Remote working refers to working in an entirely different location from the actual office or workplace. Freelancers are another name for such remote workers.
Remote working, as a trend, is often the need of the hour today, and it can be beneficial for employers. It helps to reduce the cost of infrastructure, increases productivity, accelerates recruitment process, and develops accountability. It further makes operations scalable without diluting protocols.
Levels in Remote Working
There are many types of employees in a remote work process, such as hybrid employee, full time employee, temporary employee, and outsourced (contracted) employee. The working style of every remote employee varies depending upon the profile and kind of work offered by the organization.
Common Allegations Against Hiring Remote Workers:
A remote talent can be a candidate who has already worked with the company before, or is a new candidate in the process. Normally, initial choice is preferred by companies when remote work option is considered. Mostly, these are skilled candidates (depending on work requirements). Still, no matter what kind of remote talent you’re planning to hire, here are some of the most common allegations you’ll hear against hiring remotely:
Allegation: Remote Hires Produce Work of Low Quality
Work Quality is the most touted reason to avoid hiring remote taltent. For, the allegation is that you will not get quality work if you hire remote talent instead of a full-time one. The reason for this is often cited to be the flexible nature of such talent’s work locations, which can be distracting and cause chaos in an organizational structure.
Truth: Quality Depends on the Hire’s Skills, Not the Hire’s Work Location
Working remotely brings in flexibility for the worker, yes. And yes, there may be distractions. But the truth is that there will be distractions to contend with whether one works from home, or in an office, or elsewhere. Rather, quality of the work delivered depends more on whether the talent has the necessary resources and skills to complete the task: If he or she is adept with all the latest tools and technologies required for the job, and has the requisite skills, then delivering quality work won’t be a challenge for a remote worker. In fact, many remote workers choose this mode of work because they’ve already discovered that they are more productive having a flexible structure rather than a structured one. And many remote workers are highly skilled and with plenty of experience in managing and motivating themselves. Besides, a trial task or test before hiring a remote talent should put all doubts about a remote talent’s skills and abilities to rest.
Allegation: Work Confidentiality is at Risk with Remote Talent
As remote talent is often at a location the employers can’t access, the idea is that employers can’t easily coordinate or secure the work assigned to remote employees. Thus, confidentiality is at risk when a company has to send material to a remote employee in a different location.
Truth: Confidentiality is at No Higher Rate of Risk with Remote Employees
Regular employees are usually presented with a confidentiality report to sign before they are hired. And the same can be done for remote employees, thus making them legally accountable for such slips.
Plus, with the technology on hand today, then having the remote worker work on the project via a secure server with special login access should suffice. In fact, a number of companies have already successfully applied such cloud strategies. And even more companies simply make do with the remote worker signing a confidentiality agreement. And both face no more of a confidentiality risk with remote workers than they would with regular employees.
Allegation: Communication Channels are Tricky with Remote Workers
In an office, colleagues, teams, and departments are often in constant communication – whether that is via casual chit-chat, meetings, phone calls, intranet emails, or memos (etc.). However, this isn’t the case when dealing with remote hires. They have no established work schedule a lot of the time, and they’re sometimes not even the same country. Hence, communicating instant memos and messages, and discussing changes and various communications are very difficult and aggravating with remote employees.
Truth: Communication Technology Makes Communication of Any Sort a Breeze
The above allegation might have been true a couple of decades ago. But the truth is that, with the advent of the Internet and smartphone technology that has reached all over the globe, communicating with remote employees is as easy as pie. With smartphone apps, email, and video calls available via various online apps – many free and downloadable – it is extremely easy to keep communication channels open between you and your remote hire.
Even though there are a few challenges in managing a remote work setup, it is still a smart option. And the use of technology can ease the transition. Working with remote talent is the future of businesses because it reduces employee training costs and increases access to global talent. And the cherry on the cake is that employers feel more productive by adopting this strategic cost-effective approach.