With the advancements that have been made in the workplace and technology, and a rising culture of remote working, many companies are choosing to have teams made up entirely of a remote workforce. There are obvious advantages to hiring a remote workforce, including cutting costs and getting access to a larger talent pool. However, there are some drawbacks that companies should take into consideration.
Change only Space, Not the Time
When working in an office, people can leave the office and their work behind for the night and come back to it in the morning. This is quite different from people who are part of a remote workforce. Many of the people who are in this category feel like they never leave work and that they have to always be online in case something comes up. This leads to fatigue, frustration, decreased productivity, and burnout. To ensure this is not the case, companies that hire remotely should consider having a strict schedule for their employees. Once the office hours are done, they should be disconnected from all work networks and only allowed to connect again the following day.
Find those Who can Adapt to Remote-working
Remote hiring does give access to a larger talent pool but it is quite challenging to find employees who work well in remote settings. In the office, work structures such as working hours and days are set by the company. In remote working, the employee has to set their own hours and know when to disconnect from work. A good way to find the right candidates is to give them an assignment or a trial period to see how they perform working remotely.
Listen to the Workforce
Remote employees can sometimes feel they are not part of the team because when fellow employees talk to them, it is all about work. These employees need to be understood and heard if they have something to say. When communication with a remote employee is only limited to their job, it is harder for them to say exactly what they think about the job they are doing.