Forbes selected GovernmentCIO for its annual list of Top 100 Companies for Remote Work, recognizing businesses that lead in providing the ability to telecommute while also meeting their organizations’ missions.
Forbes officials issued the honor prior to many global businesses transitioning to more flexible telework policies in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Never before has there been as much focus on offering employees remote working opportunities.
“The boom of remote jobs means that many have more flexibility in choosing where they live, how they commute and which career to pursue. Working from home allows some to reclaim that illusive work-life balance, as they don’t have to spend as much time going to work or getting dressed for meetings,” Forbes writes.
While GovernmentCIO has three offices across America in Washington D.C., Florida and Texas, the organization’s embrace of remote work has enabled the company to grow and recruit talent across the country. The company’s workforce spans from California to Maine, from Chicago to Seattle, while maintaining a robust, connected, and collaborative work environment.
The list was compiled by FlexJobs, a job search site specializing in the best remote, part-time, freelance, and flexible jobs available. Companies such as Amazon, Salesforce, UnitedHeath Group and Red Hat were also included on the list.
“It’s an honor to be recognized. We are dedicated to providing the very best tools and environments for our teams to provide the best possible service and products to the organizations we serve,” said Brian Moran, GovernmentCIO CEO.
After GovernmentCIO mandated a company-wide work from home policy, employees have stood up virtual coffee breaks, morning scrums and kids art projects to support each other.
“During this challenging time, I have been proud to see our company come together to support and take care of each other to maintain that bond while the great majority of us are working from home,” Moran said.
Make a conscious effort to communicate. When you work in an office, a lot of communications occur spontaneously. When you work at home the hallway and breakroom conversations no longer happen. You have to make a point of contacting team members regularly.
Use video for all calls. A big part of communicating with others is body language and face-to-face contact. Just using audio will result in teams that are less connected to each other and making them less effective.
Make time for social interaction. It is important for people to get to know their coworkers personally. That happens naturally in an office, but you need to schedule time for it to happen on remote teams. Set up social calls like virtual coffee breaks and spend a few minutes at the start and/or end of team meetings for people to chat and get to know each other better.
Take breaks. When you work from home, it is easy to sit in one spot for 8 hours or longer while rarely getting up. Take time periodically to take a break. Get up and walk around, go outside, play with the dogs, or whatever works for you, but do something to get away from the work for a few minutes a few times every day.
Be aware of distractions. People assume that when they work from home all of the distractions go away. They don’t. They are just replaced with different distractions. The same self-discipline that it takes in an office to kick chatty coworkers out of your office is required at home to keep from surfing social media, watching TV, etc.
-- Chuck Shrader, Vice President of GovernmentCIO Experience