It’s always a pleasure visiting my in-laws in Skeppsta, Björnlunda.
An hour’s drive from Stockholm, it’s a stunning, traditional Swedish village
with so much character.
The traditional red wood house is just as easy on the eye.
Surrounded by woodland and perched on the fringe of a steamy lake, there’s
nothing better than jumping in the family’s fishing boat for a few hours and
watching the world go by.
However, my visit isn’t entirely made up of fun and games
with the family. While I’m visiting the in-laws for a couple of weeks, I’ll still
be working for a few of those days, attending key meetings and catch-up
sessions via e-conferencing, checking my emails and servicing clients.
Now, you might think I’m mad for not taking the entire two
and a half weeks to switch off my phone and completely unwind, but that just
isn’t me and I’m sure there are many reading this who are the same when they
have to take time away from their business.
Personally, I’ve found that I tend to be more productive
while working remotely. It allows me to completely switch off from everything
around me and really focus on the task at hand.
Also, I’ve saved valuable holidays for over the Christmas
period, when business eases off, meaning I can spend quality time with my wife
and children at the best time of the year. It’s a win-win for both myself and
the company, really.
Reading this, you might be thinking to yourself, ‘Why has remote
working becoming so popular all of a sudden?’, and you won’t be alone. It’s a
question on the lips of many business leaders.
For me, is pivotal to building trust with your staff and
unlocking the most from your team. Why should you need to work fixed times,
from a fixed desk in a fixed location? It just doesn’t make sense.
Trust is business essential and if you can’t trust your
staff, who can you trust? So long as your business is going in the right
direction, morale is high and you’re enjoying what you’re doing, should it
matter how and where you do it?
Here at Nice Network, we take great pride not only in our
own remote working strategy but also in our ability to help other businesses
unlock their untapped potential by adopting a remote working policy.
So, if you think remote working could benefit your business,
why not drop us a line? We can help you install all the processes, software and
infrastructure you need, as well as providing ongoing monitoring and support.
For more information, drop me an email at Geoff@nicenetwork.uk. Who knows, the next
blog could be your experience of working overseas with your family!