GOING REMOTE: Why Having Remote Employees Is The Best Option For A Workforce

As the world reels from the devastating effect of COVID-19, we take a look at why the hiring of remote employees is the best workforce option for businesses and organizations during this pandemic and beyond it, and why the Philippines has one of, if not the best recruitment pools in the world.

There were some predictions that it would happen, but nobody predicted that it would happen soon enough. Sure, two former US Presidents (George W. Bush and Barack Obama) made some preparations in case a pandemic arrives, but no country, society, or company, was fully prepared for COVID-19. 

We’re seven months into the pandemic, and we have seen how devastating it has been for people from all walks of life, for the first world to the third-world countries and economies, and every level of society. Hundreds of thousands lost their lives, millions lost their jobs, and a significant number of businesses went bankrupt and closed. A majority of those that survived (except those who are in basic needs industries such as food and medical services) have shifted their entire employee population into the now-prevalent “Work From Home” (WFH) scheme. In contrast, others decided to hire remote employees for their operations.

The latter part is quite intriguing. Remote working and remote employees have been around for quite some time now, but they really haven’t been thoroughly explored—although they have been extensively reviewed and promoted. In an article dated January 24, 2020, Gallup trumpets the effectivity of working remotely by presenting their data study results. Other business websites, too, have stated the reasons why hiring remote employees is better than maintaining your present workforce, and here are a few accumulated reasons why:

  • Shifting a team, especially an entire workforce, to the WFH scheme will cost you a lot of money in equipment purchase, connection maintenance, and possibly training. 

Sure, international and deep-pocketed companies can do this at ease—especially if their line of work is related to IT. But what if your services don’t run along those lines? That’s a lot of shifting and transferring that you’ll be doing. You’d also have to pay for your employees’ Internet fees, and if some of them have no equipment to use, you’d have to pay for those too. In addition, some regular employees have little or no experience when it comes to using online tools for working, which would again slice a huge chunk on your company’s operational budget. There are indeed a lot of things to consider if you decide to push through with implementing a WFH scheme with your regular employees. It’s not the case with outsourcing to remote employees.

Onsite remote employees already have the office, the equipment, the software, the training, and everything needed to meet all your business concerns. All they need are the tasks that a prospective outsourcer wants them to accomplish, and the timetable required to achieve these.

  • You won’t have that tingling suspicion if your regular employees are really working at home or are just slacking off on the job because they can’t tell the difference. Onsite remote employees work regular hours even during this pandemic, so outsourcers wouldn’t feel that they are being cheated of the workload and the contract.
  • You save more in daily operational expenses when outsourcing to remote employees, rather than keeping a physical workforce for your company. Imagine the costs that pile up when you choose to maintain a physical workforce: real estate costs for your building (or rental costs for a rented office), office supply and furniture, janitorial and cleaning services, and electric and water fees. That’s a lot and could chomp almost half off your business operational fund, and sometimes on your profits. Outsourcing to remote employees removes the burden of having to worry over all these expenses. 
  • You don’t have to worry about your employees’ performance—because you’re outsourcing your business needs and services. No more stressful moments about employees being late, absent, or sick, because it’s the onsite outsourcing company’s problem to deal with. Plus, it reduces  “employee turnover,” which occurs when an employee has to be replaced. The remote companies will be responsible for finding a replacement or turning over the work to another remote employee.
  • You have wider access to global talent. There are people from other countries who are undoubtedly better at doing the tasks your regular employees are doing—so why not tap into that resource pool? An excellent example of great, dynamic talent is the Philippines’ remote employees, which we will be talking about in the next article.

There you have it! These are just some of the benefits of hiring remote employees, especially those who are onsite. You not only spare yourself a great deal of thinking on how to move your operations to meet the challenges of this pandemic, but you actually saved more money, which could be channeled to other areas of your business, such as product and service improvement. You’d better start thinking of outsourcing the work to remote employees—you know they’re there, and you know that they’ll do it.

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