Back in October 2020, President and CEO of LogMeIn, William Wagner, posted a LinkedIn blog talking about the company’s transition to a remote workforce. Since the company was founded, William noted that he has always invested in giving employees the tools and technology to work from anywhere. This gave the brand the opportunity to be one of the first brands to pave the way for the future of remote working, with over 4,000 distributed employees.
Now that it’s May 2021 and the remote/hybrid workforce is starting to roll out, William Wagner has returned to LinkedIn once again to share his thoughts on the changing work environment. According to William, he was knowledgeable about how remote employees can often miss the cooler moments of an office environment. He also noted that in hybrid work environments, he believes remote employees can often be overlooked for promotions and opportunities.
Here’s how the CEO of LogMeIn plans to balance a better future for hybrid work.
Give employees more opportunities
The first and most important aspect of William and LogMeIn’s approach to remote working is to keep employee choice and flexibility in mind. Employees will be able to choose how they want to work in the future, although some roles will require more face-to-face time with customers and partners than others. William says he and his team won’t be rushing people back to face-to-face settings in any setting. Instead, the company wants to lean into an era of remote working and flexibility, where employees can be more productive.
As a remote-focused company, LogMeIn’s management team is also largely remote. The company hired two remote executives last year, and only about a third of the management team live near physical headquarters, according to William. Although Wagner said he hadn’t worked from home extensively before the pandemic, he is confident that hybrid working is now the way to go.
LogMeIn’s post-pandemic vision is for everyone to do their jobs remotely. When together in the office, employees collaborate to create teams and create opportunities for collaboration. The brand wants to make sure it’s possible for teams to avoid complex trips and trips to the office whenever necessary, which means more meetings and interactions will take place online.
Investing in the distant future
LogMeIn’s full transition to a remote work environment comes with a new investment in training opportunities for managers. Wagner has set a goal for the LogMeIn team to have the best remote managers this year, and he plans to achieve this by accessing new training opportunities and processes. New collaboration budgets are also in place in LogMeIn. This should help managers interact more frequently with remote employees.
According to LogMeIn, the world is still preparing to meet the future of work and find out what life will be like after the pandemic. Reopening is taking place in phases around the world, and businesses must remain flexible as we step into a new era. William Wagner believes this new world will be an opportunity for remote work to shine.