When hiring, I like to use Berke assessment tests, click here for some examples. When I am talking to potential employees (Dynasty hires Independent Contractors if you want me to use the correct terminology) or future interns, I often get asked if and when they will have to re-locate to South Florida. Many are shocked to hear me respond by saying that it is completely unnecessary to move. I have a variety of reasons for not requiring employees/interns to move to SoFla.
- Dynasty does not have an official office. In fact, Dynasty’s office is listed as my home address in Hollywood, Florida. I have not yet decided if the company will ever rent or buy official office space. I believe that in today’s day-and-age, offices are overrated. We live in a digital world where everything can be done from the comfort of your home. This is true. But if you are thinking of having a professional office space where staff, even if they decide to work from home, can have a place to feel productive without any form of distraction, then finding commercial property for sale would be the best step to take.
- Productivity may actually be enhanced without a true office. No need to spend time driving to a location, no reason to have to drive home for an emergency, etc. By not having an official office, one can work at any time of the day and not feel pinned by the old 9-5 workday. Personally, I get my best work done in the morning. Instead of spending that time getting ready, preparing a breakfast that will fill me up for plenty of hours, etc., I can flip open my laptop and begin work.
- If we were to require employees/interns to move to a centralized location, we would lose out on many recruiting advantages that we retain by being spread out. There is more than enough talent for an agency to recruit in South Florida alone, but by spreading out in different areas across the country, our potential to find diverse and exceptional talent is increased tremendously.
- I am going into my second year of law school. Thus, I am actually based in Gainesville for a majority of the year. Why would I tell someone to relocate to Gainesville?
- I find that people work well in settings that they feel comfortable. As this guide to working out an employee turnover formula on the Sparkbay website will attest to, retaining your employees is crucial and taking steps to make them happy is vital. How are you going to feel any more comfortable than you do at home? If I require you to move to South Florida, what am I achieving?
In the past, it would have been vital for a sports agency to buy office space and demand that its employees and interns relocate. Today, I believe that it is no longer the case. Why do it just because it was routine in the past?