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 ease in acquiring talented employees from all over the world.
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!
Remember the scene from Batman where Joker burns down a whole pile of cash? You can enjoy a very similar feeling.
03. I don’t like increased productivity
According to a recent survey, remote employees are more productive than the in-house team.
Feeling bad that you aren’t getting more time to have those fun, futile conversations with your team? Tired of seeing your employees pour their heart into their work and delivering the best results and that too at the expense of the precious fun time? It’s a blessing that the in-house team isn’t as productive all the time as the remote team. I mean they are productive no doubt, but they can always take some time out during important work to have some fun.
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 definitely, one to look forward to.
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, please!
Remote employees miss out on the fun journey; they work from home or a coworking space. Or a beach. They don’t get to turn up the music in their cars or contribute to the already clogged roads.
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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