»We’re able to hire amazing people, and it doesn’t matter where they live. Talent isn’t exclusive to a certain area of the country. There are great people everywhere. We love being able to hire anyone, no matter where they live.«

Steli Efti, founder and CEO at Close.io

Working remotely on a laptop

 

What is remote work?

 

Remote work or flex-place means a change in the central location of work away from the usual office work space. In case of working from home this may even mean cancelling the need to commute to work altogether.

 

Besides gaining ability to hire great employees from all over the world, remote work is beneficial for reducing your employees’ commuting time and costs, and helps with lowering the carbon footprint and environmental damage.

 

Telecommuting can be arranged for a part or all of the employee’s work schedule. It can be regular or temporary due to the personal needs or project requirements.

 

Why should you choose remote work? What could hold you back?

 

PROS CONS
employees keep full pay and benefits less suitable for positions that require the use of specialized equipment
employees save commuting time and costs fewer networking opportunities for employees
higher autonomy and less office interruptions can increase productivity heat and electric bills at employee’s home may increase
may assist employees with disabilities some employees could be less productive in this arrangement
may extend the company operational hours could create difficulty in scheduling meetings and coordinating projects
less parking spots needed and lower carbon footprint more difficult to supervise and evaluate work

 

When implementing remote work in your company for the first time, you should consider:

 

  • how work activities will be carried out, where and when?
  • how much time will be spent in the office, and when?
  • how working hours will be tracked?
  • how meetings and joint projects will be handled?
  • how to maintain high level of workplace communication?
  • what technical support and equipment is needed and who will provide it?
  • what networks and company data should be accessible remotely?
  • how arrangement will be supervised and evaluated?

 

With All Hours you will be able to supervise where and when your remote employees perform their work activities. You will have a real-time overview of who is ‘present’ and working at which moment and will be able to easily track their worked hours and overtime.

 

How to set remote work in All Hours?

  1. Set ‘Plan’ rule to 8 hours from Monday to Friday to define a regular work schedule or set it up to your custom schedule. 

plan rule settings in All Hours for remote work

 

2. Define the geo locations at which your employees are allowed to work remotely. You can choose the locations by selecting points on map:

 

GPS settings in All Hours

 

adding geo location screen

 

In case one of your employees clocks in or out at an unknown location, which hasn’t been approved yet, such event will be marked on their timeline with a red flag. You can either approve or decline the new unknown location.

 

unknown geo location screen

 

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