The COVID-19 pandemic has forced employers to embrace the work-from-home setup at a rapid rate. Fortunately, this hasn’t been as detrimental as one may have thought in the beginning. It allows employees to practice social distancing to keep themselves and their coworkers safe. However, there are other benefits to having a virtual team as well.
Here’s a breakdown of the benefits a virtual team can bring to your company:
1. Easily Scalable
Growing your company can be a daunting task, but scaling a virtual team doesn’t come with as many concerns as an in-person team. You can have a wide range of employees from permanent placements, temporary, and contract workers with high levels of productivity that can help you get the work done when you need it.
Giving your employees more flexibility to work remotely is an attractant when it comes to a new job. Trusting your employees to be productive, and produce results will lead to higher retention rates. Through these uncertain times when going into the office is not an option, flexibility is a necessity.
3. A Happier Work Life
Remote workers tend to be happier and more loyal employees. It has been shown to lower stress, improve personal relationships, and provide a good work-life balance. Manager and coworker relationships can be more positive as well without all the distractions that come with an in-office job. There is no distinct competition working from home and can lead to more productivity and higher performance.
4. Stronger Communication
Employees make a conscious effort to clarify roles, expectations, and progress when they aren’t in an office. Employees are somewhat forced to communicate with you more effectively making everyone’s jobs easier. With this high level of clarification there is trust built; employees know what is expected of them and will produce quality work with no chance of miscommunication.
Through these uncertain times for our economy, working from home may be a silver lining. At home, employees haven’t decreased their productivity or performance, they’re performing better in this environment. The flexibility has given employees the time and space they need to get the job done without having to go into the office. If you are looking to build your team right now, hiring virtually might be the best way to go.