Max Lynch @maxlynch:
"I don't think tech folks quite understand how pervasive remote work has become. It's not even a debate anymore, it's a full on revolution. Hard to do any recruiting these days and not constantly run into talented folks who will never go back to working in an office again"
Howard van Rooijen @HowardvRooijen:
"We went 100% remote last year, it's been a very positive move and 3 people we've wanted to join the company for years finally agreed, once we removed the "You must do the 9-5 London rat race" barrier."
Sahil Lavingia @shl:
"If you were doubting the trend towards working remotely, we got 114 applications in two days! Seven have already passed our coding challenge. Over half non-white and about 20 women. A bunch of founders that need a way to fund themselves. And quite a few Gumroad creators, too!"
These are just snapshots from a much larger conversation—one that we’ve seen taking place time and time again both online and off. Back in December, our CEO, Jason Reichl, took part in a panel on the subject at the Work Awesome Conference on the Future of Work and Communication. Alongside Kari Howe of Drift and J Zac Stein of Lattice, he discussed the importance of hiring and working with intention, whether it’s remote or not.
In an article by Open View on predictions for 2019, Carol MacKinlay, Chief People Officer at UserTesting, offered the following: "Companies will accelerate hiring remote employees to get the skills needed. The rising cost and competition for workers and office space, along with the positive shift in communication tools will drive companies to think even more broadly about their open roles. This may also be the easiest path to creating a diverse workforce."
So, not only is remote work benefitting employees who prefer the flexibility and convenience; employers are also reaping rewards. Namely, the ability to make quality, diverse hires regardless of postal code.
After all, when you’re truly selecting talent for the right reasons, what’s a few miles between monitors?