Busting 5 Myths about Remote Employees with Facts

Amna Akram
Oct 11, 2019 · 5 min read

According to the latest survey done by The New York Times, 43% of the American do remote work. The survey constituted 15000 adults from the United States, belonging from different walks of life. It is interesting to note that the percentage has actually increased by 4 points since 2012.

This shows the increasing interest and preference of workers in the US to work remotely. And this trend is not just confined to the US, rather professionals around the globe are enthusiastic about working remotely.

Predicting from the current scenario, according to Upwork 73% of all teams worldwide will constitute of remote workers by 2028.

Only taking a look at some of the top pros of remote work is enough to show why employees would prefer this arrangement. Remote employees:

· Do not have to waste their time and consume petrol/gas for the commute

· Can work from the comfort of their home (working while sitting on your cozy couch is matchless)

· Have flexible timings (if some emergency situations arise, they can always work later in the day)

· Feel more in charge of their life compared to professionals doing orthodox jobs.

Quite a few companies and employers worldwide are catching on this trend and getting comfortable with the concept of remote work. They allow their employees to work remotely every now and then if not entirely, give them the flexibility of timing while also giving them all the benefits that any regular employee (who comes to the office every day) enjoys.

But there is still a vivid gap witnessed in the remote work industry. There are still a large number of companies that are hesitant to the idea of remote work. Some employers and managers are still plagued with misconceptions about remote work that are far cry from the truth.

If you are a CEO or HR manager of your company and are not absolutely certain whether you should take the remote work route or not, in this article we have busted some of the most common myths about remote work.

Let’s take a look.

Myth #1: Remote workers are less productive

A two-year study done by researchers at Stanford University found that people who worked from home showed a significant increase in productivity. The study included 500 people who worked both in traditional offices and from home.

Another study published in Harvard Business Reviews echoes the same opinion that the productivity of workers increases when they do remote work.

While offices can sometimes be disruptive, working from a home office or comfort of your room means your employees don’t get bugged by their employees or get distracted by discussions of others. Remote employees can have their undivided attention to complete their assigned tasks.

Myth #2: In-house workers are more skilled than remote employees

This myth is so wrong at so many levels yet is a widespread concept among CEOs and managers. Just because a professional decides to work remotely and not opt for an office job, does not mean they are in any way less skilled or bad performers.

Individuals have different reasons for opting for the remote work model. For some, they might be a single parent, have to look after an old parent or simply because they believe working remotely is the right way for them.

Talent and skill are not limited to any particular area or professional. With a remote work option, as an employer, you get the benefit of hiring employees from a grandiose pool of talent. Instead of only hiring local professionals, you can actually hire anyone around the world who best fits the job.

Myth #3: Remote work equals poor/no communication

In this time and age, there is no reason that remote work can be termed synonymous with having poor communication. The digital world offers so many solutions for communicating with people who are not physically present at the office that it leaves no excuses.

The communication issues can be easily handled by:

· Mutually deciding a time when team meetings will be held

· Using tools like Skype and Slack for video/audio

· Making use of digital tools like Zoho, Jira to keep update on everyone

Myth #4: Remote employees have no loyalty to the company

This myth again has not ground to stand on. According to the research by Stanford University, professionals who work remotely are less likely to leave a job compared to people working in traditional office settings. The study established the fact that remote employees were 50% less likely to switch a job.

Just because someone is not coming to the office physically does not mean they have no loyalty towards the company. After salary, one of the most important driving factors behind an employee leaving their job is they are not happy or satisfied with the current one.

According to the 2019 figures from OWLLabs, people who work from home actually are 24% more likely to be happier with their jobs. When professionals are happy and satisfied, they naturally have more loyalty with the company.

Myth #5: Finding an efficient remote employee is a hassle

Finding and hiring a remote employee is actually a less hassle for the employer, both in time and monetarily terms. According to the figures shared by TECLA, a global IT recruitment organization — hiring remote workers result in saving around $7000/year on average for a company.

Don’t let the global talent pool make you think it is impossible to find the perfect remote employee. By streamlining the hiring process and shortlisting ideal candidates on every step — the job can become pretty easy. Conduct Skype interviews and assess them on the basis of online tests to see if they are good enough for the job or not.

Wrapping it

A report by Buffer, published in 2019 clearly states that remote work is not something that will go extinct, rather it is to stay forever. As professionals are finding a better way to balance their work and personal lives, it will not be an exaggeration to say that as more years pass on — the model of remote work will be welcomed more by companies.

If you are looking to hire remote employees for your next software project, get in touch with us today.

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