Let’s Talk About Remote Employees – Pros And Cons for Employers
Published On: 05/10/2015
In the past, working from home was only an idea that most people could only day dream about, especially for office workers who were tied to their computers in their brick and mortar office environments. Which meant, most of the tasks that these workers performed could not be done from home. Today, due to all of the new technological advancements and the Internet, a remote work environment that facilitates this kind of work has already been created. However, some employers have yet to adopt this new work environment since they may have reservations about people working from home instead of the traditional office setting.
This said, for employers who are trying to make a decision, here are some pros and cons that can assist with making an informed choice.
Employers can Recruit the top talent in the Industry
The battle to recruit the best of the best in today’s global work environment may not be as easy as some people may think. With the top companies in many industries offering better salaries, benefits and other incentives, the best employees will go to those companies that can provide the most attractive offers.
Because the top talent in many industries can usually name their price, the company must offer a comprehensive recruitment plan that will beat out their competitors. So, for those companies who have not moved into the new era of remote employees, they may find themselves lagging behind their competition as a result. This is because the most coveted employees are looking for the money and the flexibility that they need to take care of their professional careers as well as their personal lives.
Employers can accommodate the New Culture Using the Latest Technologies
Mobility is the new culture since people can do so much more while they are on the go. From paying bills on their mobile phones to responding to a boss while in traffic, all of this mobility is here to stay. Which means, the new culture and the latest technologies are available to facilitate the infrastructure that’s needed to communicate to both internal and external customers. For example, it’s not uncommon for small and large businesses to conduct business overseas. Because of the time differences, people need to be available 24/7 in order to service people in other geographical locations.
To make sure an operation like this runs successfully, the services must be provided in a manner that will not be too costly to the company’s budget. Therefore, for those who want to save money, they can set up an operation that allows people to work remotely instead of working odd hours in the office. Thereby, saving the company money in keeping the lights on 24/7 and paying a whole staff of employees to service internationally based customers onsite.
Employers do not want Employees working in a vacuum
As with any new operation, there are always cons to working remotely too. Some of the more common that some managers are concerned about involves employees working in a vacuum. Therefore, they will not get the feedback needed to implement the most innovative ideas.
Employers are afraid of Peer to Peer Interaction Suffering
Another concern for many managers today is ensuring peer to peer relationships do not suffer within these new work environments. Which means, building a cohesive team is not always easy when people are traveling in and out. Therefore, team building initiatives may or may not be used effectively or they may not work at all.
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