Remote Teams are Trending

Remote Teams are Trending

By Gavin Sneddon

There are many people who are missing working from the office and I know there are many who are still revelling in the work from home setup which the epidemic had thrusted many into. 

There is no escaping the fact that our social lives have taken a hit in the last 18 months and there are many of us itching to get back into the office and have that face-to-face interaction again. Whether it be from the in-house banter to the subconscious intake of information or collaboration and interaction with team members and senior staff. 

As much as there may be pull factors to working back in the office there may well be push factors to push you out of working from home such as reclaiming the dining room table which served as your desk/meeting room/studio or having that break between what is a work environment and what is your home. These are just a few to mention and there will be many pros as well as cons to both the work from home and work from the office choices.  

Since the lightening of covid restrictions in the UK, many companies have introduced a hybrid model where employees would be expected to work 2 or 3 days in the office whilst remaining at home for a section of the working week. Even after the government advice of “gradual return to work”, will we see a mass movement of workers back to offices or will we see businesses continue with a work from home or hybrid model? 

I believe there will be many businesses which keep to the hybrid model, and this will be due to seeing how well we have adapted to remote working and delivering on performance, but it will also be bringing teams together for the face-to-face collaborative and social benefits when being present in the office in those shorter periods.

If you take Ocado Group for example, they have recently announced that their employees will be able to work overseas for 1 month per year due to this being the “top question” from their employees. This was also a strategy aimed at improving staff’s mental health. Claire Ainscough, Ocado’s chief people officer, told The Times that the new incentive has been introduced “because we feel we could give our employees a balance and choice”. 

REF: Ocado will allow staff to work from anywhere in the world for 1 month a year – Latest Retail Technology News From Across The Globe – Charged (chargedretail.co.uk)

With such change of structure to the workplace environment, I believe it has also changed the mindset in those who had once thought that outsourcing was taking them out of their comfort zone and throwing them into the unknown. The two main negatives I hear regarding outsourcing are;

  1. Reduced Communication – Having an external team to your company office would cause delay and further issues rather than keeping work in house within the company office.
  1. Lack of Control – When working to meet your own or your client’s deadlines it can be unnerving to have the work outside of your organisation and this uncertainty will then add pressure on reduced communications as per point 1. 

Taking the above two points into consideration, have the last 18 months not shown us that we are fully capable of producing the work from outside of the comfort zones? 

Digital communication has never been higher than it is now due to the epidemic and with the surge of applications like Zoom and Microsoft Teams we have never been so well equipped for it both on a work and personal level.  

The tech advancements in workflow managements systems like dot’s own dotKris also answers the lack of control concern that some may have with outsourcing as dotKris enables the user to monitor full job flow from creation to completion not leaving any room for doubt in job stage or status. This allows full transparency to the user in a centralised hub. 

So why would you not want to outsource?

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