Brightfind is excited to announce that our office is going virtual! Flexible working options have long been an important piece of Brightfind’s culture. With more and more of our employees enjoying the benefits of working remotely we have found ourselves occupying beautiful office space that goes largely unused.
Frank Klassen, Brightfind CEO, says, “The benefits of going completely remote are strong. It provides staff with more flexibility, lowers our carbon footprint, and allows us to put our resources toward more exciting opportunities such as staff training and technology upgrades. Simply put, going virtual is a great business decision for Brightfind.”
So what does this mean for Brightfind’s clients and partners? Klassen explains, “It’s doubtful that they will notice the change at all. We already have remote employees across the United States, plus many DC-area staff often choose to telecommute on a regular basis.”
Brightfind employees and clients already communicate heavily with each other via online collaboration tools such as Trello, Zoom, Mavenlink, and GoToMeeting. For example, most of Brightfind’s clients receive a personal board on Trello, a web-based project management application. This creates a single repository to house deliverables, provide client feedback, create status calls and agendas, as well as collaborate on upcoming activities and projects.
Vice President of Professional Services, Emily Witt, states, “Online collaboration tools such as Trello help the entire project team, on both the client and staff side, engage with each other and stay informed on every aspect of every project.” She continues, “Our clients and staff are already well-versed in interacting with each other via virtual tools; this will make it easy to conduct business as usual as a remote office.”
A study by the Harvard Business Review shows that remote workers report eating healthier, exercising more, and sleeping better, resulting in more energized and productive employees. Negating commutes will enable staff to focus on client deliverables without the stress of fighting rush hour traffic to get to or from the office by a certain time.
Klassen says, “I’m sure our communications with clients will only improve as we add more collaborative resources. Plus, I’m positive our processes will only strengthen as we find new ways to engage. Not to mention, we’ll still be visiting client sites, inviting them to meet with us in the conference room of our current office building, and we will still have conversations the old-fashioned way by picking up the phone.”