27 Feb Remote working – the new swear word in recruitment
Even before the COVID-19 coronavirus disrupted the planet, remote working had gone from that unspoken topic of workforce arrangements to a standard component of many people’s workweek.
There are multiple reasons for this, and in this article, we will touch on a few reasons why.
Remote Working – The answer or a swear word?
Many corporates and privately owned businesses, especially those with an eco-friendly ethos, would want to avoid adding to the carbon footprint our petrol and diesel vehicles leave, so ‘work from home’ or remote working would be massively encouraged.
Upskill Opportunities – practical training to work productively from home
Staff who are trained and knowledgeable on the software they are using whilst working from home are most productive. Ensuring that remote workers are not spending unnecessary time ‘finding their way around’ is crucial to optimising output. This online training will be much more cost-effective than sending your staff on a course at a venue.
As luck would have it!
The business sector eyes have been opened to remote working as more of an option due to the worldwide pandemic.
Many companies had to downsize massively, some even having to shut their doors for good. When it came to cutting costs, office parks or premises were vacated, and staff were doing the same job, simply from a different location!
Freelance is the new ‘F’ word
People have had to find other avenues of income due to recent retrenchments. No matter what your qualification, if you have a service to offer or a niche skillset, you can market yourself at an hourly rate, and the chances of you securing work like that is huge! For businesses to use your services adhoc is a cost-effective solution to their permanent staff loss.
Don’t be ever pessimistic by thinking that your staff working remotely is not viable; make it work for your business. Welcome the change, encourage the new normal of remote working and see your business soar.
If you are struggling with the recruitment process or managing employees, please contact me.
Anthony Kettle is the co-owner of West Coast Personnel, a successful recruitment agency that has been around for going on 21 years in the Table View, Western Cape area. Anthony specialises predominantly in the engineering and manufacturing space; however, he has a wealth of knowledge to impart all aspects of recruitment. He has recently published his books, The Job Seeker’s Handbook and The Recruiter’s Handbook, available on Amazon as eBooks.