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Episode 43- Shannon Miles on The Business Case for Working Remotely

July 26, 2018 • Entrepreneurship
Shannon Miles, BELAY

The nature of work is shifting. More people do their job virtually or remotely than ever before, the gig economy is booming, and more companies are using freelance and contract workers. Shannon Miles is the co-founder of BELAY Solutions, a virtual staffing solutions company that is ranked #1 on Entrepreneur’s Top Company Culture list in the small company category. She’s also the author of The Third Option which explores how you can live and work on your own terms without sacrificing career or family. On this episode, we talk about the shift towards a virtual workplace, practical tools for teams working remotely, and advice for leaders who want to create a more flexible work environment for their employees.

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Show Notes

  • What is the third option? (1:51)
  • How Shannon and her husband Bryan started their company BELAY Solutions (6:04)
  • The shift towards working remotely (9:30)
  • How to structure working remotely (11:05)
  • How to build a culture when people work remotely (13:09)
  • Resources and tools to support a healthy virtual culture (14:48)
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  • Her advice to leaders who have employees that more flexibility to work from home (18:56)
  • Characteristics of people who thrive working well from home (22:06)
  • The value behind assigning responsibility instead of tasks (24:37)
  • How to know if working from home is right for you (26:10)
  • How to negotiate for more flexibility at work (29:06)
  • What Shannon sees as the future of work (30:42)
  • More than half (59%) of hiring managers today are using freelance and contract workers, up 24% from 2017, and predict that number will increase by 168% in the next decade. – Fast Company
  • With the advancement of communication tools and apps, the remote work industry continues to grow. In 2016, U.S. employees worked an average of 3.13 hours remotely per day, an increase from the 2.64 hour average 10 years ago. – Simple Texting
  • More people do their job virtually or remotely and at various times of the day rather than between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and teams have fewer face-to-face interactions, communicating increasingly through email, instant messaging and conference calls. Gallup found that from 2012 to 2016, the number of employees working remotely rose by four percentage points, from 39% to 43%, and employees working remotely spent more time doing so. – Gallup

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