Is it positive for agencies to work remotely? Advantages and disadvantages

The phrase “2020 was a year that …” is almost a mandatory catchphrase for anything we want to talk about in many productive spheres today. Especially for those of us who filled the offices of almost the entire CDMX before 2020, but especially if we speak digitally, the new work normality has imposed itself on our daily lives in the last 12 months. Remote work is a reality that we could not continue to postpone.

But what benefits and disadvantages does 100% remote work have for clients, internal teams and companies? This is a topic that there is a lot to talk about.

Pros and cons of the home office for companies

Let’s just think about the implications for a company to have its employees or collaborators commute to the office daily:

  • Constant work risk: Taking into account that the daily commute of each employee is an average of one or two hours, every minute spent on the street, traveling by subway, bus, private car, bicycle, etc. to the office, and back; implies a risk of accident and latent disability. Multiply this risk for each employee; That reason should be enough to keep your collaborators at home.
On average, 527,802 disabilities due to work risk occur annually, which are equivalent to 1,446 daily disabilities, of which 22% represent accidents on the road. (INEGI 2008 – 2018)
  • Reduction of expenses: Not only because of the productive cost that a disability implies, by reducing the number of people in an office to an essential degree or even not having any, the expenses that range from the rental of the property, maintenance, services, furniture etc. are drastically reduced.
  • Increased productivity: Everything is interconnected, but productivity is clearly an extremely important additional advantage; reduction in travel times, less attrition by up to 50%, greater loyalty on the part of employees, and a dramatic reduction in absences due to illness.
  • Increase in competitiveness: Imagine in your agency that you have the possibility of integrating a design crack into your team, but who lives in the north of the country, and a social media guru who lives in the southeast, and that the account manager has been living in California for years. Remote work allows your company to attract the best of the best in human capital, and instead that your collaborators are mostly remunerative and loyal. Did you know that at least 35% of people who currently work in an office, would leave their current job if they could switch to a 100% remote job?
  • Loyalty: Staff turnover is one of the main headaches of any company; In terms of resources, all that it costs to train and develop the productivity of a collaborator within the company can disappear from one day to the next if he finds a better work alternative, and the home office is ultimately a work scheme that everyone value.

Remote work not only means advantages for your company, employees and collaborators, but for your clients themselves. Of course, for them the main element of credibility is that your company exists physically. However, projecting to clients that the work being carried out is 100% remote is currently a guarantee of availability and immediate resolution. Although it may seem incredible, at present few are the companies that have fully transited to this labor scheme.

Whats Next? If the new normal has not forced your agency to evolve to remote work, you will soon realize that there are things that can leave you out of the competition if you do not start implementing them.