Countless articles have been written on the theme of company culture in the time of COVID, and what the ramifications of sudden "work from home for all" might be. Surprisingly, a study by Quartz noted that culture had largely improved across organizations in the wake of COVID. This speaks to the human capacity to adapt to our circumstances even in trying times.
One sticking point, however, is related to remote working: what might it mean if people didn’t come back to an office environment? Would they still receive the guidance and mentoring from institutional leaders? And how would this in turn impact company culture and performance?
As a remote-first company, Crowdbotics' approach to remote work can shed a lot of light on this topic. Our approach enables us to hire top talent regardless of where it is located, and we pride ourselves on demonstrating best practices for remote-first organizations.
A remote-first approach has proven to be especially suitable for the world of software development, as our team can make round-the-clock progress on client builds and accommodate clients who have regional constraints on the types of teams that they can hire.
A huge (and unexpected) benefit for Crowdbotics is that the COVID pandemic didn’t impact our operations at all. While most companies were scrambling to set up “remote work” for their employees, we just operated as usual.
Rather than invest in a "headquarters" or a set of offices from where our employees work, Crowdbotics allows its employees to work from anywhere in the world – as long as they have Internet connectivity, can attend the meetings in which their participation is mandatory, and can finish their tasks within reasonable timeframes. There are multiple advantages to functioning in this manner, including flexibility, lower overhead, and – importantly, in the present times -- business continuity.
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At many workplaces, work priorities often take precedence over other life events except in the most dire emergencies. At Crowdbotics, it’s the opposite. Employees have the flexibility to plan their work around their lives. As long as they are available for at least 6 hours during US Pacific Time for meetings, they are free to come up with a schedule that works for them and execute against deliverables.
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The remote model benefits Crowdbotics because it enables us to tap into a global talent pool, which would normally not be easy to access. It relies on a fundamental belief that talent isn’t localized just to Silicon Valley or to the United States. For the employee, it gives them the flexibility to work from a location where they are comfortable and yet to also be a part of a “Silicon Valley” company that’s changing how software is developed.
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The best pro of all, especially right now: no COVID-related interruptions!
Not cons, but some things to keep in mind.
Short answer: no. In fact, remote working models only work well for “knowledge work”. A factory floor, for instance, cannot be run remotely, even if most of the work is fully automated through robotics.
However, almost every industry has a certain degree of “knowledge work” which can be done remotely. Companies stand to gain a lot by taking full advantage of this. With nearly ubiquitous Internet access and awesome tools for collaboration, there is no reason that most knowledge work cannot be done remotely.
The Crowdbotics discussion forum is a great example of our culture strategy because it's a place where users are engaging with app development solutions and providing feedback, user-to-user, in addition to our core team. This conversation is asynchronous and conducted between users in non-hierarchical fashion. If these discussions can extend beyond the App Builder or client builds to industry solutions in general, all the better.
We've seen this attention to remote work have a positive impact on the professional services experience that we provide. If you're looking for remote application development solutions from vetted domain experts, get in touch with Crowdbotics today.
October 7, 2020