Remote work is on the rise with more and more people looking for positions that allow them to work partly or fully remotely. With this upturn, more and more companies are transitioning to fully remote teams. In this article, we’re going to look at the 10 best companies for remote work.
Most of these companies are fully remote, with the mindset built into their corporate culture, but before we look at the companies, what exactly is a remote company?
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What is a remote company?
Remote companies operate with a “remote first” mentality. This means that remote meetings are the default for team meetings, quarterly updates, etc.
This also means that the majority of employees work outside of a traditional office environment. That doesn’t mean that companies don’t have an office at all, rather than employees are not expected to work solely within the walls of corporate headquarters.
Which companies work remotely?
GitBook has a Europe-wide team and works in every time zone of the European Union.
With a fairly small team, you should be able to get to know everyone very quickly.
Atlassian has developed important collaboration tools that are used around the world, such as Jira, Confluence, and Trello.
With headquarters in Australia, it is a globally distributed company. With a 4.5-star employer rating, which is a testament to its culture.
Known for selling domains, GoDaddy offers a wide range of services, from web hosting and website creation to online marketing.
They are a globally distributed team of more than 9,000 employees at 47 locations. While not 100% remote, they offer some remote roles and others that require you to enter the office, but they have locations spread across the globe.
If you are a music lover, Spotify might be the place for you.
With their motto “Work isn’t somewhere you go, it’s something you do” the Sweden-based music and multimedia streaming service provider offers their mixed team ample opportunities to work wherever they feel the most comfortable.
As the largest remote talent market, it makes sense for Upwork to work with a remote-first mindset.
They hire remote workers but also have two offices in the United States, located in Santa Clara and Chicago.
InVision is part of a special group of companies pioneering in making remote work a popular way to get work done. As a globally distributed company, InVision firmly believes that to be a great company, you need to hire the best people (and they don’t all live in the same place).
One of the most interesting parts of InVision’s culture is that they have ingrained their international mentality all the way into their culture. In fact, they have a Slack channel that employees can use to share places around the world to work and see new places around the world.
Abstract is a design workflow platform that enables teams to export, manage, and collaborate on Sketch and Adobe XD files. With over 7,000 design teams currently using the platform (and numbers growing), they are a great company to consider for your next career move.
With 80% of its workforce working remotely, Abstract has a distributed hybrid workforce, but only within the US.
With the advent of remote work, MURAL has gotten an even bigger name.
For visual collaboration, remote teams can create whiteboards, brainstorm sessions, and more as a digital workspace.
As a powerful tool for remote teams, it is only natural that they also have a globally distributed remote team.
Twitch is a globally distributed, hybrid company with offices in Australia, Singapore, the United States, and Canada. They also offer various remote locations, some restricted to specific countries or continents and some with no geographic restrictions.
Twitch describes itself as a place where “millions of people meet every day to chat, interact and create their own entertainment together.” Quite appropriate for how they also assemble their workforce.
GitHub is one of the largest development platforms in the world, with over 50 million developers using the platform. GitHub enables developers around the world to create commercial open source code and gives developers the ability to review code, compile, and manage projects.
GitLab is the world’s largest all-remote company. With a 100% remote team, no company-owned offices anywhere on the planet, and over 1,200 team members in more than 65 countries.
What are the benefits of working remotely for employers?
1. Global talent pool
Remote work enables companies to open up to a very broad market across geographical boundaries. These companies are no longer restricted to people living within a certain radius of their headquarters or limited to people willing to relocate to the vicinity.
2. Increased customer satisfaction
There are many talented people from across the world, and previously only large companies could afford to have them relocate to come and work for them. That’s not the case anymore and by having more talent on your team, you can provide better products and services to your customers.
If you have an international customer base, by employing remote workers, you can also provide customer support in their native language. This can help improve the customer retention rate greatly.
3. Cost savings
There are a number of cost savings you can experience as a remote company. You no longer need to rent a large office building, you can save on office and kitchen furniture, printing costs can go down, and depending on where you are located, remote workers may not have such high salary demands as those in your region.
4. Positivity and productivity
By having your employees work remotely, they have more freedom to live closer to nature, away from stressful locations, or simply closer to things they enjoy. With a remote workforce, you also have less negative office chatter as employees are more focused on doing work while they are working remotely. This can all help maintain a positive atmosphere.
A remote workforce also can be more productive compared to an in-office team. In the office, there can be many distractions and discussions that can help in some cases, but in many, they just serve as a distraction and cause tasks to take longer to complete. This is not the case when working remotely.
Especially when employees have the freedom to work whenever they want, when they’re the only ones online, it can be their most productive period.
5. International Agility
Having a remote network of employees allows businesses to act faster when expanding internationally.
They can identify target markets that the company can best serve, organize the products, services, programs, etc. to serve the market, and coordinate with the remote staff to meet customer needs without needing to set up complex businesses abroad and tying themselves into expensive lease agreements.
What are the benefits of working remotely for employees?
When you work remotely, your working hours may be the same as business hours in the office, but oftentimes if you aren’t strictly connected to trading hours, you have the freedom to work whenever, as long as you get the work done and your manager is aware.
This flexibility can help reduce stress, improve productivity, and improve happiness. If you have an urgent appointment, you can start work later, or earlier without having to worry about coming into the office late. Or having to take a holiday because you would miss a couple of hours.
2. Time saving
When you work remotely from home, you can avoid the commute to and from work. In the USA, the average one-way commute is just over 26 minutes. That means when you are working remotely, you can save almost an hour each day on the commute to and from work.
If you commute for lunch, this savings can be even more if all you need to do is walk down to the kitchen.
3. Cost saving
Traveling to and from work generally has a fee involved with it. Even if you’re doing it per bicycle, you’ll have to pay for repairs, clothing, and not to mention the bicycle.
If you travel by car, train, bus, etc. then you have to pay for the ticket or purchase gasoline to get from point A to point B. And while you may be able to claim some of that back from your taxes, if you’re traveling by car, you also need to consider the maintenance and insurance costs of that added travel.
4. Improved work/life balance
With the time that you win from your daily commute, you can put it to good use. With more time, you can do more of the things you enjoy and improve your overall work/life balance.
You can spend more time with family, on your hobbies, or just spend an extra couple of minutes relaxing to put your mind to rest.
5. Location independent
Being location independent means that your job doesn’t fix you to a specific location. This means you can freely move to a new city without having to find a new job or change offices. You can even move across the country or to a new country altogether (if your contract allows you to work internationally).
This can have a positive effect on your life, by moving to a place that makes you happier, but it can also have a positive effect on your bank balance, but moving to a location that has a lower cost of living.
Working remotely has many advantages for employees and employers, but there are also some aspects of working at home or on the go that is often overlooked, making it often not quite as idyllic as originally thought.
What are the disadvantages of working remotely?
Tech support is no longer in house
With in-house tech support, it can be more stressful and difficult to solve problems by yourself or over the internet.
No more free coffee
Probably the biggest disadvantage is you have to pay for your own beverages. Ok, that might just be my biggest disadvantage. But there may be some other costs you will need to deal with if you work remotely as opposed to the office, such as printing costs, your office furniture, etc.
Less contact with people
Depending on your personality, this may be positive or negative. Regardless, when working remotely, you will see your colleagues far less often than you would if you had to head into the office every morning.
Another disadvantage of working remotely is potentially being left out of the loop regarding messages and announcements in the workplace, which is not ideal.
Often when changing to a remote environment, companies try setting up unnecessary virtual offices and workplaces that go very underused.
They can also purchase complex software that theoretically could make the workflow easier, but employees are familiar with the tools they were using and can be slowed down by the new software or learning the software.
Simple and easy-to-use software is essential for remote workers, with many industry-standard systems being used now for in-house teams and remote teams, making this adoption a lot easier.