30 Jul How Working Remotely Promotes Your Brand
As we’re in the heat of Summer, working from home in your shorts and tee shirt, or your pajamas, isn’t the only advantage of a telecommuting life. (But more on the PJs option later…) Turns out, working remotely can have a positive impact on your company’s brand image.
Here’s why: Working from home – or the local library or coffee shop – makes a lot of employees happy, and when they’re happy, they do better work. When they work harder and smarter, they project a better company image.
A telecommuting policy shows a brand’s openness to new ways of working, yes. But more importantly, it shows a level of trust in your employees. Just because they’re not sitting in cubicles doesn’t mean they’re not touting your brand. On the contrary, if they’re happily working, they’re more likely to speak highly of their job and the leaders who enable them the freedom to work remotely.
Telecommuting Won’t Work for Every Company
Not all companies are ready for the cultural shift to at-home office locations. Many employers fear the “unknown” factors of off-site work − primarily accountability and execution − while other leaders see the need for the physical presence of the majority of their staff.
For instance, the USDA scaled back on the number of days per week employees can work remotely − citing responsiveness to client needs, responsibility to taxpayers and respect to colleagues on-site every day. While it was a strategic decision to reconnect the organization’s workers, it had some D.C. residents wondering about the impact on traffic in the metro area.
Building Your Brand While Employees Are at Home
For thousands of other companies, telecommuting is the answer to the flexibility that many employees seek. What’s not always easy to answer is how employers can develop a brand promise that transcends physical location. Employers will need to better articulate what the brand means and the opportunities that off-site employees have to bring it to life.
So, how can you ensure that your organization’s brand stays on track if your employees are working remotely?
- Make sure your brand is truly mobile-friendly
- Hold your employees as accountable for deliverables as if they were next door
- Provide your team with a strategy to stay connected
Ditch the Shorts, Tees and PJs; Choose Business Casual
One last thing … while working in your pajamas may seem like a nice idea, it’s best to differentiate your home “downtime” from your home “business time.” So, change out of your loungewear and choose something you wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen in on a Skype conference call. But you can probably keep your slippers on …
Different remote work policies work best for different companies at different times − and sometimes, a strategic business shift requires a change in policy over time. What is your organization’s policy on working from home?
Want to change or improve your company’s brand image? Contact GillespieHall – in your shorts, tees, PJs or in your business suit. We won’t judge.
This post was updated from its original version, first published in October 2017.