Why do we hire remote employees?
Posted November 20, 2018 05:37:16The idea of remote work may seem like an obvious one, but according to new research, it’s actually quite a common way of making money for businesses.
In fact, the number of people doing remote work has more than doubled since the early 2000s.
While some of the reasons for the increase may be a result of technology, more and more people are choosing to do it because they believe it’s a better way to keep track of the team, the study said.
The survey of more than 2,500 employers in the US and UK found that more than half (55 per cent) of respondents reported having employed remote employees, compared with just 12 per cent in 2009.
“This is definitely a good trend, but it’s not just a trend for employers.
Remote work is a popular and accepted way of doing work, and the number is expected to continue to rise,” said Chris Johnson, research director at consultancy Wipro.
Mr Johnson said the trend could make for a better-paid work environment for employees, with employees who were paid more likely to take on more tasks.
But how is it done?
There are plenty of ways remote work can be done, from hiring a remote employee to working from home, he said.
The majority of companies do hire people from remote locations, but some organisations also allow employees to work from home to help improve productivity.
The report, based on interviews with 2,700 people across a variety of industries, found that remote workers are a popular way of retaining staff.
They tend to work in remote environments and are often paid more than those who are directly employed, the report found.
Among the reasons they would choose to work remotely were to: The remote work experience allows them to do more of their jobs remotely; They work from their home location; The cost of running their business can be more manageable and efficient; Work from home allows them greater flexibility and more time to concentrate on their work.
The number of remote employees also increased by 23 per cent between 2009 and 2019.
Employers are not the only ones that are embracing the idea of using remote work.
A survey by the World Economic Forum showed that the number working remotely had doubled in the past five years, with more than four out of five people now working remotely.
However, a survey conducted by IT professional and entrepreneur Mark Cianfrance found that nearly half of his clients did not want to work anywhere other than home.
His advice is to stay in touch with the company where you are working, and ensure you get the support and equipment you need.
If you do decide to work elsewhere, the survey found that most of the time it is because the company is struggling financially.
“There’s no doubt that working remotely is good for your business and you’ll get more out of it than you will from doing something like this,” Mr Cianferri said.
“But if you don’t like it, leave.”
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