Working at home is no longer just the domain of small entrepreneurs running cottage industries. It has rapidly become a valid method of working for many offices based industries. The reason for this change around in both workers and employers thought processes is due to the development of high speed communications and the internet. As long as the person who is working from home has fast internet connection then there is no reason that working remotely is not an option. In this blog we look at the business owner, and what are the pro’s and con’s to having employees work from home.
Swanky offices in prime city locations do not come cheap, and as your business grows so does your workforce. It is not always possible to shoehorn more employees into your original premises, and with fire regulations justifiably so strict you may not legally be able to take more staff on.
Letting certain members of staff work remotely may be just the answer, perhaps rotate the employees around so some work from home on some days and others on different days. As long as the required work gets accomplished then there is no problem.
Hiring an employee brings responsibilities to the business owner, and these include legal responsibilities. Employees that are full and part time have rights laid down by law that any employer has to adhere to.
Outsourcing work from contact workers is not quite the same, a business does not have to supply healthcare, pensions, sick leave, holidays etc. And it is far easier to terminate the employment as their contract is not a personal one between them and the business.
Many business owners at first were very against letting employees work from home, they old mindset if the workers could not be seen how did you know they were working, was always pertinent. But logically this is pure hysteria, there are many ways you can guarantee an employee is working. The simplest one is to give out a project that has to be completed by a certain mutually agreed date.
That way the employee can work the hours they want, and the employer gets his work done on time. Most contract workers work on this premise, they agree to a set fee for a certain job. Being a contract worker is no longer as risky as it once was, and it also brings the flexibility of working who you want for and when you want to.
Finally, the most advantageous thing for a business to having remote workers is the cost implications. It is much cheaper employing a part time employee, and you know exactly how much a piece of work will cost. Paying remote workers is on set conditions either as one lump sum for a project, be it large or small, or per hour for outsourcing work that your employees cannot cope with for whatever reason.
This allows the business to buy in specialists that they do not have, to complete a piece of work or order without employing them full time. For a business to allow remote workers, either full or part time, is a win win situation on all accounts. And due to its huge success, it will become more and more the norm.