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5 ways to create a flexible working environment

When running a business neither you nor your employees have to feel like you’re stuck in a dull, cramped office. You can create a completely new flexible working culture that can inspire your employees and improve productivity.

With advancements in technology you can connect with your employees anywhere in the world and operate your company remotely.

The increase in start-up businesses operating on a low budget shows that you can choose a location that suits you perfectly. But once you decide that you want to work remotely, there are many more steps you need to complete before your business can thrive.

1. Hire others who want to work remotely – or already do

If you are running your business remotely for the very first time, you should work with people who already have experience with and enjoy working away from an office.

There are plenty of job boards that cater specifically for start-ups and working remotely, such as www.weworkremotely.com and www.angel.co, so you’ll have no problem creating your dream workforce.

2. Think of productivity in a different way

Now that you are out of the office, you no longer have to play by the office’s rules. A 9-5 shift is the thing of a past and you can model your employee’s salary around that. Reward your workers based on the performance that they put in, not if they just turn up for work.

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3. Sell everything online

By working remotely it is best to limit the amount of physical paper work you have to deal with. Online services such as consulting and computer software allow people to choose a ‘‘paperless’’ career. If you are selling products without the need for any manufacturing, then you and your team can work from anywhere you want

4. Location, Location, Location

Whether it is in the busy cafes or coffee houses of New York and London, or the relaxing, serene beaches of Bali, you need to work where you can perform at your best, not just working from anywhere. If a certain working environment is doesn’t really suit you, then you should try something new

5. Be willing to learn

By venturing into a remote workplace, you have to adapt to your new surroundings. Don’t be afraid to use digital communication tools like Skype and teach yourself how to write code. If children are now being taught how to code then you should be learning it too. When your employees sense that you are going out of your way to learn, then they will follow suit.

  • Panintelligence

    Ensuring your technology is ready to serve flexible workers is vital too. Those with the technology in place (and ROI is fast) will be the first to benefit, as described in this post celebrating Flexible Awareness Working Day: http://tinyurl.com/mpydyks.