As the old song goes, the times are a-changin’. The age of having to bolt people to an office desk is slowly fading out as time goes by.
When hiring workers remotely, people usually either think they’ll get nothing done or that they’ll end up being happier than behind a desk with a noose around their neck. With the current job market perpetually in fluctuation, hiring specialized remote workers doesn’t seem like such a bad idea anymore.
Recent tech has made checking up on them easier and their acquisition can save valuable time, space and money.
Tech has improved
With the boom of tech in recent years, working remotely has become almost a norm in certain areas of industry.
Certain jobs require a person to be alone with his/her thoughts for large periods of time. This can be a nightmare when situated in an office with other people. Working from home eliminates distractions which effectively boosts performance.
Another added benefit is the availability of tracking software that makes sure your workers are holding up their end of the bargain.
Communication is a breeze
With the prevalence of new communication software like Discord, Skype, Google Hangouts and much more, setting up meetings with your remote staff has never been easier. This saves everyone’s time by simply setting up a short group call and going over important points instead of scheduling a meeting, waiting for everyone to show up, and generally losing time going over everything.
By messaging someone online, you are able to get an instant answer without dragging them away from their workstation, possibly stemming creative flow or making them lose their place. All in all, productivity skyrockets.
The idea of working from home is something we’d all like, let’s be honest. The benefits simply outweigh the drawbacks.
For one thing, working from home eliminates the need for a collared shirt or a tie except for specific situations. And, let’s face the real benefit, home is where the pants aren’t. This added comfort of working in more comfortable clothing in an already comfortable environment makes employees happier. They can eat while they work, take smoke breaks, the whole nine yards. This happiness directly translates into fewer raise inquiries and a more team-oriented staff.
The other major benefit of working from home is the luxury of having employees organize their own time. Instead of a manager breathing down their neck over an eight-hour period, they have the option to space out their work however they please, as long as they meet the set deadlines. This helps bring out the best in your staff and even boosts their efficiency. This caters both to people who like to work in phases and those who enjoy the old-fashioned crunch.
Less office space
Taking on home-based workers essentially turns their own homes into their office. This is huge for any employer looking to maintain upkeep costs down while letting his business grow. After all, office supplies are not cheap, let alone equipment and space.
Every square foot, every desk, every desktop counts; and with so many people working from home, all that equipment will find more use in storage. This allows business owners to funnel funds where it counts while maintaining, if not increasing their output.
Cut costs on training
Training periods are becoming a thing of the past. Hiring people outside the office provides us with a unique opportunity to only employ people with experience and who are specialized in that one specific thing we need. Gone are the days of keeping people on staff because they might be useful two to three times a month.
By preparing training materials early on, you can freely distribute them whenever you take on fresh faces, saving you the hassle of having to train each and every person individually for a short-term project.
The future is now
With technology creeping up on us from every side, connecting with people has never been easier. It allows us to do business with people in nearby cities and even on the other side of the globe. These people get the benefit of working from home while being offered a competitive salary while business owners get qualified professionals with reduced costs across the board.
With the costs of office space, materials, supplies and equipment, especially if you own a startup, all replaced with a stable internet connection, it really is a no-brainer.
DISCLAIMER: This article expresses my own ideas and opinions. Any information I have shared are from sources that I believe to be reliable and accurate. I did not receive any financial compensation in writing this post, nor do I own any shares in any company I’ve mentioned. I encourage any reader to do their own diligent research first before making any investment decisions.
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