Why Remote Work Employees are Getting Better

In recent years, the movement towards remote work has skyrocketed in the U.S. So much so that as of 2023, 12.7% of full-time employees work remotely while nearly 30% work a hybrid model of in-office and work-from-home schedules. That number is only expected to grow, with a predicted 22% of workers expected to join the remote workforce by 2025.

Why are so many companies embracing a work-from-home strategy? It’s easy to understand once you consider all the benefits that a remote workforce can offer, particularly for companies looking to expand their available talent pool by hiring offshore candidates.

In this blog post, we explore some of the key benefits to remote employees and how they have become better equipped to handle the demands of today’s work environments. We’ll cover:

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The Flexibility Factor

The demand for flexibility in the workplace — especially since the pandemic — has steadily increased, and for good reason. A traditional 9-to-5 work schedule isn’t always conducive to a more productive team. In fact, many would argue that a 9-to-5 work model doesn’t account for when people work at their best. Not everyone is at their most productive during these hours, which is why a remote workforce can be beneficial for companies looking to improve productivity.

Remote workers are able to accomplish certain tasks at a time that works best for them, allowing them to work when they are most effective and ready to tackle the project at hand. Not only does this make remote workers more productive, but they are also more accountable as they take it upon themselves to build a work schedule that works for them.

Access to a Global Talent Pool

Embracing a remote workforce also opens up the door to a broader talent pool for companies seeking to fill available roles within their organizations. Outsourcing talent beyond the domestic U.S. can fill critical talent gaps that may not be immediately available at the local level.

Not only is a global talent pool great for accessing diverse skill sets, but it also brings in new perspectives to the organization that companies may not otherwise have access to. This can help increase innovation and keep companies more competitive and relevant within their respective fields.

Reduced Overhead Costs

Building a remote team also has attractive cost savings benefits that companies can’t afford to overlook. With reduced overhead costs, businesses can allocate their budgets more effectively to pursue opportunities that they may not have had with a 100% in-office staff. In addition, by shifting certain tasks to lower-cost offshore team members, it can free up existing U.S. employees to be able to focus on higher impact work.

Additionally, hiring offshore workers from the Philippines and other countries around the world can be even more cost-effective. The cost to hire the average Filipino worker is up to 75% less expensive than it is to hire a similarly-qualified employee within the domestic U.S.

Technological Advancements

As the movement towards remote work gained popularity, so too did the use of new technologies that have helped transform the overall business landscape. Tools like Zoom, Teams, and Google Hangouts allow employees to remain connected to their fellow team members while also adding structure to their work-from-home lifestyles.

These technological advancements also foster a culture of collaboration within organizations, allowing employees to work together to tackle projects despite not sharing a physical space. Compared to what these capabilities looked like just 18 months ago, the future of remote work is made brighter and stronger thanks to the innovative, ever-evolving nature of these tools.

The Role of Effective Management

While remote workers offer many advantages, it’s important not to overlook the importance of adapting to a different management style to accommodate the changing work dynamic. Companies must plan accordingly if they plan to build out their remote teams, which may involve:

Utilizing project management tools such as Asana, Mondays.com, or ClickUp to track progress and assess employee growth.
Encouraging employee engagement by scheduling video conferences and team meetups within the virtual space.
Accounting for cultural differences and balancing different schedules according to varying time zones and popular holidays in different countries.
Respecting employees’ personal boundaries by establishing clear communication guidelines and promoting work-life balance.

One way that companies can ensure a better management style is by working closely with a recruitment specialist that’s knowledgeable in how to help businesses approach building out a remote workforce. The best offshore recruitment agencies have experience navigating the challenges associated with managing offshore team-members, and can provide ongoing guidance and valuable support from hiring, to onboarding, and beyond.

Build Your Remote Workforce with Halo Recruiting

As companies have become increasingly comfortable with hiring employees on a remote basis, they are better prepared to explore their options beyond the domestic U.S. and embrace the opportunities that a global talent pool provides. At Halo Recruiting, we are uniquely equipped to help U.S.-based companies take full advantage of this opportunity, placing highly skilled candidates from the Philippines and around the world with the businesses they are best-suited to serve.

Build your remote workforce with Halo Recruiting today by contacting our team online to get started with a consultation!

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