May 21, 2019

ICBE BUSINESS EXCELLENCE SKILLNET SPONSORS 2019 GROW REMOTE CONFERENCE

ICBE Business Excellence Skillnet was delighted to sponsor the Grow Remote Conference 2019 on April 16th in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo.

Remote-working policies will rival fixed-office locations by 2025 – rendering the future workplace unrecognisable.

“Millennials want this, and by 2025, they will be 75% of the total workforce so the writing is on the wall, it’s just a case of when will you embrace it”.
https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2019/0308/1035080-fancy-working-remotely-from-home/

There were many excellent learnings and insights from this event.  See some of the highlights below.

Remote working can be a critical solution for Ireland:

  • Ireland is approaching full employment
  • Price of house in Dublin is 9.5 times average salary
  • Work/life balance is seriously important to Millennials
  • What are the skills that should be taught to prepare our next generations for the future or work?
  • War for Talent is real

John Riordan, Director of Support at Shopify, issued a 5-part Call to Action for everyone to “Up your game from ambassador to passionate crusader of Remote Working”

His five Asks are:

  1. Government – delivery of a tangible strategy to enable remote working all over Ireland
  2. Wild Atlantic Way – Encourage more remote working jobs in Atlantic Economic Corridor
    Package towns & villages as great places to work; not just visit
  3. Real financial incentive to drive local employment (currently e-worker allowance €3.20/day)
  4. IDA – Focus FDI on Remote Work – Invest in talent heatmaps
    Multi-nationals move some functions to rural areas
  5. Companies – It’s time to be brave and commit to working from home programs

Other insights from the conference were:

Managers of remote workers must:

  • Trust people
  • Focus on behaviours (just as important as technology)
  • Measure output not hours
  • Leads not managers / managers are supporters not commanders
  • Delegate, delegate, delegate

Top Skills/Attributes for remote workers:

  • Trust – Communication – Ownership
  • You are responsible for your times, tasks & energy
  • Act like a human being online

Changing mindset of management takes time – less micro-management & physical supervision means change in trust, culture and communication.

Benefits for companies:

  • Productivity increases
  • Greater employee choice, health & well-being
  • Significant cost benefits
  • Customers, communities, employees & society benefits
  • Macro issues in Ireland such as carbon footprint (commuting) & housing crisis

Critical Success Factors for moving to flexible/remote working:

  • Trust & belief
  • Effective communication
  • Visible leadership
  • Technical & structural supports
  • Remove barriers one-by-one / cultural barriers most challenging

RUN OF DAY – GROW REMOTE 2019

  • Opening remarks – Ciaran Hayes, Sligo County Council
  • The vision for remote work in Ireland – John Riordan, Spotify
  • Panel: Building a remote company in Ireland & hiring talent (Wayfair, Scrapping hub, Shopify, IDA)
  • How I’ve built and empowered teams of fully distributed companies – Marcus Wermuth, Buffer
  • From Remote Worker to Remote Manager – Ryan Mesches, Teamwork
  • If I can do it for a farm in Clare – Lorcan Roche Kelly, Bloomberg
  • Remote is here to stay – Francesc Artigas Rost, Asana,
  • Virtual Networking: Finding Your Tribe – Laurel Farrer, Distributed Consulting
  • Transforming Ways of Working in an Older Organisation – Joanie Hughes, Head of Transformation – Ways of Working, Bank of Ireland
  • Remote Lingua Franca: The Language of Distributed Work – Tammy Bjelland, Workplaceless
  • Remote for Economic Development – Tomás O Siocháin, Western Development Commission

 

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