Many employees work in offices and buildings across the UK; however, the number of people who work from home is constantly increasing – and this is not just self-employed people. Many companies are choosing to save money by cutting down on office space. This can benefit both the employer and the employee, making it is a very popular option, and a few companies are even taking the next step by getting rid of their office space completely.
One company that has done just this is self-publishing company Reedsy. Many employers worry about not seeing their employees regularly, but this is not a concern for co-founder Emmanuel Nataf; in fact, he embraces it.
Zero office space for Reedsy
Reedsy recently made the move to be a completely remote company, with every employee now working from home instead of in an office. The move has worked well and Nataf believes one of the reasons may be that an office environment can be distracting.
It is true that people who work together can distract each other. If someone works from home, this distraction is removed and they could be more productive.
The issue that many employers worry about is that their employees will be even more distracted at home; after all, employees can watch TV and scroll through social media at home, which are two major distractions! Another issue employers worry about is that the employee will struggle to work, as there is no one breathing down their neck.
These concerns are all valid; however, Reedsy has no complaints about becoming a remote company. This could be because many employees appreciate that they no longer waste time or money commuting to work and can start work earlier in the day.
The team currently compromises 15 employees. It is not a giant company; however, it is likely that much larger companies will make the move to go remote in the next few years.
Staying in contact
The final reason many employers worry about going remote is the lack of communication they will have with their employees; however, Reedsy has overcome this by arranging weekly Skype meetings to discuss objectives and future projects. This means employees and employers still have regular contact and the employee always understand exactly what they need to do.
The company also uses an online messaging tool to stay in contact throughout the day; in this way, minor issues can be solved within minutes.
This could mean that office work will soon be less common. Many companies will benefit, as they will not have to spend money renting and maintaining their offices.
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