Since we’re highlighting other companies’ work spaces on Wednesdays, it only seems right that we spend some time reflecting on our own. As perhaps you already know, the Printfection team works remotely as we like to buck the status quo. So what type of company culture does that help build?

The Pros:

  • Increased communication: When we worked together every day in an office we didn’t communicate as much, or as well, as we do now. Moving virtually really brought out our failures in communication and forced us to work at improving; whereas when we worked together every day, while it felt like we were communicating, we really weren’t.
  • Builds trust and respect:¬† We’re all relying on each other to block out distractions and get the work done, without someone peering over our shoulders.
  • Everyone is equally valued: There’s no “special” treatment for CEOs with large flashy rooms, so it’s a culture where everyone’s encouraged to participate and give their input.
  • Less group-think: It fosters independence and original thinking because you’re not all in the same space.
  • Increased productivity: The flexibility provided by working remotely has allowed everyone to place themselves in the surroundings that inspire them and has cut down on time wasted commuting.

The Cons:

  • Distracting working environments: At home it can be hard to concentrate if things are too noisy.
  • Can feel¬†stifling: If you don’t get out of the house enough you might go a bit stir crazy.
  • Collaboration takes a hit: You don’t get as many impromptu¬†discussions and conversations.
  • Hard on the newbs: It can be hard for new employees to really bond with everybody. Sometimes putting a real human face to a name and shaking a hand can go a long way.

As a result, the ideal set up is perhaps a mix between working virtually several days a week as well as working from an office (or shared space) the other days. What’s your take?