Advancements in workplace tech have driven us to the point of no return. For a while now, remote working has been a viable alternative to the usual 9-5 office routine, add in the various external pressures like increasing competition for talent, increasing rent prices, more demanding clients and more and more competitors popping up all the time and what do you get? HR functions everywhere must address the question – remote working…to be or not to be?
Let’s clear up one point that seems to crop up a lot. Remote working doesn’t just mean never being in the office. It’s not all or nothing. You could add a degree of flexibility to your workforce by allowing just 1 or 2 days a week working remotely.
As it stands, remote working is seen as a ‘perk’. Soon this will be standard practice and if you don’t offer it, you could be accused of being behind the times. You might find yourself struggling to attract the best candidates and risk losing them to competitors who do offer remote working.
It can be difficult for some businesses to accept remote working due to trust issues with the workforce. ‘Will they work hard at home?’ ‘Surely it’s better to have them in the office to monitor performance more closely?’. Remote working doesn’t suit everyone but if you can’t trust your team to work remotely and continue to work hard, you probably made the wrong choice when hiring!
Let’s take a look at some pro’s and con’s and see if this helps us to decide:
Ok, so it seems that didn’t clear things up for us. Or did it? I would argue that as it is the people who make or break a business, increasing the available talent pool by adding a level of remote working outweighs a number of the cons.
Unfortunately, however, there is no right or wrong answer. It’s down to you to decide what is best for your business. Remote working doesn’t have to be offered for everyone and it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Your challenge is to find the balance that works best for your business, addressing your main challenges. One of which I’d bet is skill shortages in certain areas.
My question to you: remote working…to be or not to be?
Michael Walker – Managing Partner @ Walker Davies
This is one of the many questions we will tackle in our upcoming event series “How to Build a Lean Workforce”.
The first event is being held on Thursday 15th September at Innovation Warehouse.
We are very fortunate to be joined by 3 expert panellists:
James Brown, European Director – Commercial, People and Technology
Nick Kennell – Principal Consultant
Ghilaine Chan – Consigliere | Plug-in COO
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