When a business owner carries out their duties without the need for a physical office space, that’s remote working. They could be at home, at a coffee shop, on a beach – the possibilities are endless! Working remotely is more than just a growing trend in the U.S., it’s the future of the way the world will work.
The facts about remote work keep piling up, supporting what we, at AnswerConnect, are actually living in our daily lives: flexible work works! More professionals are weighing in everyday with their thoughts about working remotely, and why it’s great for businesses and the economy.
These 5 quotes should inspire and motivate you to make the transition to becoming a remote entrepreneur, and keep performing well from anywhere in the world:
“We need to take a more flexible approach to both the workplace and the work we do; one that provides us both the physical and cognitive space to harness the incredible power, insight and experience we offer, but not on the individual processes but instead on the overall outcomes our organizations are seeking to achieve.”
David Choplin, Chief Envisioning Officer of Microsoft UK
David knows quite a bit about working efficiently. He’s the Chief Envisioning Offcer at Microsoft UK and the author of Business Reimagined: Why Work Isn’t Working and What You Can Do About It. Microsoft has been a major player in terms of encouraging employees to work remotely. They even conducted their own study, finding that more than half of U.S. workers would be willing to work more hours – and one in five would even take a pay cut – to have more flexibility to get work done.
That’s huge. It shows that people place more value on flexibility in their lives than on their paychecks. With the resources available to us in 2017, the ability to work remotely is more accessible than ever. If you can find a way to make it work for your business model, why wouldn’t you?
“Hopefully, as companies give more attention to the importance of work-life balance, more and more people will be in a better position to decide and act more holistically on what’s important to them.”
Mohamed El Erian, Former CEO of PIMCO
Mohamed served as the CEO of PIMCO for 7 years, until he came to a cross-roads involving conflict between his work commitments and family obligations. He found himself missing important moments in his daughter’s life, like her first day of school. This prompted him to quit his corporate role at PIMCO and be a stay at home dad for a couple of years.
By leaving the role that took up too much of his time, Mohamed was able to create a life and career that is more aligned with his priorities. He served as chair of Obama’s Global Development Council, is now a columnist for Bloomberg View, and a contributing editor to the Financial Times, where he can often work remotely.
El-Erian was named to Foreign Policy’s list of Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 and was named as one of the 500 most powerful people on the planet by Foreign Policy.
“Telecommuting, one of many forms of work-life flexibility, should no longer be viewed as a nice-to-have, optional perk mostly used by working moms. These common stereotypes don’t match reality – allowing employees to work remotely is a core business strategy today … We need to de-parent, de-gender, and de-age the perception of the flexible worker.”
Cali Williams Yost, CEO/Founder of Flex+Strategy Group and Work+Life Fit
Cali is a major pioneer in the movement to work remotely and improve work-life balance. She believes that the problem many organizations face is that they separate wellness, work-life flexibility and other employee strategies into siloed initiatives rather than linking them together to benefit both business and employee performance.
Her company works to engage workforces at all levels to create high performance flexible work cultures that attract and retain top talent, increase productivity, and improve work-life balances.
“We all struggle with work-life balance and there’s no easy solution. I think everyone needs to find the right balance for themselves, and to do this, we need to have more dialogue about work and family, especially among men, and at higher levels of the corporate hierarchy.”
Max Schireson, Former CEO of MongoDB
Max left his job running a billion-dollar startup to spend more time with his family, and he couldn’t be happier about it. His departure from the company became a catalyst for a discussion that rarely takes place in the national media: the challenges faced by fathers as they attempt to balance work and family. Had he been offered to opportunity to work remotely, things could have been much different in his career with MongoDB.
“Technology now allows people to connect anytime, anywhere, to anyone in the world, from almost any device. This is dramatically changing the way people work, facilitating 24/7 collaboration with colleagues who are dispersed across time zones, countries, and continents.”
Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell Corporation
Dell is primed to lead to initiative for employees to work remotely, especially with their “2020 Legacy of Good” strategy, which calls for half of the company’s global workforce to be working remotely by 2020. According to Michael Dell, the strategy aims to help reduce Dell’s environmental footprint. If having less of an impact on the environment is a good enough reason for Dell Corporation, it’s good enough for you, too!