Part 1: “Distributed Teams Are The Future of Work”
Welcome to our 5 part series on The Challenges of Remote Working, first up is understanding why distributed teams are really the future of work.
I should really change the title of this blog post to “Why A Distributed or Remote Team Is The Most Freaking Awesome Way to Build An Epic Business!”.
I don’t know how many times I’ve had a conversation with investors who have a red flag when you say that your team is distributed. I’ve even had most say they want to be within a two hour driving distance from the startups they work with. Within reason that is great and all, but what about missing out on some amazing companies that have the leverage to grow, especially because they are built upon a globally distributed team? I never understood this as it limits the opportunities for building an awesome portfolio.
A lot of us are still getting used to the globalization and transitions and new structures of how we work today. That is totally understandable. Change can be scary for some, and of course there are a couple outlier challenges with distributed teams, but with the rapid innovation in technology…things like online communication, secure video meetings and productivity tools at our disposal, as Richard Branson said…
“One day, offices will be a thing of the past.”
Some of the biggest and most successful companies are distributed across the globe, look at Microsoft. The best part of this is also the fact that startups in a global market are much more agile. Distributed work, when managed right, is much more engaging and team members are dedicated to what they do. They even end up logging more hours, but not because they have to, because they want to and are simply driven by the company’s vision. It no longer becomes work and a series of mundane execution of tasks.
Some of the best talent is not within your 100 mile radius, so why limit your talent pool to your geographic location? The best people to work with and compliment your team are more likely on the other end of the world. You broaden your reach and options for hiring the right people. This is why distributed team culture is awesome. But of course let’s also look at some of the challenges and how to overcome them in part 2 of this series on distributed teams, on hiring the right people.
Want to know more about this remote work phenomenon? Read “GREAT PLACE TO WORK: At Automattic Employees All Work From Home And Travel To Exotic Locations”
What do you think about remote working and distributed teams?
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