This blog was written by Seafoam Media’s Project Manager, Lily Samimi.
The great thing about working at Seafoam Media is that the company is built around a culture that promotes the idea that how you live your life is greatly reflected in the quality of your work. Through remote work and flexible schedules, our team members live a fun and fulfilling life while doing awesome projects at work.
Now, you may wonder – how do we do remote work and maintain company growth? It’s actually rather easy. We do what we love and we love what we do.
Here are some common myths about remote work and our thoughts on it:
1. Working remotely to achieve flexibility reduces productivity.
I’ll be honest when I first started working at Seafoam Media I thought, how could I ever manage to get anything done if I wasn’t physically at the office? In fact, what I didn’t realize at the time was that working remotely molds you into a super agile worker bee. Remote work provides us the environment to think creatively, work on several different projects at the same time and be super responsive to our clients.
2. In order to collaborate with your team, share information and communicate properly you must be in the same location.
Having clear and concise communication between our team members is what keeps us functioning as a company. Through video conferencing on Skype, project management on Teambox and constant communication through email and chat I can get in touch with any one of my team members within 15 minutes no matter where they live, be it Canada or Pakistan. We use all of these modes of communication to collaborate as a team and find the best solutions for our clients – no matter the time zone or the location.
3. When working remotely, you’re missing out on the office culture and interaction with your colleagues.
We may not see each other as often as we would like but we’re a family at Seafoam. We know about each other’s personal lives, families, what makes each person laugh and what we like to do in our free time. We take the time to get to know one another over video conference, chat and email. Additionally, by having a remote office culture we’re able to cut back on the overhead costs for renting out an office facility. Which in turn saves our customers money as we can charge them more honest prices.