Why Decentralised Working is.. Working.
WORDS Alice Armitage
I’ve been working remotely for the last six years, calling eight cities and four countries home along the way, even if just for a moment.
Most of my remote working life has had me firmly planted in the tech and start-up space. An industry well and truly known for its progressive methods of productivity hacking and supporting healthy working cultures for their teams. It means I’ve learnt a thing or two about the perks of remote working, not only for me personally but for the companies I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of along the way.
As an ambitious little lady, born and raised in country NSW, it’s also enabled me to find an ebb and flow between my love of being in the dirt, close to my family, in the air I was raised in AND my hunger for the learnings, experiences and connections of Metropolitan life.
So I thought I would share some of my own musings on this decentralised working movement and how it might just do us all a favour or two.
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Diversity, it’s kind of important.
Building and working within incredibly diverse teams is one thing that remote working really nails. When you’re able to hire from a global talent pool and focus solely on ensuring you have the best talent possible working with you and in your team you can create one seriously lean, mean, problem solving machine. I know I’ve personally learnt so much from the culmination of all that diverse experience, expertise and global perspective.
It also puts you in front of diverse problems to solve. New cultures, audiences and environments in which I never would have had the exposure to if I hadn’t been working in a decentralised environment. I also now have an immense, globally distributed community of people who continue to support my ideas, my professional growth and my work.
Flexibility, it means getting the most out of your work and your employees.
It might have taken me some time to figure out, but I certainly know when I’m the most productive in my work. It might be while I’m in transit (I’m writing this from an aeroplane somewhere off the QLD coast), it’s almost always in the evenings and it’s never within the scope of a normal nine to five regime.
Although a lot of remotely working teams work within the bounds of more traditional working hours, having flexibility in the when and where you work is a no brainer. As long as you have strong channels of communication established within your team, both you, as an employee or employer can make sure you’re getting the best possible work out to the world! By allowing yourself and/or your team to work at the times of the day that produce the highest productivity, you can produce high quality work consistently and sustainably.
Work life balance.
We all know that being time poor, rushing around trying to please everyone all of the time while juggling and riding a unicycle isn’t good for us. And finding a little harmony amongst the chaos not only makes us nicer humans to be around, it also makes us better at our jobs. Statistically, organisations worldwide, that are supporting their teams to work remotely, are consistently seeing that employees are more engaged, motivated and loyal when enabled to work remotely.
I’ve certainly seen the difference in myself and my attitudes to my work as well. I’ve been able to make positive life decisions about where I live, and who I live with (following boys you fall in love with around the world is a valid life choice) and know there will be no negative impact on my working life and my career. Im able to be inspired by new places and spaces and experiences. I’ve seen and felt first hand the gratitude I’ve felt for the people I’ve worked for that have and continue to enable such a beautiful life.
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Have you had some great remote working experiences? Reach out - I’d love to chat to you about them!