Atlantic Bay CEO talks remote work life and culture
Today’s HousingWire Daily episode features a crossover episode of HousingWire’s Housing News podcast. In this episode, HousingWire Editor in Chief Sarah Wheeler interviews Brian Holland, the CEO of Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group.
Brian discusses Atlantic Bay’s transition to remote work over the past year and the importance of company culture even in an online environment.
Here is a small preview of the interview, which has been lightly edited for length and clarity:
Sarah Wheeler: How has the opportunity to work remotely affected your retention rates? Do you have any company surveys or data that show this is important to your employees?
Brian Holland: Yeah, so it’s interesting. While we have surveys, I still meet with 10 to 12 different people every month. In these meetings, I get a great sense of what that looks like, and I’ve discovered an overwhelming amount of people want to continue working remotely. This kind of surprised me. I mean, more and more of our salespeople want to be back in the office because they need to be around people, they feed off of people.
But from our operations and corporate team, for the most part, I would say 80% and more want to work remotely because of the reasons we’ve talked about. They don’t have the commute time, they don’t have to get dressed, they can take their dog for a walk at lunch, or they can be there when their child gets off the bus. So, yeah, I think we will see more of that continue to trend in that direction, especially in this business.
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