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Opening to the Realities of a Remote Workforce

Allowing a remote workforce can improve your talent pool as well as force you into fixing your manual process habits.

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About Jennifer Matt

Jennifer Matt is the managing editor of WhatTheyThink’s Print Software section as well as President of Web2Print Experts, Inc. a technology-independent print software consulting firm helping printers with web-to-print and print MIS solutions.

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By Eric Vessels on Jun 08, 2022

Great piece! I feel like COVID accelerated a trend that was bound to happen at a slower pace. In fact, to me, it makes absolutely no sense as a business owner to continue to pay the overhead to house people doing work they could do - and perhaps prefer to do - at home. The opinions of one billionaire CEO be damned.

At WhatTheyThink, we are remote work natives. We've never had a physical office. We've used many tools along the way to help us do that better and continue to have our eyes out for innovation in this area. We have found that periodic in-person sessions are critical and this was tough for us absent the ability to do that during COVID or even convene at the next industry event. There is definitely a balance, but it seems to me business owners should be looking at this to strike the right balance between the demands of the business and that of the people in it.

 

By Dave Hultin on Jun 08, 2022

With the internet, everyone's next door (or in the next-door office!). My company has offered a remote work option for quite some time now, and started promoting that option right before COVID started making the world all wobbly. It sure was nice to get the timing right on that one!

Jennifer says:
> Working from home is a desirable recruiting tool.

I fully agree! Opening up the talent pool to "everywhere" is a BIG plus. From the recruiting side you have soooo many more opportunities to get just the right fit! Our most recent hires are remote workers and they're all super-stars! (Not taking anything away from our onsite team, they're definitely super-stars too.)

 

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