Hiring employees – especially, key members of your team – without meeting face to face can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Since AVirtual’s inception, we’ve helped hundreds of companies and individuals to successfully hire remote employees and teams who are not just talented, but also the perfect fit for the company’s existing culture.

Now, due to the global crisis, more and more businesses are having to adapt their working environments and consider future structures. It’s a difficult time, but it can also provide the opportunity to rethink the fundamentals of your business. Are you as productive as you could be? Are you wasting money on unnecessary expenses? Are you looking to grow at a faster rate? Here’s how hiring a remote workforce could transform your business.

  1. Reduced costs

One of the biggest advantages of hiring remote employees is the huge reduction of costs. Think about it like this: if your whole team worked remotely, you’d no longer need to pay office rental or maintenance, buy computers, printers, scanners, stationary, WiFi, coffee, biscuits, the list goes on. Plus, unlike in-house employees who are hired on a salary (which is dependent on the role, their experience and your geographical location), remote employees usually only charge for the time they actually work, meaning that you could hire top-tier talent for a fraction of the cost.

  1. Increased productivity

An overwhelming number of studies prove that remote workers are typically more productive than in-house employees. This is due to a number of reasons such as no commute, less distractions from coworkers, flexible working schedules and reduced absenteeism. But realistically, productivity can be difficult to measure especially when quantity doesn’t always equate to quality. What we’ve learned over the years is that the productivity of a remote workforce is highly dependent on effective integration into your business’s existing team alongside well-established working processes. For example, you can’t expect a remote employee to work effectively if they’re unable to gain access to information or feedback. Whether you’re working remotely or managing a virtual team, communication is essential, which is why we help all of our clients to integrate tried and tested working strategies, and provide tips for the best tech to ease the process.

  1. Access to a wider talent pool

When you hire in-house, your talent pool tends to be limited by geographical location. Most applicants will be professionals who live in the same city as your office, but when you are hiring remote workers, you can attract talent from across the globe. This is beneficial in terms of expertise, and cost, but also working hours and cultural diversity. A well-run international team can bring in new perspectives and can accomplish time-sensitive tasks on a 24/7 basis, helping you get things done at all hours. It has also been proven that remote working opportunities are increasingly sought-after by younger generations of professionals who are prioritising flexibility, well-being and job satisfaction. AfterCollege conducted a survey that found 68% of millennials would be more inclined to favor a prospective company if remote work was an option.

  1. Happier, more dedicated employees

Remote employees benefit from a greater sense of freedom and autonomy than in-house employees. A remote employee can choose where, how and when they work, allowing them to adapt their schedule around their families and personal lives. It has also been proven that workplace stress is vastly reduced with 82% of remote workers reporting lower stress levels. These are all factors contributing to an employee’s happiness and health, which as a result,  can have positive impacts on the productivity and success of your business.

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