As the world has become more global, so the option of working remotely has become more practical. Many companies are choosing this exciting path. Websites such as FlexJobs and We Work Remotely help to connect talented and creative individuals with innovative companies that think outside the box. Here at AgenceLuxury and LuxeInACity we have employees based in 15 countries across the world. We’re creating a global brand in a global economy.

5 Advantages of a Digital Environment:

  1. Companies gain a global talent base. Global Talent makes the case that “diversity will make your business stronger, especially when it is achieved by hiring internationally trained global talent”.
  2. Richard Branson explains how remote collaboration and trust are intrinsically linked: “To successfully work with other people, you have to trust each other. A big part of this is trusting people to get their work done wherever they are, without supervision.”
  3. Traveling the world is guaranteed to stimulate the creative process: John Robshaw Textiles was inspired by Robshaw’s travels to Asia and his appreciation of Asian art.
  4. A ‘Happiness and Productivity’ study at the University of Warwick confirmed that happy workers are indeed productive workers.
  5. A digital environment is in itself a cost saving infrastructure. For example, Aetna saved $78 million in operating costs by allowing workers to work at home.

5 Disadvantages of a Digital Environment:

  1. Having colleagues in different time zones means it can be difficult to connect.
  2. Working remotely means that there are no creative discussions over coffee. Marissa Mayer from Yahoo! acknowledges that “People are … more collaborative and innovative when they’re together. Some of the best ideas come from pulling two different ideas together.”
  3. Traveling the world comes with many distractions.
  4. Productivity is dependent on Internet connectivity and is hampered by disruptions in your connection.
  5. As documented by the Wall Street journal, communication via email means there is more room for communication blunders and confusion.

Many companies are choosing to opt for the advantages offered by a virtual workforce. Many top companies are offering remote jobs, including industry giants such as Xerox, Dell and American Express. Despite the potential drawbacks, many are enjoying the benefits from participating in a global workforce.

Roxanne Genier