10 Successful Companies Where All Or Most Employees Work Remotely
February 20, 2017
Remote cloud services and telecommunication services have become so empowered lately that a lot of companies are moving towards a ‘distributed’ working model. Meaning, a lot of companies are going virtual and have a majority or entirety of their team working remotely. According to Hubspot, 46% of people think that they are most productive when provided with a flexible and remote work schedule. Another study revealed a 35% increase in remote job postings in 2015. The same study predicts that by 2020, 50% of professionals in United states will work remotely. A virtual company can be just as practical, viable, productive, and efficient as a conventional business. The computer/IT industry, along with the education and HR/recruiting industry are the biggest providers of remote employment. Here is a list of 10 virtual business that have outperformed many of their conventional competitors, and are doing extremely well:
1. Zapier Zapier
connects applications to automate tasks and get better insights from data. The Zapier team is completely distributed and is so good at it, they have written a guide about it!
The company allows its employees to work from anywhere as long as they are in the USA. The even offer multiple work arrangements and the roles offered are full-time, part-time, contract based, or even internships.
2. BaseCamp or 37Signals
The 37Signals team have been working in a distributed work arrangement since 1999. This was way before this culture became popular, which is why this team is considered the Godfathers of the remote working concept. They have even published a couple of books about this model, called Rework
In this video
, Jason Fried, the co founder of 37Signals tells us that when he asked his employees where they felt most productive, the answer was NEVER ‘at the office’, or ‘with the team’. The BaseCamp team believes in routine and puts great importance to changing into your ‘work clothes’ even when you are working from home. Even if that means you change into your ‘work pyjamas’ from your ‘home pyjamas’.
The company behind WordPress
, Automattic also works on a distributed working model. The Automattic team consists of over 400 members that do not share an office. These people are spread across 40 countries and are responsible for powering 24% of all websites present on the internet today. The company is valued at over $1 billion and is one of the best examples of remote companies that are successful. The Automattic team does not use email and have they own custom chat and blog system that allows the employees to stay updated without going through scores of emails. The company also offers flexible working hours and holds a “grand meetup” of all the team members at a beautiful location, every year.
The company behind the immensely popular internet browser Firefox, Mozilla
has employed their own version of the remote working model. The company has 13 global offices and employees spread around 30 countries. Most roles have a work from home or work from office option. Many of the job listings on their website still offer work from home roles.
5. TreeHouse Treehouse
is an online platform that teaches people how to code. Their team comprises over a little more than 100 people that work four days a week, remotely. The company earns $8,000,000 in revenues
every year, once again proving that a distributed team can be equally efficient and productive to a conventional team, sitting inside an office. The company believes in giving their employees shocking benefits such as health benefits, a lunch stipend, a four day workweek and much more to build employee loyalty and enhance employee retention.
6. InVision InVision
is a collaborative design software company. They have incorporated the distributed team model with great efficiency and have team members working in multiple time zones. The company understands that talent is not limited to one area and required certain level of freedom to reach their potential. The company hold daily virtual meetings to discuss ongoing projects, and ensures there is an over-lap of at least 5-6 six hours between the working hours of people working in different time zones.
Another distributed champion, Groove
has adopted certain practices that allow them to remain productive and continue producing great work. The attribute their success to having great talent working from them, proving a great work culture, and, equipping their team members with all the necessary tools. They have daily ‘stand up’ meetings where everyone discusses what they are working on and if they are facing any challenges. They also make it a point to share their weekly, quarterly, and annual goals on a team and an individual level.
8. Art & Logic
Functioning remotely since 1991, the Art & Logic team have quite a lot of experience when it comes to working remotely. Having adopted the distributed team model right at the beginning, the team has now developed and equipped themselves with all the resources they need to remain productive, creative, and efficient.
Computer giant Dell has also made the move towards a distributed workplace several years ago. With their program called Connected Workplace, Dell aims to convert 50% of its workforce into remotely working employees. The company says that they want to show their team members that they trust their employees to design their work schedule in such a way that it meets their professional requirements, without interfering with their personal life or time.
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