How Employers Can Benefit from Having Remote Employees
The benefits of being a remote employee are obvious, but there are also employer benefits from having employees work remotely that aren’t as obvious but are very real. Companies can benefit from flexible and remote work options, just as much as employees benefit from them. Here are five employer benefits from having remote employees:
1. Cost Savings for Employers
The first and most important benefit with remote employees is the employer’s savings on costs. Whether an organization is virtual or hybrid, employers can save on:
- Utilities (water, electricity, Wi-Fi)
- Building maintenance
For example, utilizing less real estate saves on leasing costs. Also, many remote workers already have home office setups, which saves the employer the cost of providing things like desks and ergonomic chairs.
2. A Larger Candidate Pool
Another benefit is how remote positions lead to a larger vetted talent pool. Traditional office working arrangements limit the talent pool you can access. For example, you may find the perfect candidate for a job opening, but if they’re not within commuting distance to your office or willing to relocate, you’re out of luck.
By offering remote job opportunities, your candidate pool will expand drastically. Plus, it’s easier to find people with specialized skills in remote positions. Is your company looking for remote food and beverage professionals who can help your company navigate the way forward? View our Top Food and Beverage Talent.
3. Healthier Employees
In addition, remote workers have better mental and physical health than office-based workers due to reduced stress and increased flexibility. Employees are less likely to skip their preventative health care visits and medical visits when they have the freedom to work remotely. Plus, they avoid a shared space with coworkers where germs can spread easier. From an employer’s perspective, this can mean fewer employee absences and fewer missed workdays due to sickness or burnout.
4. Increased Productivity
Moreover, productivity is essential to the growth of an organization. Employees will use their time more productively working from home. According to Apollo Technical, on average, those who work from home spend 10 minutes less a day being unproductive, work one more day a week, and are 47% more productive. Remote workers can also avoid distractions like long coffee breaks with colleagues, workplace drama, or worrying about traffic on their commutes. Working remotely frees employees up to concentrate on their work.
5. Higher Employee Retention Rates
Lastly, a big challenge for business owners is employee retention. Maintaining performance and growing your business when dealing with frequent employee turnover is difficult. Providing flexibility for your employees is a crucial factor in retaining them.
Employees change jobs for many reasons. Flexible working arrangements can help accommodate life’s changes without also forcing people to add a change in job. Employees who can work from any place they choose giving them flexibility in their life are more likely to stick around.
Kinsa Group has been a trusted ally for the food and beverage industry for over 35 years and provides remote recruiting support daily across North America. Contact us today for more information on how we can work together to attract top talent – remote or onsite – to your company.
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