Many companies haven’t given much thought to remote work or outsourcing remote talent for many reasons, and perhaps they have misconceptions about the concept. You’ve been toying with the idea in your mind, but you may not feel ready to do it yet. Maybe you think that this is not the right option for your company, maybe you can’t track their work, maybe they won’t be productive. These are some of the most common concerns that people have about hiring people remotely for work.
We will explain you why you should consider remote working arrangements in the points below.
- You will reduce your expenses
Now who doesn’t love to save money? With no office space to pay for and no equipment to supply, hiring people remotely will save you a huge amount of money in the long term. Many resist because having an office full of busy people is a point of pride for many businesses but the truth is, once you get rid of those expenses, you have room to grow and use that money in better ways for your business. Additionally, if you take advantage of hiring talent in lower-cost locations like Latin America, you can save even more.
- Productivity increase
One of the biggest misconceptions is to think that if your staff are not under supervision that they won’t work or be as productive as you would like. However, it is important to remember that just because a person is sitting in a cubicle where you can see them doesn’t mean they are being productive. Remote workers face distractions as well, but if set up properly with the right expectations, goals and tools, these working arrangements can allow workers to focus more on results than on hours spent at a desk, and this is better for everyone.
- Workers value autonomy
Sitting all day in a cubicle, seeing the same walls day after day, and expecting to be productive and happy seems kind of impossible, doesn’t it? Yet this is what most employers expect, and is the reality for most workforce environments today.
No wonder people are eagerly seeking holidays and sick days. Most workers value autonomy and want a sense of ownership over their work, and this is exactly what you can give them with a remote opportunity. In fact, you may be surprised by how well people react when they are given the freedom to work on their own terms and at the times when they are most productive. You hired professionals because of their skills not because of their ability to stay for long periods in a single room and relying on them to be responsible professionals gives you the chance to better manage your own time whilst at the same time giving your staff the same opportunity. You show that you trust your staff and they will be grateful for that.
- Alternatives to Face-to-Face communications
For most of human history, if you wanted to talk to someone you had one option – face-to-face. The ancient world developed mail systems that provided the first opportunities to communicate over distance, yet there wasn’t much innovation until the invention of the telegraph in the 1830s. Nowadays, however, it has never been easier to communicate online or via modern technology: there are the classic emails, that we can now receive on our mobile devices in real time wherever we are in the world, Facebook messages, texts, Twitter messages, Whatsapp, Skype, and many more online communication tools, including those designed specifically for for remote meetings like GoToMeeting and Cisco Webex. Gone are the days where the only option for having meetings is in the office conference room with everyone around the table.
What this all adds up to is the ability to communicate with a remote team through multiple channels, including by video conferencing which can give the same personal feel as face-to-face meetings and chats. Because, let’s face it, despite the fact that face-to-face communications get sidetracked by chit chat and interruptions and in-person meetings are notoriously inefficient, there is still a place for visual cues in our communications.
However, In a remote working environment, much can be accomplished in asynchronous communication channels like discussion boards, chats and wikis. Because of this, time together in virtual meetings can be highly focused on decisions to be made and actions to move things forward and in this way can be more efficient and productive than face-to-face meetings/communication.
- Work doesn’t always happen at work
Offices can be a big hindrance when you’re trying to get in the zone and not be interrupted by meetings and co-workers passing by, not to mention Facebook and all the sites we know distract us. According to a recent study, workers claim that they spend about 45% of the time at the office actually working.
Since you can’t always be monitoring your staff – and doing so wouldn’t necessarily be good or productive if you could – another option is to take advantage of the many platforms to set tasks, deadlines and work as a team anywhere that are very efficient and proven to work successfully for global businesses with dispersed teams.
Give it a try and why not get in contact with us to let us know what kind of staff you would like to outsource. We have a track record of successfully placing the best staff available to you and are here to help you through the process of hiring remote staff.