Hiring a remote workforce is becoming increasingly common. In fact, a recent survey found that 16% of companies offer fully remote work and 62% of companies offer at least partially remote work. While hiring a remote staff may seem like a good decision for your business, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before diving in headfirst.
1) Remote work is hard to adapt to
Employees may experience feelings of imposter syndrome during their first few months of remote work. If they struggle with effective time management and self-starter skills, they may even procrastinate or postpone their duties. Despite the adjustments, 95% of people surveyed on remote teams said they prefer to stay remote instead of going back into the office.
2) Remote workers get lonely
Remote workers are prone to feeling lonely, especially if they don’t have a significant other or pet to keep them company. Long periods of alone time may even lead to depression and social anxiety. It’s smart for remote workers to take regular breaks and visit with friends. You might also want to consider implementing monthly Zoom calls or get-togethers to build a sense of connection and community.
3) Freelancers are grateful for remote work
Hiring a freelancer or a virtual assistant can save you money and increase production while keeping your full-time workforce satisfied. Plus, remote freelancers are grateful to have the work, especially during an economically challenging time where thousands of U.S. workers were laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, it’s a win-win situation!
4) Remote workers appreciate the lack of a commute
Workers with a long commute of 60 minutes or more are 33% more likely to suffer from depression and 40% more likely to have financial worries. No one likes commuting. Your workforce will thank you if the only commuting they have to do is from the bedroom to the home office.
5) Working with a remote team allows you to focus on running your business
Hiring a virtual assistant or a freelancer, allows you to focus on more important matters, like running your business. When you have talented professionals working on things like marketing or finance, you can build relationships with other business owners and expand your footprint. You might even collect some savings!
We hope you found this blog post helpful. For more information about how to utilize a remote staffing solution for your business, visit our website. Or give us a call at (443) 938-9148.