You Should be Recruiting Remote Workers. Here are 3 Reasons Why.

Finding great talent is always a challenge; today, in an employees’ job market, that effort is increasingly difficult. Employers seeking an advantage in attracting and hiring top performers should consider expanding their talent acquisition strategy to include recruiting remote employees.

At a time when many offices are operating either as hybrid or fully remote workplaces, most employers already have remote workers. Plus, surveys show employees like to work remotely.  So, it makes sense to add more remote talent to your team – and it can pay big dividends.

Remote workers expand the labor pool

Typically, employers focus their recruiting in a particular geographic region. Imagine if there were no borders on your recruitment territory, and you were truly able to hire the best person for the job, regardless of where they live? With remote workers, you can do just that.

By recruiting remote employees, companies gain access to a much larger labor pool. They can tap into top talent not just in their city, state or region, but among skilled professionals across the country and around the world. When it comes to building a top-notch team, that’s a huge competitive advantage.

Remote workers are productive

Technology makes it easy for employees to connect with their colleagues, clients and customers wherever they’re located. With a laptop, a mobile phone, and some basic web-based software programs, quality work can be done anywhere, at any time, by anyone.

Consider this: at the end of 2020, after 9 months of a pandemic-altered work environment, our exclusive Alaant Hiring Index asked HR managers how productivity had been affected by remote work. Nearly 9 in 10 – 88%, to be exact – said productivity had either increased or remained the same, a clear indication that remote employees can be just as, if not more, productive than those working in the office.

Remote workers can save you money

Reducing or eliminating the office space your organization owns, leases or rents can be a huge cost saver. It’s estimated that having even half of your staff working remotely can save more than $10,000 per employee per year.

And what if rather than needing to hire a full-time employee, you’re able to hire a remote worker on a contract basis? That can save thousands more on health insurance, retirement contributions, and other employer costs.

Of course, employers need to ensure remote employees are managed correctly so that work is done efficiently and effectively. But that’s eminently doable, and it can have a significant positive impact on your organization. 

At Alaant, we can build a strategy to help your company grow a remote workforce, and our experts can also recruit the right people to join your team. Contact us today and let’s get the conversation started!

About the Author

Miranda March Digital Strategist for Alaant Workforce Solutions

Miranda March, Digital Communications Specialist

Miranda has a real knack for connecting the dots between employers and job seekers. She prides herself on keeping a pulse on the national and local hiring markets. In her downtime, she enjoys cooking new foods and spending time with her family. A little-known fact about Miranda is her love of video games, new and old.