispel the myth! Here are a handful of the companies who have advertised positions in customer service, administration and more.
Interaction Design Foundation (IDF) This Company boasts that they have captured the essence of workplace culture. IDF offer amazing benefits, to attract, what they feel, is the best talent to join their non-profit mission to lower the cost of design education. They openly accept introverts who want to work from home!
Ghost This is an open source platform for building and running online publications. It was founded on the back of a Kickstarter campaign in 2013, and it’s been enjoying tremendous success ever since. This team is 100% remote. They promote re-investment of profits into their people to continue developing a high-quality product to the end user.
‘in its core DNA, values, culture, and sense of purpose, and not hinged on the efforts of any one person.’
He leverages the global reach of his staff as a key factor to the innovation in their software design.
Growth Machine Although the benefits may not be as substantial as others, they provide writers with a platform to explore their passion and be paid reasonably. Growth Machine is still fledgling but I am confident there is much more to come.
Uscreen Led by highly experienced founder, PJ Taei who may be better known for establishing WebNet Hosting back in 2002. Their headquarters is based in DC, but they claim to focus on hiring only the best talent, and do so, regardless of location.
There is definitely a wealth of opportunity for New Zealander’s to become a part of this movement, and I have seen companies who boast employing Kiwis as part of their global reach.
If you feel geographical boundaries limit you, or your lifestyle limits your need or desire to work in a traditional environment, then consider remote-work as a real career option and possibly, an opportunity for professional growth.