Developing a Successful Remote Workforce Structure
The conversation about remote work, and the future of the workforce overall, will continue to evolve as most areas of business have over the past 18 months or so. Clearly identifying your business goals and needs, and then tailoring your remote workforce policy, is the best way to ensure that post-pandemic plans will satisfy your objectives and needs. SIRVA’s white paper, Managing Your Remote Workforce, discussed the benefits of adopting a remote workforce, the potential challenges, and considerations for establishing and managing a successful remote work programme.
Let’s take a quick look at the benefits of remote work for your employees and organisation, as well as the potential pitfalls.
Benefits of a Remote Workforce
The COVID-19 pandemic forced organisations to pivot quickly to remote or hybrid workforce models. In most cases, the fear of losses in productivity were lessened as a variety of benefits emerged for companies and employees.
Benefits for Your Employees
- Increased Productivity
Most employees indicated that they were more productive in a remote work environment.
- Work/Life Balance and Flexibility
Theflexibility that came with remote work led to happier, more productive employees.
- Cost Savings
Employees enjoyed reduced commuting, clothing, food, vehicle maintenance costs, etc.
Benefits for Your Business
- Expansion of Talent Pool
Remote work offers a competitive advantage and promotes a wider and more diverse global talent pool of employees.
- Employee Retention Rates, Loyalty and Productivity
Happier, engaged and more productive employees are more likely to be loyal to your company.
- Reduction of Overhead Costs
You may be able to reduce office space, equipment and amenity costs.
- Realisation of Efficiencies
Virtual meetings and presentations can be a tool to effectively streamline and increase the quality of communications both internally and externally.
- Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
An expanded talent pool emerges when employees from a wider range of demographic groups are considered when eligibility is not limited to proximity to a physical office location.
- Environmental and Sustainability
Working remotely has the added positive impact on the environment, with a reduction in your organisation’s carbon footprint both locally and globally.
Challenges of a Remote Workforce
Though a remote workforce can offer a wealth of benefits, there are also potential challenges that you need to be aware of that increase as the scope of remote working expands.
- Job Function
Assessing the suitability of the job role and employee to perform the role remotely, equitability in remote work approval, and time zone differences.
- Technology and Data Security
Ensuring equipment supplies, software and support, network access and reliability, and data security/protection.
- Tax and Immigration Compliance
Tracking employees effectively to address tax liabilities, immigration compliance and employment laws
- Internal Structure and Management
Having the correct reporting lines, support functions, and cost responsibilities in place, as well as the skills of leaders to efficiently manage their teams.
- Cultural Impact and Employee Engagement
Encouraging employee engagement and maintaining a strong corporate culture in a remote environment.
- Expanded Duty of Care
Supporting increased duty of care of employees in a remote work environment (e.g. safety and security, immigration and tax compliance, housing, healthcare).
In the final analysis, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. The elements that support a successful remote workforce will vary depending on your business type, number of employees or business units, size and footprint of your organisation, company culture and your organisation’s risk tolerance, amongst other things.
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- SIRVA White Paper: Managing Your Remote Workforce
- Infographic: Managing Your Remote Workforce
- Pulse Survey: Spotlight on Duty of Care
- SIRVA COVID-19 Matrix: Impacts on Relocation & Moving