Forward thinking companies like Salesforce, Timberland, Google, and IBM have already began to in-list remote freelance and/or independent contracts as a way to bolster their capabilities without creating permanent overhead. The benefits to such arrangements far outweigh the concerns.
Benefits for employer
Remote workers want nothing more then to maintain their arrangement as it comes with greater autonomy and flexibility. It’s been reported in general these workers tend to go above and beyond. 2/3 of managers who were surveyed reported an increase in overall productivity from their remote employees.
Utilizing a remote freelancer or contractor on a as-needed basis has been shown to save upwards of $22,000 per worker in overhead costs. You don’t have to pay for the space for them to work, the computer they’ll need, the software, the maintenance, the benefits or the down time when there’s nothing to do.
Remote workers are often highly engaged simply because they feel trusted in there independence by their employers to get the job done. The distance actually encourages more thorough and descriptive communication overall.
Benefits for contractor
As a remote contractor, your time is more flexible. Without being tied to specific location, it’s possible to work staggered hours in order to focus on other things that are important to you through-out the day. Rather then 8 steady hours, perhaps you might break it up into 2 or 3 smaller chunks of time. In between, you could go to the gym, meet a colleague for a business lunch, spend sometime with your infant/child or perhaps even get your Master’s degree. Remote working is primarily based on output. So long as the output is meeting expectation, it’s really not important how a contractor divides up their time.
Better health, wellness and happiness
Employed remote contractors are notably less stressed overall then their in-office counterparts. Often we as humans stress over the most minute things. With regard to the 9-5 office job, we stress over the commute, while on the commute we stress about all our up coming social interactions, during our social interactions we stress about getting the work done on time, and then on to the commute again. Day in and day out. Remote employers are effectively creating less stressed out contractors/employees by virtually by allowing work to be done where the contractor is most comfortable. With less stress, comes better health and greater happiness.
Remote workers have been shown to outperform in-office employees as reported by inc.com. Remote workers tend to put there very best work in. They are often more inspired by their chosen work space (comfort zone) and there are less forced environmental and social distractions. I can attest to this myself. As a lifestyle I would like to maintain long term, nothing motivated my passion to create my very best work than the opportunities to do it remotely.
Companies interested in long term retention are listening. The job market is changing and in order to maintain business as usual, companies might want to consider bringing on remote talent to attract and retain the very best in their fields Just having someone there to fill a chair, isn’t the way forward to an even more profitable future for us all.