How to Build a Remote-Friendly Work Environment

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The modern workforce is changing. More and more employees are working remotely and companies are catching onto the time and cost-savings. But, offering employees the ability to work remotely and actually being “remote-friendly”are two different things. GovCIO has invested significant time and resources into building a truly “remote-friendly” environment. Below we’ve highlighted practices that have contributed us being listed as one of Forbes’ “Top 100 Companies for Remote Jobs”.

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Three GovCIO Best Practices for Remote Working

1. We're Genuinely Flexible

We were a remote company before it was cool. Which means, after 12 years of practice, we’ve ironed out company-wide kinks and have the framework in place to operate independently. A solid framework allows for employee flexibility. While there are meetings to attend and a typical day is 9 to 5, the where is entirely up to you.

2. We Invest In Technology

No one should have to worry about having the resources to do their job. Hardware, software, and virtual meeting applications, as well as other accommodations (such as a second monitor) aren’t benefits, they’re necessities. Company-provided laptops and project management or collaboration applications are only the beginning. And it’s not enough to simply have a laptop, what happens when an issue arises? We turn that around quickly, too. We’re about productivity, not extended downtime, and most often, teams don’t want the interruption. In-house IT support keeps the trains running on time.

3. We Build Relationships With Co-workers

Much like our relationships with friends and family, we form bonds and relationships with co-workers. This type of bonding is important because it encourages workplace loyalty—and we all know how important that is when trying to find motivation on a day-to-day basis. So, we make time for regular conversation. From “fun facts” at the end of a meeting, to threads just for pictures of our pets, it’s important to have a space to learn more about team members on a personal level. The willingness to help or ask for help becomes natural. And experiencing joy at work or feeling comfortable to be yourself promotes psychological safety.