Three Ways GovCIO Builds a Remote-Friendly Work Environment

Hire Heroes USA works with a number of our employment partners that prioritize hiring our clients and providing a flexible, positive working environment for their employees. One of those companies is GovCIO, which is committed to making remote work easier and more enjoyable for its employees. Read below to learn how GocCIO is taking steps to improve its remote work environment. 

Note: This post is sponsored content provided to Hire Heroes USA by our employment partner, GovCIO.

If you’re on the job hunt, the likelihood of finding a post-pandemic remote opportunity is high. But, offering employees the ability to work remotely and actually being “remote-friendly” are two very different things. Whether a full-time remote, hybrid, or temporarily remote opportunity, distributed teams require a remote-friendly work environment that mimics the inherent need for connection while supporting efficiency and high-performance levels.

GovCIO has invested significant time and resources in building a truly “remote-friendly” work environment. Here are three best practices that have contributed to our success and led to our being listed as one of Forbes’ “Top 100 Companies for Remote Jobs”.

We’re genuinely flexible. 

We were a remote company before it was cool. Which means, after 12 years of practice, we’ve ironed out company-wide kinks and have the framework in place to operate independently. A solid framework allows for employee flexibility. While there are meetings to attend and a typical day is 9 to 5, the where is entirely up to you.

We invest in technology.

No one should have to worry about having the resources to do their job. Hardware, software, and virtual meeting applications, as well as other accommodations (such as a second monitor) aren’t benefits, they’re necessities. Company-provided laptops and project management or collaboration applications are only the beginning. And it’s not enough to simply have a laptop, what happens when an issue arises? We turn that around quickly, too. We’re about productivity, not extended downtime, and most often, teams don’t want the interruption. In-house IT support keeps the trains running on time. 

We build relationships with co-workers.

Much like our relationships with friends and family, we form bonds and relationships with co-workers. This type of bonding is important because it encourages workplace loyalty—and we all know how important that is when trying to find motivation on a day-to-day basis. So, we make time for regular conversation. From “fun facts” at the end of a meeting, to threads just for pictures of our pets, it’s important to have a space to learn more about team members on a personal level. The willingness to help or ask for help becomes natural. And experiencing joy at work or feeling comfortable to be yourself promotes psychological safety. 

The modern workforce is changing. More and more employees are working remotely and companies across all industries are catching onto the time and cost-savings. But it takes intention and patience to effectively maintain a remote workforce. GovCIO looks for ways to make “work” a better place each day. So, how do you create an effective remote-friendly workplace?