Remote hiring refers to an individual who is hired by an organization but works outside the bounds of a traditional office. Remote employees can work from the comfort of their home, a coffee shop or even from a different city!
Remote working has gained popularity among Millennials and Gen Z as it gives them the freedom of working from a place of their convenience.
Employers and employees both stand to gain when employees work remotely, here are a few reasons why -
Employers can save more money - When employees work from an office, there are many expenses that a company needs to incur. Expenses such as rent, chairs, desks, working devices such as laptops, air conditioning, etc. when employees work from a location of their choice, a lot of these expenses are cut down when employees work from a place of their own convenience.
Access to a wider talent pool - When employers aren’t bound by the confines of their employee's geographical location, they can hire employees who even live in a different city.
More flexibility - For employees who don’t necessarily have to adhere to the strict 9-5 working hours, being a remote employee is a huge benefit. They can choose to work at a time that’s most convenient for them. If they like working in the night they may choose to do so.
Freedom to travel - For people who love traveling to different cities and countries every few months, holding on to a 9-5 job can be difficult. They’ll either be required to quit their job or be allowed to travel less frequently. When you are a remote working employee, you get to decide where you work from.
Better for the environment - When employees work from a place of their convenience, they’re saving up tons of money on gas, greenhouse gas emissions, etc. another huge advantage is the amount of money your employees will save if they don’t have to travel to work every day.
These are just some of the benefits of working remotely.
With the impact of Covid-19, most of us have been working remotely for over a year and most likely when all of this is over, many organizations would have realized that your employee's productivity hasn’t reduced just because they’re working from the confines of their homes.
Remote hiring is the future of tomorrow, here are a few remote hiring trends to look out for -
Adopting a hybrid model - When all of this is over and we start functioning regularly without having to follow the COVID-19 forms, many companies could adopt a hybrid model of working from home and working from an office. A 60/40 model could be implemented for employees who want to work from home as well as work from an office.
Better technology - When employees work from home, to conduct important meetings, employers have to rely on technology which is why you have technology that lets you have video calls together. Platforms such as Zoom, teams, Skype, etc are used for conducting conference calls. Moreover, there are many apps such as Slack that let are made for official purposes so an organization can have all of their employees together under one app where they can interact with each other, share important documents, files,
Employee assistance - Employers have often been riddled with the potential of their employees during the hiring process. Your resume will only show you the work that you’ve done, it doesn’t show your efficiency. Conducting interviews online makes this process even more difficult which is why many employers are now relying on employee assessment skills to set a benchmark when hiring employees.
Remote friendly or remote first - Employers who post jobs online will have to specify if they want their employees to work remotely or work remotely right now given the current situation. Based on this interested employees will decide the kind of job they’re interested in doing.
Standardization of employee benefits - As employees are working remotely, their needs are also changing. Many employees want the inclusion of COVID-19 care added to their benefits in cases of emergencies. Other benefits include flexibility in working hours and other necessities that affect their day-to-day lives.
Ever since the pandemic, many of us have been working remotely and employers are seeing the various benefits of remote working for their employees. In a post-COVID-19 world, remote hiring will still continue to be a trend due to its many benefits. Remote hiring poses a lot of benefits for its employees such as cost reduction, spending more time with their family, more free time to do the things they love doing, etc which is why we believe that remote hiring is going to be the new trend in the workspace.
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