These days there are many different ways in which you can hire employees. No longer are you restricted to only hiring permanent staff that commutes to your premises every day? A lot of companies are switching to remote employment and hiring people that work from home.

But, is this better or worse than hiring permanent in-house staff? Well, we look at the pros and cons of remote employees in the article below:

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Pros

When you look at the pros of remote employees, it’s easy to see why a lot of companies are hiring them. Check out the positives down below:

Saves Space

A huge positive of remote employees is that they save space on your premises. You don’t have to overcrowd a small office full of staff, you can allow some to work remotely. Likewise, you don’t have to feel pressured into paying for a large office to house all your staff. People work from home, and you can save a lot of space. As such, you don’t have to restrict yourself to the number of employees you hire purely because your office isn’t big enough to accommodate them.

Potential For More Productive Staff

Studies show that people are at their most productive when they’re not confined to certain surroundings or schedules. What this means is that we work at our best when we’re given a little extra freedom. If employees don’t have to go to work at the same time every day and don’t have to deal with the stress of the commute, they’ll be a lot more productive. They can create an ideal working environment at home that allows them to work at their peak levels of efficiency and productivity. As a result, the standard of work will improve, and your business will benefit.

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Cons

As well as the pros there are a few downsides to remote employees. Take a look down below for more info:

Less Engaged In Company Culture

The biggest problem is that remote employees are never in and around your office, which means they’re never going to be as immersed and engaged in your company culture as you and the rest of your staff are. You need all of your employees to engage with the culture and help promote the brand values. Thankful, with things like Fairsail this is easier to accomplish than it once was. However, always be aware that remote employees struggle more than on-site ones when it comes to engaging with the culture.

Potential Communication Issues

The great thing about the modern world is that it’s easy to communicate with people over long distances. This is what makes it possible to hire remote staff in the first place. The problem is, technology is never going to work 100% of the time. So, there’s the potential for an issue to occur, meaning you can’t communicate with any of your remote staff. If this happens at the wrong time, it can be a big problem for your company.

You can see there are positive aspects of remote employment as well as negative ones. Is it the best option for you? Well, that all depends on your business and how you go about your daily work.