Benefits of hiring a remote employee
Hiring a remote worker may seem like an odd choice at first compared to the tried and true routine of hiring local staff. But hiring a telecommuter or enabling existing employees to work from home or outside the office has many benefits. All it takes to claim these benefits is to enable your business web and allow your remote employees to log in at regular intervals.
Best of all, you don’t need to run your entire business online to take advantage of the benefits of remote workers.
Some of the benefits of hiring remote workers include:
REDUCED PAPER WASTE
The first obvious benefit is the reduction of paper waste, as most correspondence is sent by digital means. Reducing paper waste not only helps increase the efficiency of document organization, but also helps save money.
The absence of any physical files means that document transmission is instantaneous and requires no postage or printing costs. This is proven by the fact that most people have smartphones that give them instant access to emails.
Reducing paper waste also benefits the environment. Switching to paper helps reduce the amount of trees that need to be cut down and processed to make paper, in addition to reducing energy use, businesses will use less energy when various printers, fax machines and copiers are inactive.
The money that will be spent on real estate and the subsequent utility bills such as water, electricity and maintenance will be greatly reduced. If employees work from home or outside the office, it will dramatically reduce the number of unplanned absences due to illness or bad weather.
Businesses aren’t alone in saving money, with petrol and subsequently public transport prices rising, getting to and from work is getting more expensive. In a survey conducted by ConnectSolutions, the average remote worker said they saved approximately $4,600 per year by working from home.
THE STRESS OF TRAVEL IS ELIMINATED
Not only will businesses benefit from remote workers, but workers themselves will also benefit from working from home. A study conducted in Sweden found that a commute that was longer than 45 minutes for just one partner in a marriage made the couple 40% more likely to divorce.
It also opens doors for potentially great employees who find themselves too far away to commute or live in another country. This works especially well if you want top-notch talent but the budgets won’t quite cover it, then you may be able to find an overseas employee with exactly what you’re looking for who is willing to work at a lower cost.
Not only would your business’s bottom line improve, but so would your employees’ happiness. Happier employees are more productive, save time and get more done with the extra time.
REDUCED WORK TURNOVER
Estimates show that replacing an employee making $50,000 a year will cost your business 20% of their salary. Jobs that require a high level of training and education will have significantly increased turnover costs. Thus, many companies use telecommuting as a bonus to retain their best talent.
Losing an employee usually disrupts productivity, according to the Reference for Business website. Once a replacement employee is hired, it will take weeks or possibly months of training before they can produce at the former employee’s level. These time and performance setbacks can be avoided by retaining the more experienced employee.
When you consider that 95% of employers say telecommuting has a big impact on employee retention, it’s no surprise that two-thirds of employees would migrate to another job to make their commute easier, modernizing an old company or starting a new one with telecommuting in mind is definitely a step in the right direction for both the company and the employee.
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