How to build and run a remote company
How to buy and send a laptop to your new remote employee? And what about the ergonomic chair? Who will fix the Macbook when it breaks?
I asked the specialists about how remote companies usually handle their team's home office setup. GroWrk explained:
"Most companies either have internal HR & IT teams handle this, which is very time and resource consuming, or have employees take care of it themselves through a stipend, which isn't the most secure and cost-effective thing to do."
20% of companies on Remote Hunt (100 out of 500) have set up a home office stipend for their remote employees, but I don't have data about how they handle the process.
When the stipend is sufficient to cover everything you need for your home office together with support from the management on how to order and maintain, having a stipend in place is very helpful for the team, although it's probably much easier to let the specialized company handle this.
Firstbase is playing in the same field, and I also talked to Alan from Podia.work:
"We set up to specifically address all the issues of obtaining and managing tech and furniture for businesses whilst also offering a health and wellbeing platform for each employee."
When working together in the office, you make sure that the team has everything they need to feel good so they could focus on work. But the same applies to home offices, although in reality, it's easier to forget about it as you're not working in the same room.
And not having proper home offices in place can also lead to some serious consequences, like workplace injuries and compensation claims.
There are companies like All Remotely that specialize in ergonomic assessments to make sure that your distributed team's home offices meet recommended guidelines.
I'm curious how you handle your remote team's laptops and chairs? You can reach me by replying to the email.