When it comes to remote work, the biggest benefits according to employees surveyed in Buffer’s 2020 State of Remote Work report are the ability to have a flexible schedule (32%), the ability to work from any location (26%), and the lack of a commute to and from the office (21%). For employers, there are numerous benefits to a remote work force, including higher retention and profitability rates. Based on statistical analysis from organizations like Buffer, Gallup, and Global Workplace Analytics the “remote work revolution” is here to stay. Below are the top 4 benefits of remote workers and how to find and hire them using a trusted Talent Acquisition Partner like AccruePartners.
- Expands the Candidate Pool
Traditionally, when hiring new talent companies were limited to a radius around one location if they did want to incur costly relocation benefits. The opportunities are endless with remote work and recruiters can expand their candidate pool and connect with top talent located across the nation. Not only does remote work increase the number of job opportunities available in the market, but it also gives employers the opportunity to find the most qualified candidate that will match their culture and team as the “right hire.”
- Maximizes Cost Savings
Organizations typically save an average of $11,000 per year for each remote employee. The bottom line is important and while employers can physically remove expenses like stationery supplies and desk purchases, they can also save in time expenses when working with a trusted Talent Acquisition Partner. Firms like AccruePartners, are experts in finding and matching top talent in collaboration with the hiring manager and decision-makers. Through an extensive screening process, the hiring manager will only be presented with qualified candidates to interview so that they can focus on essential business functions without worry about the hiring process.
- Improves Employee Retention
Finding, hiring, and training the right hire is expensive for employers. 95% of employers say that offering work remote benefits has a positive direct impact on reducing attrition of valued employees. With over 80% of employees wanting to work from home at least some of the time, and 76% stating that they would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options, it’s important to recognize and integrate strategies to attract and retain the top talent of your organization.
- Increases in Productivity and Ultimately Profitability
Happy employees are productive employees. Remote workers share that they are happier in their jobs 29% more than on-site workers due to a better work-life balance. With drastically reduced commute times, distractions, and stress levels, remote employees are 77% more productive and effective when working from home.
Hiring Remote Employees with AccruePartners
While we have only outlined 4 of our top benefits of hiring remote employees, the possibilities can be endless for your organization and employees. Our team at AccruePartners is experienced in searching and hiring remote talent and continue to refine our proven processes to be a partner with any organization looking to hire. Learn more about partnering with us and building the people, companies and careers that drive your organization forward together.
Managers believe that remote work will continue through 2021 and beyond. According to research presented in the Upwork Q4 Pulse Survey, over half of teams are working remotely at least part of the time and more than 2 in 5 of those teams are now fully remote. As remote work gets easier and more efficient, increased productivity and flexibility continue to be key benefits of remote work.
HOW MANAGERS CAN SUPPORT
Communicate Clear Expectations
Remote work becomes more efficient and satisfying for all parties involved when managers set expectations for their team. There should be clear, universal guidelines surrounding communication, project deadlines, and deliverables that are effectively transmitted to the entire team. Our AccruePartners’ consultants on assignment have regular quality checks with their recruiter and information is quickly conveyed to the client if needed to keep the flow of business steady and strong.
Establish Structured Check-ins
We suggest having daily one-on-one calls or team conference calls. This creates a regular and predictable schedule that can help structure your employee’s remote time. Daily check-ins keep accountability at the forefront of remote work. At AccruePartners, we go one step further have daily check-ins at the start and end of each day to stay connected and abreast of the changing needs of our clients together.
Provide Technology Options
Technology is intended to make our lives and communication channels when remote easier. Now is the time to utilize alternative methods of remote communication as email alone is insufficient. Video conferencing offers many benefits for remote workers as it feels more personal than written or audio-only communication and can combat feelings of isolation. Our team at AccruePartners utilizes video conferencing via Skype, FaceTime, and Microsoft Teams to communicate both internally and externally with our candidates and clients to help alleviate the bottleneck that traditional email communication can present. The integration of these resources enables us to have constant communication with our team to ensure business continues as usual, even from outside the office.
If your company doesn’t have technology tools already in place, consult with our organization’s IT department to ensure you are utilizing the most cost-effective ways to obtain video conferencing without jeopardizing your data security.
Offer Encouragement and Emotional Support
It is critical that managers offer acknowledgment, concern, and empathy for their potentially new remote workforce. Research shows that employees look to their managers for cues about how to react to sudden changes or crisis situations. Effective leaders must both acknowledge the tension employees may be feeling in difficult circumstances and provide positive affirmations simultaneously. When employees feel supported and included, they are more likely to take on the challenges that working remotely can pose with a sense of purpose, passion and focus to make a positive impact for the good of the organization.
The team at AccruePartners is ready & waiting to help your organization hire top qualified talent. Across our 6 lines of business, our industry experts are prepared to exceed your expectations as your talent solutions partner. Reach out to our team and let us tell you how we can support your organization by Building People, Companies & Careers together in 2021.