Remote Employees or Not – that is the Question

Many industries across the work-world spectrum maintain at least part of their workforce offsite. Businesses that commonly have remote work available include:

Finance  –  Insurance  –  Real Estate  –  Travel  –  Media  –  IT  –  Technical Support  –  Transportation

Traveling Healthcare  –  Medical Records  –  Education  –  Customer Service  –  Virtual Assistant

For some jobs, all that is needed is a computer and a reliable internet connection. Other positions require an undergraduate or advanced degree.

Continuing cries from a growing number of prospective and current employees to make more remote opportunities available are encouraging some employers to re-evaluate their current status. While this can be a wise business decision, there are many things to consider, such as:

  • Technical training for employees who will operate remote equipment.
  • Clarification on which equipment/tools/software the company will supply and which the employee will provide.
  • Standards for quality and amount of work expected.
  • Accountability guidelines.
  • Appropriate timetables.
  • Managerial training for directing remote staff.
  • Position status – fully remote or split between on and offsite.

Taking on remote employees can be as simple as allowing occasional work location flexibility or as extensive as creating fulltime off-site positions. There are many factors to consider from the industry you serve and the size of your company to the location of talent you want to attract and more.

Before you say no to remote workers, consider this – Industry experts cite that remote staff saves money. Studies project that it costs about $10,000 yearly – in addition to salary – for every employee who works on site. If your remote worker is 1099 rather than a W2, the savings are even more significant. Furthermore, the war for talent is going strong – offering flexible work location might be the ammunition you need.

Finally, remote jobs are not just for Millennials. Industry experts cite that the average remote worker is in their late 40s and earns nearly $60,000 per year. Recent studies also suggest productivity is not in danger of declining with remote staff. Several studies found that more than 50% of remote workers work more than 40 hours per week.

Whichever route you choose, the talent solutions that work start with Springborn Staffing. We are your Maine source for top talent. From temporary staffing services to professional searches, we find solutions. Our recruiters are certified, and our services are guaranteed. Contact us today.

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