How remote teams can help you become more diverse and inclusive companies

More and more firms are becoming aware of this need. Let’s see why.

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It is the perfect time to learn about all the ways that employing remotely can be a tool on the long road to be an inclusive company.

 

Hire from a diverse talent pool

As a remote company, you are not bound to searching for your candidates in only 1 location. You do not have to worry about the costs of relocating people. While hiring remotely does not take out all biases in your hiring process, it does take out location and relocation biases.

Create an accessible work environment

By offering permanent employment from home, you make it easier for a large group of people to work. Think of those who live in economically disadvantaged areas. People who have not been able to find employment due to economic difficulties in their area now also have a larger chance at employment. Think of parents who need to take care of their children. Think of those who are not able bodied, such as those with walking difficulties, severe allergies etc. Traveling to the place of work, as well as moving around the office can be difficult. Some may need to lay down or receive care every once in a while, which can be uncomfortable in an office setting.

Consider offering flexible working hours

Offering employment remotely with flexible working hours can also help with creating inclusion, as it enables people to work in their own preferred rhythm. A parent may want to work when their child is sleeping, or taken care of by someone else. Those taking care of others may need to take frequent breaks in order to care for them. Those in different time zones can work what are regular office hours for them. Some people may just perform much better taking a long run/nap/dog walk during a prolonged lunch break.

Provide Mental Health support

Working from home takes out the stress that work-related commuting can have. Not having to commute also leaves more time for recharging that internal battery, spending time with loved ones, or practising hobbies.

Working from home can create a quieter environment as employees are disturbed less by colleagues or distracted by office noises. Many feel at ease being surrounded by their pets, or having a personalized place of work. If an employee is not feeling well, they can close their laptop and take a private moment, rather than running to the bathroom for some privacy. It does mean that there is a less clear boundary between work and home life, and companies should consider and actively work on enabling that work-life balance.

To build an inclusive remote work culture, you will need to have the right tools in place. This doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. It does require thought, sensitivity, and company-wide input.

At Roots EOR we ardently believe in the importance of inclusivity and diversity in building strong remote teams. An inclusive workplace and a diverse team actively encourages employees to work better together. With a diverse remote team, you can develop your company culture holistically and foster employee well-being and sustained engagement.

BE DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE

Roots EOR can help you to build your remote team wherever they are based. You tell us who you want to hire and we employ them on your behalf. We are an EOR providing global employment services to companies of all shapes and colors.

If you would like to speak to our team about how you can be more inclusive, please? Contact Us

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