By Chris Hillman, Recruiting Professional
The ‘new normal’ is still evolving as the country continues to adjust to COVID. One of the areas of changes are how businesses continue to be productive and remain safe. With over 40% of employees working from home since COVID ran everyone instead, organizations have had to adjust quickly to managing remote workforces. Now that companies have figured out to operate with zoom meetings and loads of laundry between meetings, they are starting to understand the benefits. Some of these benefits include:
• Improved Productivity – Not only have employees figured out how to optimize their time to get more done in less time, they are usually willing to give a little more. In fact, on study found that 53% of remote employees are willing to work overtime than employees who work from an office.
• Increased Savings – Savings come into place on two fronts: savings for employees and savings for the company. Inc. Magazine found that remote employees save between $2,000 and $7,000 a month of reduced costs (transportation, childcare, food and clothes) over employees who work from the office. For companies, they can cut costs associated to real estate, janitorial, electricity, office furniture and more.
• Talent Pool – Typically, organizations are limited by geography and have to find talent within a reasonable reach of their headquarters or office. If they search outside of those parameters, they have to consider factors such as re-location packages to qualified candidates that they want to move closer. With a remote workforce, those limitations go away. Now, organizations have the opportunity to search anywhere to find the right talent which opens possibilities without any geographical confines.
One year ago, the thought of having a remote work force wasn’t a plausible solution for the majority of organizations. However, if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that anything is possible. Thinking of the pros of having remote employees allow for more productive work, less overhead costs and the opportunity to bring in top talent from anywhere.
What benefits have you experienced with remote employees?
For additional information, please email Chris Hillman or call (815) 261-4403 x 100