The Advantages and Disadvantages of employing remote workers

The Advantages of Employing Remote workers

Advantages of working from home
Hire the cream of the crop, globally

Hire the best Without geographical constraints you can pick the top employees in your field from anywhere in the world.

Increase market insight Capitalize on the experience of an international workforce, their market insight. Use their experience as an asset to put your business one step ahead of the competition.

Staying a step ahead in the marketplace  Covid-19 and resulting lock-down necessitated working from home. Millennials are entering the workforce, research shows 64% of Millennials would like to occasionally work from home, and 66% would like to shift their work hours. Remote working is the future, get in now.

Reduced company overheads . Employees can work from anywhere. Employees save time on commuting. You save overheads, office space, gas, electricity, refreshments, toilet tissue.

Support through Communication technology With the online management software and tools available, online time and attendance software, video conferencing will enable you to  have remote offices while maintaining control and office coherency.

Boosted productivity  Employees are more productive at home - FlexJobs’ annual survey found that 65% of respondents are more productive in their home office than in a traditional workplace

Effective Time management. Save time on commuting, without time/ money spent in traffic/ commuting/ parking they can stroll into their home office, fresh and stress free.  Happy workers are more productive workers

Keep your employees  By reducing commute time and employees working in their ideal work environment, the employees work-life balance will be improved, increasing moral and job satisfaction.  This can be a factor in retaining key employees.

Reach and work flexibility  Working from home can result in more flexible work hours for your employees, resulting in them being more reachable and responsive

Disadvantages of employing remote workers

Disadvantages of Employing Remote Workers
Unproductive, disconnected Employees

Suitability Remote working is not suitable for all job types nor for all personality types. Provide opportunities for those who can work from home to do so, this will result in reduced office space and resulting over heads for the employee that needs to work from the office.  GVW helpdesk will be able to assist you in streamlining your business for optimal efficiency, including screening of personality types flourishing in a work from home environment

Disconnected Employees - Employees may feel disconnected from the team. This can be circumvented by setting clearly defining measurable goals, communicating regularly and often, and encouraging peer-to-peer feedback within and among teams. Encourage chat time/ coffee breaks via communication platforms. GVW will be able to assist you with the software required.

Unproductive workers - just like in the office some employees will do the bare minimum. Just enough to get by. Via progress tracking tools, employees' productivity can be more accurately monitored than those working in the office. GVW help desk will be able to assist you with the software requirements.

Ineffective work environment - the employee may not have personal office space when working from home, distractions from family members, undue noise during online meetings. GVW will be able to assist you with lists of suitable noise cancelling headset to use, computer setup, secure software. GVW can assist you to enable your employee to work optimally.

Security - security of sensitive client data may be compromised through shared computers, unvetted co-inhabitants. GVW will assist you with setting up an external secure server for data storage and software to project your date.

Accountability Employees working in a different geometrical area may not fall under the definition of 'employees', forfeiting the legal rights and protection provided to employees and employers. The appropriate contract will ensure the 'employee' is held to account, offering contractual protection to the employer.