A new phenomenon is upon us and you’ve probably noticed it yourself. Whether you’re passing by a local coffee shop on your daily commute, relaxing at a beachside bar on your holidays, or even enjoying a lakeside stroll in the country, you might find something – or someone – similar in each of these scenarios. That would be the remote worker, a new team-based concept that businesses all over the world are beginning to adopt.
Remote workers are able to set up their equipment and crack on with their work anywhere in the world. All it takes is a strong, active internet connection that allows communications between themselves and their employees, clients, or team members in other locations.
A Trip away for the entire team
Some businesses are now choosing to take the entire team on a remote working trip away, in the hope that a change of scenery will not only give employees a much-needed boost from time to time, but will help to build the team’s relationship and contribute to a greater quality of work produced. Some even choose to make a remote working trip a regular occurrence, perhaps returning to the same location year after year, if it proves to be a success.
Remote working can be a fantastic boost to the location’s tourism and economy, especially for those destinations that are much more secluded and unknown. Yet with the sudden transition from a quiet rural village, for example, to one that’s buzzing with wifi connections and heavy internet usage, sometimes these locations can struggle to accommodate a large group of remote workers.
Is there anything that businesses can be doing, to give back to the communities that welcome their remote working? Rather than simply buying the odd cup of coffee in the cafe you make your temporary office, why not make an investment into the location, to to have them welcome you back time and time again.
provide higher-quality technology
Long-term remote workers will tell you just how difficult their job can become, without a strong and reliable internet connection. Of course, in some destinations further afield, or hidden away in the countryside, the internet isn’t as much of a priority as it is here, until remote workers begin visiting their communities.
You’ll find that an abundance of bars and coffee shops all over the world now offer wifi, however the quality of the service is usually intended for a couple of people to use at a time, rather than an entire team of remote workers.
If you’ve fallen in love with a location, but have struggled to be as productive as you’d hoped because of a poor internet connection, consider investing some of your budget into supplying a higher quality wifi service. There’s no doubt that the businesses within the community will appreciate both the improved internet connection and the frequent visits from your team, too!
Offer your services to businesses within the community
Alternatively, you could offer professional services to local businesses that you frequent on your trip. You could be a digital marketing agency who can help them promote their business online, or even an accountancy service who can work towards improving the business’ finance
By offering your complimentary services to the businesses you visit on your remote working trip, you can establish a close relationship between the two of you. Your services could turn out to be a much more valuable tool to them, than the odd purchase you make from them during your visit.
It doesn’t even have to be a year-round relationship. You could offer your services for certain times of the year, on a 6-month basis, or for the whole 365 days if you so wish.
Teach and train anyone with an interest
Are the skills from within your industry lacking in that particular location? There are some industries, particularly those that are new, that may not have reached the various destinations around the world. If this is the case where you choose to make your remote working location, you could invest in the community with a little teaching and training.
Offering unique skills that are completely new to those in the community will really make an impression on the locals, without a doubt that they’ll want to you to return time and time again. You could start with teaching them the basics on one visit, with a view to increasing their skills on your next trip over. An investment into the community such as this could see the economy grow over time, if locals choose to start up their own business in the area, similar to yours.
If you’re interested in making remote working a part of your team culture, consider the greater investments that you could make to the communities you visit. Who knows, those coffees you were once paying for could be given to you for free!