Covid-19 has forced a lot of businesses to embrace remote working statistics and many employees are learning to love working from the comfort of their homes, not to mention cutting out their commute. That’s why many companies are likely to offer more remote positions in the future, and here’s why your business should consider hiring more remote workers as a choice, rather than just through necessity.
The number of people looking for remote roles has often been high, but in recent months, it has soared. If you post two identical job adverts but have one that’s based in an office and one that’s fully remote, the latter is pretty much guaranteed to get a lot more interest and give you a wider pool of talent to choose from. If there are certain roles you’re struggling to fill, post the job advert online and specify that you want a remote worker. You’ll get resumes from qualified people all over the world.
2- It’s Likely Your Competitors Are Doing It
No business wants to be left behind when it comes to technology and innovation and if you don’t offer remote working, then your company may be seen as old-fashioned and behind the times. Many major businesses are going on a remote hiring spree, so don’t be left behind. Consider whether remote workers could benefit your business.
3- A Surprising Amount Of Jobs Can Be Done At Home
In the past, many employers have insisted that their employees couldn’t possibly work from home. Then lockdown hit, and many of them changed their tune. Unless your employee’s jobs involve face to face contact with people or working with specialized equipment, it’s likely they can do it remotely. Some of the most common work from home jobs include:
Marketing – especially digital marketing such as SEO
Writing or editing
Teaching or tutoring
Improved software that helps you track efficiency and productivity and better video calling apps have made many employers reconsider whether they need people in the office all day, or whether the job can be adapted to be remote.
4- It Saves You Money
There are lots of ways that remote working can save you money. As you may have seen in the news recently, companies such as Facebook are cutting salaries for those who work remotely in cheaper areas. If your business is based in an expensive city and you’re paying huge salaries, this may be a way to get wage bills down. You also save money on office space, heat, light, and much more when you don’t have a load of people under the same roof. You could potentially downsize to a smaller office and introduce hot-desking for those who like to come into the office for meetings.
Remote working is likely to increase in the next few years, so make sure your organization isn’t left behind. There are many ways you can integrate remote working into an existing business and it has many benefits for you, from happier workers to cut costs.