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Distributed Teams are the Future of Work

The move to partially and fully distributed teams is driven by the growing competition to attract and retain the best talent, the increasing number of workers entering the gig economy, the need to find new cost savings and work efficiencies, and the drive to find the work-life balance afforded by telecommuting. Already almost a quarter of the U.S. workforce is telecommuting occasionally or permanently, according to Global Workplace

Not surprisingly, innovative technology firms are leading the way in globally distributed teams. For example, Automattic, responsible for developing WordPress and other products, has a 400-person team distributed across 40 countries. “This has been amazing for the company in that we can attract and retain the best talent without them having to be in New York or San Francisco or one of the traditional tech centers,” says CEO Matt Mullenweg.

Six top reasons that distributed teams are the future of work.

1. Attract the Best Talent at the Best Price
Currently there’s a real talent crunch, especially in sectors like technology and financial services. By opening up the job pool to talent worldwide you can get the skilled workers you need right now.

2. Improve Employee Retention Rates
Attracting the best talent is the first part of the solution. Keeping them in the job is the other. Increasingly work-life balance is becoming important to workers. So being able to work from home and avoiding the daily commute can play a big part in keeping valuable staff happy and in place.

3. Boost Productivity
With distractions like water-cooler gossip and the grind of the daily commute in the traditional workplace, it’s not surprising that it’s hard to for employers to achieve maximum productivity.
The State of Work Productivity Report reveals that 65 percent of full-time employees think a remote work schedule would increase productivity.

4. Cut Costs with Distributed Teams
The most obvious saving with distributed teams is office space. According to PGi, the average real estate savings with full-time teleworkers is $10,000 per employee a year.

5. Reach Different Demographics
The appeal of working in a distributed team cuts across demographics. As more baby boomers are hitting retirement, many are finding themselves without adequate savings and need to continue working in other job, or else they just want to continue working but with more flexible arrangements. Working from home provides an opportunity to continue to work under more convenient circumstances.

6. Better Enable Companies to Scale Up
Another important benefit of distributed teams is that it makes it easy for businesses to use freelance help, instead of full-time employees, for some roles. This ability becomes particularly important when companies try to scale up, but risk having new profits eaten up by hefty new expenses, such as unnecessary full-time wages.

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