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Remote Jobs: Tech Companies Taking Workers Out of the Office

The future has arrived! We have successfully progressed away from an era that valued in-office facetime and punching in and out on a clock (who even came up with the idea to call it punching?). Remote jobs are more available than ever. 

Remote jobs are more lucrative for prospective employees and employers alike. The industry that jumped on this location-independent bandwagon first? Tech companies.

Why Remote Jobs Were Made for Tech Startups

One of the most important questions a company needs to ask before allowing for distributed workforces is: Are workers physically able to do their jobs remotely?

Obviously, this rules out in-person customer service and certain jobs that require handling secure information. But if your job is performed completely online? You could basically do it anywhere. 

Convenience, meet tech industry.

Companies Rocking Distributed Workforces

Plenty of tech companies are encouraging workers to spend more time out of the office. Amazon and Dell are two such companies that are slowly moving employees to coworking spaces or allowing employees to simply opt out of an office altogether.

But when companies start removing the option for a morning commute? That’s when you know the times are ah-changing. These six companies are leading the charge toward a location-independent workplace.

  1. Appen

Appen hasn’t asked its entire workforce to hang their OOO signs just yet. But this content, transcription and annotation tech company is creating tons of opportunities for remote positions and removing the need for the 9-to-5.

They offer remote positions for raters, transcriptionists, translators and linguists. They also hire remote workers for ‘micro tasks,’ small task that add up to one healthy side hustle. 

  1. Automattic

You might not have heard of Automattic, but you’ve probably gotten to know a few of the products they’ve worked on: WordPress.com, WooCommerce and Polldaddy. 

Their employees love that they get to work with talented people — from the comfort of their own homes. They’ve stated that removing the office from the equation allows them to work with others more productively.

If you aren’t forced into awkward social situations every day, you can simply create a professional relationship with most of your coworkers and form stronger bonds with others. 

  1. Close.io

This inside sales customer relationship management company is known for creating great vibes with their employees — in addition to their customers’ customers.

They created a remote work environment to attract employees that crave challenge and creativity. They also value out-of-the-box thinking and encourage employees to continuously improve processes and procedures. 

  1. Stripe

Stripe decided to move its latest engineering hub to a remote location: their engineers’ homes. 

Stripe is known for being the payment processing company behind businesses large and small, including Lyft and the Khan Academy. How were they able to create seamless communication between team members without keeping them under the same roof?

They use Slack to keep the channels of communication open and flowing. They also understand that they can only grow as fast as their clients do, so keeping costs reasonable is important to Stripe as a company.

  1. Zapier

Zapier automates and connects apps to make them work together — not against each other. They work with companies and products such as Google, Dropbox and Salesforce. 

Zapier employees are dubbed ‘Zapiens,’ and most workers say that their coworkers are their favorite part of the job. 

Just another example of how distributed workforces can improve employee relations instead of hurting them.