In this age of technological advancements and fluidity of location, telecommuting is becoming more common.
Termed as ‘Distributed Workforce‘, there are both challenges and benefits to having a workforce distributed over a wide geographical area.
Here are five examples of companies that have built the business with a remote workforce:
Automattic Inc. (160 employees) provides blogging services mainly through WordPress. All Automattic employees work from wherever they want — home or office locations any where in the world. Once a year, the entire Automattic team gets together to brainstorm company strategy and enjoy each other’s company for a while.
Treehouse Island Inc. (58+ employees) brings affordable technology education to people around the world. Treehouse employees work from the location of their choosing and most of the company is distributed. Employees collaborate on projects virtually and any employee is able to propose a new project for the company.
Universal Mind Inc. (65 employees) builds custom digital solutions for clients. Since its founding in 2003, Universal Minds has been a virtual workplace, hiring motivated self-starters and encouraging freedom and responsibility in employees.
Lullabot (35 employees) is an interactive strategy, design, and development company that uses Drupal and open source technologies. As a distributed company, Lullabot does not have a central office. Tools like GoogleDocs and Yammer are used to keep the company connected. Employees mostly work during US time zone work hours, but meeting deadlines is more important than keeping set hours.
The Grant Street Group (17+ employees) is based in Pittsburgh, PA, but more than 50% of its employees work remotely, in US locations and Canada. Telecommuters are able to work from home and travel to Pittsburgh several times a year, fully reimbursed for expenses. The Grant Street Group offers flexibility in technology tools and many ways to stay connected with the corporate office.
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