There’s no denying the global pandemic that we’ve been fighting for the past year has changed the way the professional world operates. Gone (at least for the foreseeable future) are the days of in-person meetings, team lunches and long commutes, as we’ve collectively learned to navigate working from our home offices. While some are looking forward to returning to a physical office, there are many that have adjusted quite well to the new way of doing things.
Prior to the pandemic, we already had a partially distributed workforce with employees located all around the country. This was in part due to our company transforming significantly over the past two years as we shifted from being a hardware company that made and supplied drones to a software company that provides analytics capabilities for drones made by others. So when COVID hit, Kespry was able to pivot the non-remote employees seamlessly, making us an entirely remote workforce.
By switching to a distributed workforce, we’ve witnessed the vast benefits of having our team distributed, rather than centralized around one area like Silicon Valley. While our close proximity to Silicon Valley has proven beneficial over the years, and the competitive job market has helped us build our team, we understand that other markets also hold highly talented individuals that can bring forth even more growth for our company. The pool of amazing talent is much larger outside of Silicon Valley, and we already have team members in places like North Carolina and Texas that are contributing to our success. We’ve also found that allowing our employees to “work from wherever” makes them happier, gives them a better work-life balance and even makes them more efficient with their time.
We aren’t alone in seeing the benefits of a distributed workforce. A recent study conducted by Monster found that 46% of large companies are more open to hiring remote workers as a result of the pandemic. Leaders like Google, Twitter and Facebook – who announced their shift to permanent remote work earlier this year as well – likely contributed to this shift.
Will distributed and remote workforces become the way of the future? Of course not all industries will switch to this type of operation permanently, but companies offering software or SaaS-based technology at the very least should be considering it after the pandemic.
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