Telecommuting is defined as The practice of working from home for a business and communicating through the use of a personal computer equipped with modem and communications software . An alternative workplace strategy such as remote work or “teleworking/telecommuting” can be beneficial to a business for a number of reasons:
It reduces overhead expenses of the organization, allowing the option for the funds spent on overhead costs to be spent elsewhere, offers the flexibility of remote work, can produce an increase in productivity, as this gives employees the option to work in a stress free, concentrative work environment. Less distractions means that employees are able to focus on completing tasks within a timely manner. For parents and care givers, it gives the employees the flexibility to maintain that work life balance in which many desire without compromising either priority. It’s a “win-win” situation for both the employer and employee. Employers are able to reta
in employee retention which is costly to the organization. “ 95% of employers say telework has a high impact on employee retention”. globalworkplaceanalytics.com
Suppose that you’re looking for a Software developer for your company however your potential candidate lives in Thailand? His credentials, experience and resume are awesome! Based on the interview he’s intelligent, outgoing, his personality fits the culture of your company, you can tell he’s hard-working and would be a great addition to the team however, he lives in another country. Will you pass up the opportunity to add talent to your team just because someone lives outside of the country or even outside of the State?
With the advancement in technology, an overseas or out of state employee who works remote might be a great asset to your team. This arrangement is doable in fact, if done right, it can be successful. First, set the expectations upfront in regards to tasks, turn-around times, priorities, and most importantly: keep all lines of communication open. Incorporate a best practice function for keeping the lines of communication open, so that you’re always in contact with the employee. There are a multitude of services that will allow you to do so such as Skype, Google+, Chat, telephone and email. The main objective here is to consider remote work for hiring and retaining talent.
Shavaughn Baker, CEO
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