Pros And Cons of Hiring Remotely
Market is slowly shifting into remote hiring, even some of the biggest IT companies such as Google or Twitter are allowing their employees to work remotely. A lot of IT specialists and developers are happy and willing to work from their homes or different locations. As this trend continues, business owners are trying to make a decision if going remote would help their companies. As a remote company from the start we decided to analyse pros and cons of hiring remotely to help you with your decision.
- Expanding the talent pool — you won’t be limited to your city or even country, you can have access to remote developers from all over the world and hire those who best suit your needs to grow your business, contribute to the technology you’re creating and share your values. The uniqueness of skilled people you might meet is endless.
- Diversity—you will hire people with different backgrounds, from different cultures and diverse experience, which allows them to come up with a new and great solution for your business. It has been proven that diversity at work boosts innovation. Your company may benefit from creativity remote workers bring to the table.
- Lower office costs — your employees will be located all over the world, they won’t pop by the office often, or maybe even never. It lowers the cost of perks and renting office space. It allows the company to make a small contribution to help remote workers set up their home offices and save money.
- Keeps employees — people who work remotely are less likely to quit their job. The turnover among remote workers is about 6% when all others reach even 10%. One of the biggest costs for every company is the departure of employees and the need to hire and onboard new people in their place.
- Trust and Flexibility — remote workers feel more trusted at work, which makes them better employees, better colleges and more focused on the job they’re doing. No more micromanagement, set the priorities for your company and watch the engaged teammates do their magic. They thrive on their contribution to your business and help it flourish as their own.
- Culture challenges – if your company wasn’t remote before and your team isn’t familiar with remote work, you might have some challenges in the transformation process. It might be easier for them to bond and build relationships when they see each other often in the office.
What may help? Schedule regular meetings in bigger and smaller teams, create space on your communicator (like Slack) or in social media to give them space to talk about not work related things and share their interest. Encourage them to use their pictures as avatars so everyone can pin a face to a name.
- Management mindset – if you’re used to managing a team of onsite employees, you may find managing a remote team challenging. You may be scared that your workers will take advantage of the flexibility and not execute their responsibilities.
What may help? Let the results speak for themselves. Schedule check-ins and status meetings to connect with the team, ask them about progress, challenges and blockers they might have. Be present so they feel like your virtual door is always open. Setting cloud services and secure file sharing will help you keep track of everything going on and stay transparent about the job already done.
From our perspective hiring remotely has definitely more pros than cons, and with the will and good management cons are just truly some challenges that can be overcome. Making the right decision for your business may take time, read a lot, educate yourself on the topic, and when you’re ready to start hiring top talent remotely – book a demo with us and find out how!