Every employer wants high-performing employees. Millions of dollars are spent each year trying to improve the engagement and productivity of workers. Yet with all the efforts to improve office environments, a new study shows one group of employees enjoy more sleep (45 percent), eat healthier (42 percent), and get more physical exercise (35 percent). What do they all have in common? They don't work at the office.

Remote Workers = Strong Employer ROI

Full-time employees who work from home aren't just happier and healthier--they also happen to provide strong results to their employers, which include:

  • 77 percent report greater productivity while working off-site
  • 30 percent accomplish more in less time, while 24 percent accomplish more in the same amount of time
  • 23 percent are even willing to work longer hours than they normally would on-site to accomplish more
  • 52 percent are less likely to take time off when working remotely--even when sick.

Which means employers can no longer ignore the hiring reality that will soon hit them: The top talent you want working for you will increasingly demand the ability to work remotely.

Sourcing Remote Full-Time Workers Will Get Easier

As companies start to become more comfortable with hiring remote workers, the ability to hire them will get easier. Freelancers have been leveraging short-term contract opportunities with ease on sites like UpWork.com and Freelancer.com for several years. And now, sites like Remote.com offer A.I.-driven matching processes that help employers quickly identify remote full-time workers who meet their criteria. (Full discloser: I am an adviser to Remote.)

3 Tips for Hiring Your First Remote Worker

If your company is struggling to find the right talent for certain jobs and the work is something that can be done remotely, it would be wise to consider this option. Here are three things that can make the process more successful.

1. Hire someone who has worked remotely before. People with a proven track record of working from home (i.e., who can provide references) can help you shape the protocols and communications strategies needed to ensure remote working is successful at your company.

2. Offer an extensive "ramp camp" at your office. Bring the new hire in for an extended period of time (i.e. two to four weeks) to give them the opportunity to build relationships, gain important company knowledge, and experience the company culture first-hand. And bring them back regularly for on-site visits to help their connection to the company continue to deepen.

3. Make FaceTime a regular form of communication. Use technology that allows you to see one another on a daily basis. Since 93 percent of communication is non-verbal (eye contact, body language, tone of voice, facial expressions, etc.), you want to ensure both parties are feeling connected and in sync to ensure a positive long-term relationship is being developed.

While every company can't offer remote working, those that can should consider the advantages. The money you save in office space alone could make it worthwhile. But if you still aren't convinced, let me leave you with this last statistic...

Studies show remote workers are 50 percent less likely to quit!

Published on: Feb 27, 2017