How Can Your Business Benefit from Hiring Remote Workers?

Written by Sharon Koifman

There’s a bit of a tug-of-war going on in the minds of business advisors these days. Half of them are advocating for open plan, versatile office spaces to promote creativity. The other half are espousing the benefits of remote working, which promotes productivity.

The answer is, unsurprisingly, that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. For some companies, or departments, an on-site solution is the best. It creates an environment that’s great for extroverts, allowing them to bounce ideas off each other and come up with creative solutions.

For other tasks, where the lack of interruptions is a boon, then remote working is most definitely the way to go. If you have a team of ace software developers, do you really want them being interrupted every twenty minutes to be asked about the problem’s someone’s Grandma is having with Windows? Thought not.

Remote working gives you more than just peace and quiet to concentrate. Here are just a few of the reasons you should consider remote working for your business.

Costs

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Trend Report: What Hiring in 2016 Will Look Like

As more millennials enter the workforce and companies loosen their belts, trade in suits for jeans, and hire more people they may never actually meet in person, the next few years should be interesting in terms of hiring.

Good News For Jobseekers

According to a recent report in CareerBuilder, companies are offering a bigger starting salary to attract the best possible candidates. Lowballing an attractive hire could be a bad move with so many successful startups and more people realizing the value of a smart and ambitious employee.

Startups Are Growing

Not only are employers offering more money up front, they’re hiring more people. The study showed that the “E” word is big in small business this year. That is – expansion. According to the report, 27% of businesses with less than 50 employees will hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 20% last year. While 33% of businesses with 250 or fewer employees plan to hire full-time, permanent workers, that’s 29% more than in 2015.

Here are some other trends to keep an eye on.

Figuring It Out

DIVERSIFYING: …

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Working Yourself to Death at Your Startup

Amazon got a bit of a kick in the teeth this week from the NY Times. A well-researched article painstakingly detailed the exciting/deadly working conditions at the company that wants to deliver everything to everyone all the time. Who doesn’t have a love/hate relationship with Amazon? I know I do. Love the access to books and other stuff I want. Love creator-centered platforms like Kindle. Love the company culture that pushes to the edges of innovation. Hate the hubris. Hate the idea that it’s okay to work employees in 100-degree heat with an ambulance outside to cart them away when they drop. (True story.)

All company culture is top-down. Amazon is an expression of the brilliant/crazy mind of Jeff Bezos, who believes in tracking everything, intense competition, and the positives of a negative work environment. Zappos is an expression of the brilliant/quirky mind of Tony Hsieh, who is trying to remove the hierarchy in his corporate structure. (It’s not going so well.)

People like Bezos and Hsieh are like you: intensely focused on a world-changing idea, drinking their own Kool-Aid and trying to …

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