Why remote-first is the future of hiring

Erik Fiala
Erik Fiala
Founder, CEO at Source
Jan 13, 2023
4 min read
Woman working remotely from a café

As the world becomes increasingly connected and technology advances, the concept of remote work has become more and more popular. Many companies are now shifting towards a remote-first approach, where employees are able to work from anywhere in the world as long as they have a stable internet connection. But why is this trend becoming the future of hiring?

First and foremost, the benefits for the employee are clear. Remote work allows for a greater sense of freedom and flexibility. No longer are you tied to an office location and the daily commute that comes with it. You can work from the comfort of your own home, a coworking space, or even from a beach in Bali (if that's your thing). This freedom and flexibility can lead to higher job satisfaction and a better work-life balance.

But it's not just about the convenience for the employee. Remote work also opens up a much wider pool of talent for companies to choose from. If you're not limited to hiring only people who live within commuting distance of your office, you can consider candidates from all over the world. This means you have access to a much more diverse group of people, which can lead to more diverse ideas and perspectives.

On top of that, remote work can also lead to cost savings for the company. No need to pay for office space, utilities, or other expenses that come with having a physical location. And with employees working from different locations, there's less of a need for expensive business travel. These cost savings can then be passed on to the employee in the form of higher salaries or benefits.

But what about the potential downsides? Won't remote work lead to isolation and a lack of collaboration? Not necessarily. With the right tools and communication practices in place, remote teams can be just as productive and cohesive as in-office teams. In fact, some research has shown that remote workers are actually more productive and have higher job satisfaction than their in-office counterparts. The key is to establish clear communication channels and set expectations for availability and responsiveness.

Remote work also has the potential to increase diversity and inclusion within a company. With a remote-first approach, you're not limited to hiring only those who can physically come into an office. This can lead to a more diverse workforce, as people from different backgrounds and locations are able to apply for positions. And with the ability to work from anywhere, those with disabilities or other challenges that may have previously hindered their ability to work in an office setting can now have equal opportunities for employment.

But it's not just about the benefits for the employee and the company. Remote work can also have a positive impact on the environment. With less need for commuting and business travel, there's a reduction in carbon emissions and other negative environmental impacts. And with more people working from home, there's less demand for office space, leading to less construction and development and a potential decrease in urban sprawl.

Overall, the trend towards remote-first hiring is likely to continue in the future due to the numerous benefits it offers for both the employee and the company. It allows for greater freedom and flexibility, access to a wider pool of talent, cost savings, and the potential for increased diversity and inclusion. With the right tools and communication practices in place, remote teams can be just as productive and cohesive as in-office teams. It's a win-win situation for everyone involved.

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