It’s an open secret that the ability to work from home has been very beneficial to many private individuals. However, hiring employees who can work remotely has also been beneficial to companies and institutions that have been able to do so.
Here are some of the benefits accrued by businesses that have been able to make this bold decision of turning from conducting their business in the same old traditional fashion.
Since the employer does not have to provide office supplies when using remote workers, office furniture, equipment, and the need for a huge office space is eliminated. This results in a drastic reduction in the overhead expenditure that is incurred by the employer.
Incase an employee has to telecommunicate, most employees use their personal telephone and internet lines to do this hence reducing the communication costs for the business. There is also a huge reduction in electricity bills as well as other necessities like snacks and coffee.
Due to the independence that comes with working from home, employees have fewer interruptions, feel more autonomous and have a bigger sense of responsibility making them focus more and hence become more productive in their jobs. This leads to an increase in the business output.
Since work from home employees have a more flexible schedule and are bound to feel more individually responsible for their contribution to the business, it improves the general morale of the employees leading to increased productivity and better quality of services provided. Furthermore, since the services provided by an employee are assessed individually, the employees are bound to provide better quality services than those in an office setting since they know they will be individually responsible for their work.
Flexibility in the schedules of work for remote employees and the other advantages that comes with working from home leads to greater job satisfaction for many employees. This greatly reduces employee turnover which is a big problem for many businesses.
Having long term employees who are committed to the business and who have a sense of belonging and responsibility usually leads to better productivity from the employees. This also reduces the amount of time and money required to advertise, interview, hire, induct and also train new employees to fill up vacant positions.
Most of the communication between employers and their employees is done electronically through video conferences, phone, email and social media. This has amazing effect on the environment since there are reduced automobile emissions, stationary waste and noise pollution.
Since work-from home remote employees do not have to be physically present in the office, it is now possible to hire the best brains regardless of the country of origin and other physical hindrances that has been a deterrent to this kind of arrangements in the past.
Acquiring work permits for expatriates in most countries and the huge upkeep bill have been a big hindrance for businesses who desire to hire individuals with specific skills. Work from home programs have reduced this expenses drastically since the need for movement has been reduced.