Everybody in an organization wants for their business to grow as fast as possible. Many must be thinking about adding a few more skilled employees to their arsenal, and the idea that must be popping up in your mind is “Should we go for hiring Remote Employees,?”. Let’s explore the pros and cons of this decision.
“Isn’t hiring someone local more convenient?”. There is an advantage to meeting a person face to face, wandering around their desks and checking in on what they are doing and how much of the work they have actually completed. Catching up with them on coffee breaks and water cooler talks, engaging in interesting (sometimes futile) conversation. You can’t do any of that fun stuff with a remote team, can you?
Well, you must have read a lot of blogs telling you all about why you should hire a remote employee, let me tell you why you shouldn’t.
01. I would rather hire from a small local pool of talent
The Internet has led to the rise in remote workers becoming integral parts of organizations. The ease of communication and various collaboration tools have further led to
But why to look for someone who is physically distant when you can hire someone who you can meet with every day?
Granted, this local person might not be as skilled as the remote employee, but at least you have the benefit of being around him, checking in on him whenever you want, addressing and solving the issues he might be facing.
To do all this with your remote team, you’ll have to have access to a simple collaboration tool, a communication channel
02. I hate having extra money to reinvest into my business
Yes, it’s true, hiring a remote employee can save you a lot of money.
You don’t have to worry about the employee’s desk, computer or any other thing that is needed to work efficiently: remote employees take care of themselves.
But if you hire a local employee, you have the chance to go furniture shopping, buying a brand new, high tech computer sounds so fun, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on that, would you? And if you build a team big enough that it can’t possibly fit in your current workplace, you have the option of finding a new and bigger place
03. I don’t like increased productivity
According to a recent survey, remote employees are more productive than the in-house team.
You know what happens when employees become more productive right? Goodbye timepass!
04. I prefer a higher turnover rate
If you treat your remote employees right, they are the most loyal employees you will ever come around, which reduces your employee turnover rate. But do you really want to be stuck with the same old faces for the rest of your life? Hiring new employees is a good thing, meeting new employees, introducing them to your company culture, training them, and teaching them new skills is such a great activity to bond, and
05. I don’t care about global warming
Who doesn’t enjoy a long commute? Bring on the one hour journey to my office in heavy traffic, turning up the music as loud as I can (to drown the honks), burning up gas, and causing pollution. More of that
06. I don’t mind employees taking unexpected vacations and sick days
Remote employees tend to take fewer leaves of absences than the in-house team. Sounds boring right? Being available all the time to work, delivering projects before their deadline, being productive and proactive.
The real fun is in taking a vacation, turning off all modes of communication with your office, and just lying on the beach sipping on a pina colada. We can always get back to work after a good time spent away from it.
I wonder how digital nomads manage to work and travel all at the same time; I find it dreadful to even look at my laptop while I’m on vacation. Who cares about work, right? We’ll be at the office after a couple of days doing the same thing.
Well, I’ve run out of sarcasm, and I hope I have given you enough reasons to start 2019 with remote hiring. What I described above sounds like a complete disaster.
That’s because remote work is the future of work. You already know all the benefits of having a remote team, such as increased productivity, reduced turnover, reduced leaves of absence, etc. But if you’re still unsure, then you can start with one engagement first, and then keep building more efficiency than an in-house team.
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