SwanseaCon ended with this amazing final keynote. I’ve never worked from home before, but know many who like to do so occasionally. Rachel Davies talks about the company she works for, which not only supports remote-working, but also encourages it.

Who works from home? This is something that Rachel Davies does regularly. She only goes into the office once or twice a year. There are many advantages to this – more time with family, and no long commute.

Rachel works for Tes Global, a business that promotes a remote-first culture. Everyone in the team has the option to work remotely. Not everyone takes advantage of this, some still prefer working in an office, but the majority choose to work remotely.

The remote-first culture is widely supported by the business. Meetings are recorded so anyone can view them later on. This promotes knowledge sharing, and employees can benefit from a better work-life balance. There are also many benefits for the business – less office space and option to hire from a wider talent pool across multiple time zones.

There are some drawbacks, the main one being the risk of isolation. However, this has been mitigated by arranging mentors, personal profiles, conference trips, and remote parties.

Working remotely can be made much easier when supported by the business. It can be even easier still when it is encouraged by the business (but still allowing people to work in the office if they wish to do so).