How to Decide if a Remote Office is Good for Your Business

Could the remote office model work for your business?  What if you run a small business? Doesn’t the remote office sound like the kind of move only a major company could make?  Or perhaps you need to hire help, but you’re not ready for a brick-and-mortar location. Can you have employees if you don’t have a place for employees to show up? Shouldn’t you put your resources towards the validity of a storefront?

Some businesses are born for, and out of, the digital revolution. Others are just waking up to the advantages of going online and out-of-office.  Either way, there are some things you should consider before making this kind of move. Will a remote office work for you? There’s a few more questions you should ask before you decide.

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Questions to ask yourself, and your team, before moving to a remote office work model:

Ask yourself:

  1. What attachments do I have to operating a work location with employees present on premises?  Can I let go of those attachments?
  2. Could part, if not all, of my staff work from home?  If only part, would this seem fair to other staff members?
  3. Will allowing staff to work from home save me money?
  4. Do I trust my employees to work from home? (How much of a control freak am I?)
  5. How will I monitor and/or evaluate the work my employees do remotely?
  6. What types of workplace issues must absolutely NOT be conducted remotely? (Sensitive conversations such as disciplinary actions, firing, for example.) Where would I handle these issues?
  7. Is my team a balance of introverts and extroverts? More introverts? More extroverts? How might this move impact the group? How might it impact certain individuals?



Ask your team –

  1. How much of your work do you feel you could do from home?
  2. What advantages do you enjoy from working on site, with others?
  3. Are there support/technology/systems you would need to make remote work successful?
  4. What would you miss most about working in an office/on location?
  5. How important would a move like this be in your decision to stay with or leave the business?
  6. Would you also prefer flex work hours if we make the move to working remotely?
  7. If you were to work remotely, would you want to have occasional face-to-face meetings on location? How often?



And finally, an answer.

One thing you’ll never have to question is PayWow’s ability to help you manage your payroll.  Concentrate on making bigger decisions, whether it be to let your staff work remotely, or to change the coffee in the breakroom to decaf (would. not. recommend.). PayWow will be the steady helper you have when everything else seems to be subject to change.  If you haven’t already, consider using PayWow to handle payroll, time management and tax compliance for your business. Visit our website for all the information you need.

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