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Work Your Way with Jim Sullivan, CEO at JCSI

Work Your Way is our new blog series in which individuals give their honest answers about how they like to work when working remotely. From how to create and maintain a work culture when working remotely, to how they best like to work remotely, they share their insights and top tips.

Jim Sullivan, CEO at JCSI shares with us his thoughts on how the perception of remote working has changed from a bad idea, and blossomed into a collective dedication, "to work together and achieve company and personal goals". JCSI uses customised sourcing and creative marketing tools to deliver better candidates, faster, and at lower cost.

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What is the biggest advantage to the company of working remotely?

Remote Work has in the past been considered a bad idea for companies, offering employees an option to focus more on chores and relaxation rather than actually working. However, the recent conditions for this work-from-home atmosphere have proven to motivate our employees. It has given our employees the opportunity to find a perfect work-life balance, since they have become almost one in the same. I would say the biggest advantage to the company of working remotely would be the collective dedication and perseverance to work together and achieve company and personal goals.

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Remote-Friendly or Remote-First?

Our office has always been a remote-friendly environment, where we have a majority of our employees working in the office, but many that choose to work remotely. Within the current climate, we remain remote-friendly, but most of our employees are working remotely. We cannot operate at full capacity inside our office, but we have a small portion of employees that are choosing to come in. This is completely optional for employees.

How do you keep remote work visible?

We have implemented daily check-ins with our teams, and bi-weekly company meetings to review goals, progress, and room for improvement. We keep online dashboards and tracking technologies to monitor performance. Our management team is in constant communication with all employees to ensure their work is being done, all questions are being answered, and employees have the tools necessary to achieve their goals.

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How do you maintain and create a company culture when working remotely?

At JCSI, our culture has always been family-friendly with several company-wide events per year. We have transferred over to virtual company Zoom events such as trivia, games, open-mic nights, giveaways and more. Our team is in constant communication with each other helping to keep our family culture alive.

Where is your favourite place to work from when working remotely?

Personally, my favourite place to work from while working remotely is a room in our basement. With five kids and three dogs, it can be loud in our house! I have set up a nice workspace down there where I can not only get some peace & quiet, but get my work done and lead our team without being interrupted!

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A big thank you to Jim for his honest answers and insights into JCSI. Make sure you check out JCSI.

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