You’re a smart business owner. You see the changes in the world of business as an opportunity, not a setback. You see how other businesses are failing to adapt to the demands of a post-Covid workforce and wonder why. Everyone else seems to be clamoring to go back to a working model that requires workers to come into a physical office to do their job, despite almost no-one in the actual work force wanting to. But not you! You’ve seen the future of work, and you understand that being on the bleeding edge of workplace structure is the key to keeping happy employees.
Let’s not sugar coat anything here. Working from home rocks! You don’t have to commute, which gives you more time to sleep in, eat some breakfast, get ready for the day, or whatever you would otherwise do if you weren’t in a rush to get out the door. Aside from the occasional video conference, the dress code is as casual as you feel like. You have access to your pets and/or kids, allowing you to take care of them without sacrificing time, lunch breaks, or money for a sitter. And, of course, you can’t underestimate the power of a good lunch nap. During the pandemic many workers realized that working from home is infinitely preferable to going to the office, and most frankly don’t want to go back.
This is a problem for industry leaders who can’t adapt to a new way of doing things. For those who simply can’t wrap their heads around innovation in the employee base, the thought of returning to an office structure nobody likes is exciting. After all, everyone knows that unhappy employees that have had a taste of a work structure they actually like and are being forced to return to one they hate are productive employees! Luckily, you’re not like them. You understand that change can be a good thing, and you’re ready to start moving your people into remote positions. Here are some of the benefits you can expect now that you’ve seen the light.
Your Employees Will Be Happier
Let me tell you a personal story. Before becoming a writer, I worked for my state’s government managing its SNAP and Medicaid programs. It was a difficult, sometimes emotionally draining job, but I was spurred on by the sense of accomplishment the job gave me. It certainly wasn’t for the paycheck, which was almost criminally low! I was on the verge of finding greener pastures when the entirety of the state’s operations moved to a work from home model. That changed my perspective! Suddenly, there were so many more intangible benefits to the job, and I was happy to stay on board even with the lower-than-average pay. When it was announced that the state’s operations would be moving back to the office, I found a new job the very next day and was gone before ever setting foot in an office again.
My experience is far from unique. The benefits of working from home are absolutely staggering, and employees are willing to put up with a lot of the frustrations of work that they otherwise wouldn’t for the sake of doing so. Happy employees are loyal, productive employees. Now that the workforce has experienced the joys of remote work, they’ll be actively looking for jobs that allow them to do so. You’re smart; you realize that being one of those employers is a great way to attract new talent and keep the talent you have happy.
Your Overhead Costs Will Be Lower
Maintaining an office space for a massive employee base is exhausting and expensive. No matter how you slice it, the fewer employees you have in your headquarters the easier it will be to cut costs associated with keeping that headquarters running. You’ll probably always need a dedicated core team in your physical office, such as the IT department heroes that maintain your central servers and anyone who provides client-facing services there. But the fewer people working at the physical location, the less need for maintenance and other associated costs. Even the little expenses, like office supplies, will make a difference in your bottom line!
If you’re radically devoted to the ideals of a work-from-home model, you might be able to make more drastic cost cutting moves. You might be able to negotiate for a smaller office altogether, reducing the rent or mortgage you’d otherwise have to pay for an office that accommodates your entire employee base. You may even be able to, if you’re a smaller company, cut out your office altogether! Imagine not having to worry about paying rent and upkeep on a physical space, which is one of the costliest expenses a business has to consider? If you’re a small business, every bit of money you can save helps keep you floating that much longer. When considering the bottom line of your operating expenses, there’s really no downside here.
The Hiring Process Will Be Easier
Moving your business to a remote model has the happy benefit of streamlining the hiring process. Not only can you expand your hiring net to cover the entire country instead of people who have the capability of commuting to a central location, but nobody has to coordinate anything except being online or on the phone at a specific time. According to the hiring industry leaders at getontop.com, remote hiring has become the most popular way to acquire new talent – even for businesses that don’t see the benefit of the remote model.
It’s also easier to delegate the onboarding process to a dedicated staffing consulting agency, who almost always work remotely these days anyway. With a remote model, and with the right help, you’ll be able to get people staffed quicker and keep them happier, more excited to be working, and more productive than ever before. But I don’t need to tell you that. You already know that remote work is the way of the future. If more industry leaders had your vision, we would live in a luckier economy.