According to a 2015 Gallup poll, a whooping 37% of the labor workforce prefers working remotely, and that figure is just about to rise up in the next few years. However, there are already a lot of misconceptions and technically, lies, about the nature of the industry, how committed the remote staff are and does remote staffing really delivers.
In this article, we will clarify all these lies and speak the truth about remote work.
LIE: Remote Work Means Your Data Is Unsafe
TRUTH: Remote Work Uses Modern Safety Systems To Ensure Data Security
Many business owners and managers are of the belief that company information and data are transferred by unsecured servers, resulting in confidentiality breaches. This is, however, untrue because remote staffing companies use modern technologies, in addition to qualified IT teams, ensuring that your data is safe and that your confidentiality is respected.
LIE: Communication Suffers
TRUTH: Communication is key.
Communication does not suffer under remote working, contrary to popular belief, it is actually the key component to building and maintaining a successful working relationship between an employer and an employee regardless of distance from one another. Should one opt to work remotely, a great start for this would be asking the managers to outline clear expectations and tools for communication.
A growing trend among remote companies is providing various digital means of socialization. Allotting intentional blocks of time in the day for casual talk “Breakroom Talk” through Video Calls, Off-site Meetups, and Non-Work related channels (Channels regarding Pets, Kids, and Sports have proven to be quite popular). These aforementioned methods are all ways for remote teams to foster communication and to feel connected.
LIE: Remote Work Increases Costs
TRUTH: Remote Work is a Cost-Effective Way of Hiring Quality Professionals
The most evident way a company will save money will be through real estate. In an article on Sqwiggle.com, it is shown that “…a study sponsored by collaboration software company PGi shows that by switching to telecommuting full time, a business could save $10,000 per employee per year in real estate costs.” Should the $10,000 be spread through a 20+ person team, it would accrue a large sum of spending money.
Other overhead costs which are associated with having employees on-location, line items such as office supplies and furniture, janitorial services, and electricity, are effectively reduced. Lastly allowing employees to work from home would reduce the amount of calls from employees reporting sick or reporting their inability to travel due to inclement weather. These unscheduled absences can cost a business up to $1,800 per employee, per year, according to Global Workplace Analytics.
LIE: Company Culture Suffers
TRUTH: Remote Working Fosters Camaraderie
An argument could be made that office camaraderie is not the same when chunks of the team work off-site. But great companies are not made by water cooler gossip–which actually has the potential to make company culture suffer–but by the way employees are treated and the value they are shown. Adjustments to Communication Strategies can greatly improve this issue.
A conscious effort must be made on the part of the managers to show each team member the value that is placed on them, should they not be available for a daily chat. This has, however, not been seen to ruin positive cultures.
LIE: Remote Workers Are Working 24/7
TRUTH: Remote Workers Know The Value of Work-Life Balance
Simply because one does not physically arrive and leave an office each day does not mean they never clock out, on the contrary, remote workers keep similar schedules as their office counterparts, and the same expectations of work-life balance should be placed upon them.
Conversely, for friends of remote workers, working from home–or away from an office– is not justification to have that person become the go-to should they want an early happy hour drink or a last minute airport ride. There is still work which needs to be done, and deadlines to be met.
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