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4 great things happened when we went from afar


April 8, 2021

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If you were a skeptic of the remote control , you’re not alone. Trust me when I said I had doubts that staff in all departments would. But due to the health crisis, that’s exactly what I am has done for the majority of 2020.

I’ve always been a supporter of diligent colleagues work remotely when needed. Some of them have moved out of state that has been completely remote for many years. But move total To remote areas, five days a week, for almost a year? That’s what I’m not sure about … before

There will be communication problems, distractions, technology problems, etc.Yes, there will be ways to prevent these problems – setting policies, communicating expectations, investing in sound technology. Sure – but everybody remote control for a long time ? I’m still on the fence.

After that, the global health crisis struck. When we dropped the hat, we had to make some big decisions.

Remote work perks

For me accounting software and payroll company, it works very well. We get people up and out of the office before our state home shelter order goes into effect. Since then, we’ve been swaying and rolling around as if we were always far away.

Our team handled interviews and referrals – and even added 55 employees while far away! We had remote performance assessments and open enrollment meetings. We were even able to continue organizing group events without a hitch.

As expected, there are some caveats to working remotely. (How come there are no pain points in a global crisis?) But overall, working remotely is a blessing for my company as we navigate this time around.

I know not everyone in every industry can homemade. But here are some of the benefits we’ve seen with remote control:

1. Talent search is expanded

We have a lot of talented people in Canton, , area. But not everyone wants to stay in Ohio. Through this trial of work from home (as I call it) we realize that we can expand talent search across the country. We currently have home workers in nine states. We are always proud of recruitment the best of the best. And now we can do it on a national scale, which is pretty neat.

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2. More flexibility for employees

Workers love flexibility. In a study published above Harvard Business Journal Four years ago, 88% of workers said they wanted “more flexible working hours”. And if we want to talk specifically about remote work, 80% want a “home work option”.

Remote travel over the past year has brought even more flexibility to our employees. They can skip rush hour commuting, easily work on doctor’s appointments, and stay in the same house with their kids, who are learning remotely.

I’ve always felt strong about giving my team the flexibility they need to achieve the optimal work-life balance. Whether it’s working from home when needed or using the flexible time to go to doctor appointments or pick up their kids.

As the team works remotely, that flexibility increases. This is great for any company because the more likely someone is to strike a desirable work-life balance, the more attached they are to their work. Flexibility is synonymous with than productivity, less than.

Related: Your employees expect schedule flexibility. Here’s how to deliver them.

3. Reduce absences

Every year, the flu season hits. Tried hard to limit the spread, it still seemed to creep into the workplace. It happens to us every year. Except this year.

With all of us far away, the spread of the disease in the office was reduced to nothing. Zero, zip, zilch, nada. Because, we’re not in the office. That reduces employee absences quite a bit.

Flu epidemic aside, we are especially grateful for limiting the spread of the Covid-19 by controlling everything remotely. In 2020, United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the time-loss rate is at 1.9 percent. The percentage of hours lost is the number of hours absent as a percentage of the regular hours worked. This means workers need to take 1.9% off of their normal working hours (and who can blame them?).

By working remotely, we can minimize absences and keep our team members safe.

4. Staff retention higher

Another major benefit of teleworking is higher employee retention rates. An employee may decide to switch from a business for a number of non-monetary reasons. The remote work option won’t solve all employee troubles, but it can help retain employees who want to move to a new city and get better benefits (such as calendars). flexible process).

I was able to keep a few of my employees who moved out of state. And now that we’ve started recruiting across the country, we’ll be able to hold back more. This work from home plan has helped reinforce our interests to make things more flexible for our team.

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