Network Next: A Case for Remote First
Updated: Apr 1
There’s been a lot of back and forth about the pros and cons of working remotely. But at Network Next, we've found remote work to be a boon. So much so that it’s now one of our core values as a company.
In fact, we’ve started referring to ourselves as a ‘distributed organization’ as it’s not just non-essential work being done remotely. Our entire business, including essential workers and core tasks, is distributed across the globe.
Here's why remote work works for us:
1) Much larger talent pool – Companies are always looking to hire the best talent. Why limit that search to one location? Or force that talented potential employee to move to a different city where they may not want to live? What about senior talent who have kids and have already bought a house? In a remote work environment, you can hire the best talent where they are and benefit from their skills and ideas without forcing them into a work situation in which they may not thrive. Network Next has employees in California and even "down under" in Australia. We have employees who work from home because they have a child. We have employees working in Upstate New York around Troy, NY because of the area’s excellent engineering talent. Btw, we're still hiring!
2) Good ideas come from everywhere – You have heard of “hive mind”, or the notion that a group of people who are consistently together and who continually share knowledge in the same environment produces either uncritical conformity or collective intelligence. As a company, we believe that great ideas are great, no matter who or where they come from. What better way to foster that than to have people in their remote environments, influenced by a broader universe of ideas from their friends, their families, the places they live, and the places they shop, come together every so often to collaborate? Simply put, we want ideas coming from left field and remote work can help with that.
3) Tools are numerous – There have long been tools for assisting with remote work, starting with the telephone and the FAX (it's a Gen X thing, kids). Today, there are online tools for communicating better: Zoom, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Skype. There are tools for keeping employees productive and holding them accountable: Monday.com, Slack, SmartSheet, etc. There are tools for sharing images and ideas: DropBox and Box. There are tools for writing and collaborating in real-time: Google Docs and Microsoft Office. We have tools for just about everything you can think of, all online and all designed to keep us productive in remote work situations. At Network Next, we take advantage of many of these tools, integrating them together to automate some of the more repetitive tasks.
4) Our runway is longer – Every company has its budgets and every company uses those budgets to help with decision-making. Network Next is no different. Working remotely decreases overhead expenses, which in turn can either help a company's cash flow or be used in other ways, such as hiring the best talent!
5) Our footprint is smaller – For those companies like ours that are concerned about the environment, remote work also means fewer people on the roads and commuting to work. Does anybody really want to commute to work? C’mon. This is a pure win!
At our core, Network Next is an internet company.
We believe that the internet is one of the foundational technologies that connects people, businesses, and the world. It is central not only to what we sell but how we operate as a business.
Network Next exists to make the internet better and that starts with games. We believe that every person, no matter where they're located, deserves the best internet experience possible. We’ve also come to learn that employees also deserve the best work experience, wherever they are. So Network Next is now remote first, and plans to stay that way.
Thanks for reading and see you online!