Working from home has become really popular today and there are many who are going for this option. For these workers, not having to spend money on commute and not wasting time traveling are among the many advantages that remote working offers.
Of course, remote working has its own pitfalls such as the risk of overworking or working too much, a few distractions, and the fact that you feel isolated after a point of time. However, managers generally make a few ridiculous excuses for not hiring remote workers. To run a business successfully you have to open your mind and stop feeding it fallacies such as those mentioned below:
Misconception Number One: Communication Problems Often Arise with Remote Workers
We live in the era of Skype, instant messaging, and other related tools. That is why I’d say this is the lamest excuse one could give against hiring remote workers. Communication may have been a problem a decade ago but today, you can communicate easily and on a daily basis with an overseas employee, too. Moreover, there are many tools to share work immediately, have discussions online, and create a plan without any hindrance whatsoever. Thus, you really can’t give the communication excuse to glue your employees to their cubicle desk chair.
Misconception Number Two: Jealousy
If jealousy is your concern [read excuse], do you really think working side by side will eliminate jealousy? Jealous people will find be jealous regardless of where one works from. I am sure your goal is to ensure that work is done. If your employee prefers to do it from home, what’s wrong in cutting some slack? May be he or she will be judged by others but that shouldn’t affect your employee or you.
Misconception Number Three: Remote Workers Can’t be Trusted
In business, trust is the most important factor. If you cannot trust your employees and if you need to scrutinize them every single minute, there is no point running a business in the first place because you will spend all your time monitoring your employees. Also, to be honest, an employee who wants to pass time and not concentrate on work will slack off even at office. As long as you hire a dedicated employee you can be sure that he or she will work hard regardless of the occasion.
I repeat, you should open your mind and accept remote workers because they can prove to be absolute assets for your business.
Remote working is an excellent option and you should stop coming up with reasons to go against it. In this era, communication is easy and fruitful. You should definitely allow employees to work from home if they wish to.