Hiring Tech Talent? Seven Benefits of Offering a Remote Working Opportunity
From 2005 to 2012 the remote workforce grew by almost 80% according to a report from Global Workplace Analytics. The technology space has been at the forefront of this move with companies like IBM, Amazon, and SAP embracing remote working opportunities for their people. Some companies like WordPress are even using a 100% remote workforce. Although it may look like employees reap the most rewards from working remotely, there are actually significant benefits to employers who dive into this growing talent pool. Here are seven of them:
Access to Top Talent
More of the top technology candidates are requiring remote work as a condition of employment. Taking the option off the table can prevent you from attracting key people with the qualifications your organization needs. Making it worse, the top candidates you miss out on may be headed to your competitors who are offering a remote position.
Global Workplace Analytics calculates businesses can save up to $11K annually in overhead and office space by allowing staff to work remotely. You may also be able to land the candidates you want at a lower salary because of their savings in gas, tolls, car maintenance, and public transportation costs.
Enhanced Company Attractiveness
If you’re not a cool, sexy startup, you can make your organization more attractive by offering the work-from-home option. The remote opportunity also negates any location disadvantages you might have if you’re situated in a congested big city with a tough commute and challenging or expensive parking, or in an isolated, out-of-the-way area.
One of the concerns managers have is reduced productivity because of a perceived lack of control over remote workers. In fact, the opposite might be true. Tech staff working from home avoid the usual office distractions and are often better able to focus on their tasks. Remote workers also tend to tackle work challenges at all hours, often getting the job done faster than if they were commuting to an office.
Happy workers are more productive as well and the benefits of working from home can significantly improve employee morale. Better home/work balance, reduced hassles from commuting, and less stress from the need to be in the office at a certain time all contribute to making employees more satisfied.
Improved Collaboration Tools
The growth of cloud-based technology provides the essential tools to better support a remote workforce. Google Hangouts for meetings, Skype for communication, and Dropbox for document sharing are some examples of free or low cost tools available to those working from home. The digital explosion has enabled many organizations to establish “hives” – teams of employees working in different locations who leverage pooled resources. Using cloud solutions, team members can access shared data simplifying collaboration and enhancing productivity.
Working closely with a recruiting organization can help minimize the risk of hiring remote staff. Since your recruiter handles these assignments all the time, he or she can guide you through the process and ensure you get the right person for the job. Should it not work out, your recruiter can handle separations or unemployment issues, while working to find a suitable replacement.
The trend toward remote employment continues to gain traction. In order to compete for the best talent to build your organization, it’s in your best interest to explore the remote option for your technology position openings.
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