5 Employer Benefits of Having a Remote Workforce
The benefits of being a remote worker are obvious, but there are also employer benefits for having a remote workforce that aren’t as obvious but are very real. Business owners can benefit from flexible and remote work options, just as much as employees benefit from them. Here are 5 key benefits for employers of having a remote workforce:
1. Cost Savings for Employers
The first and one of the most important benefits of having employees work remotely is the savings on costs. Whether an organization is completely 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 Talent Pool in a Remote Workforce
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 talent pool will expand drastically. Plus, it’s easier to find people with specialized skills in remote positions.
3. Healthier Employees in a Remote Workforce
Remote workers also have better mental and physical health compared to 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 easily. From an employer’s perspective, this means fewer employee absences and fewer missed workdays due to sickness or burnout.
4. Increased Productivity in Remote Work
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. This frees them up to concentrate on their work.
5. Higher Employee Retention Rates for Employers
Lastly, a big challenge for business owners is employee retention. Maintaining performance and growing your business when dealing with frequent employee turnover is difficult. Fortunately, an employer benefit from having a remote workforce is flexibility which is a crucial factor in retaining your employees.
Employees can change jobs for many reasons. Flexible working arrangements can accommodate life changes without also forcing people to change jobs. Employees who can work from any place they choose giving them flexibility in their life are more likely to stick around.
Looking for remote talent to add to your workforce?
ABR Employment Services has several options to offer your business through our Remote Work Solutions! Let us help you grow your business and keep it running with a remote talent workforce. Our team of recruiters are here to support your workforce hiring needs. Contact any ABR location to get started.