When I joined DataTech in late 2012 as CEO, I wanted to change the way we worked, I wanted to adopt a work routing or schedule that fitted our setup. At the time the company only employed 3 consultants full time and most of the time we were outside of the country working everyday of the week. When we were not working we still spent a lot of time together. So inevitably the traditional relationship barriers between manager and employee went away. Rather than move cautiously, I took an opportunity to test this team setup relationship and sought to take advantage of the moments we had to improve our communication on many levels.
Inevitably as the company grew, and we went back to the office I could see that sustaining such a close relationship becomes a challenge. The office environment immediately makes it challenging, the setup, furniture, meetings, schedules, different routines, different agendas it all builds layer on layer of procedures. I ung on to certain my team out of the office, gave me the opportunity to identify the added values. What started as an unknown became more transparent to me, so I continued to push with innovative approaches to our working structures. Little did we know then that one day in the future this way of working would serve as an invaluable adaptation and neccesity.
Each year we continue to break down barriers by rolling out new HR procedures, not the easiest thing to do as everyone is always cautious or suspicious about change. We removed legacy HCM IT systems and invested in HCM cloud products that provided us a vuirtual platform to maintain records and finally and most probably the most important we made great efforts to sustain a healthy work environment (key to good relationship is communication). It is no surprise that today we engage with staff from many corners of the world. We have fulltime, part time, contractors, whatever works. We do not think about distance or lack of human contact, in fact our staff miss nothing of being in the office. For us working remotely, adopting a flexible time environment, communicating electronically and even socialising on a virtual platform has always been a normal days work.
At DataTech, we embrace a future that is more than just home or remote teleworking as an alternative means to traditional office mode, we see that remote working is a must and should be adopted by everyone that is able operate in this manner. Remote working has several benefits that contribute towards family quality time, personal life quality, the environment directly and indirectly, the client and the bottom line. It’s a win for everyone.