Finding employees that are motivated and passionate about your business is vital to your success. However when it comes down to it, work is still a ‘means to an end’ for most people. A way to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head, let’s face it, even the best workers would be unlikely to stick around if they won the lottery tomorrow. And as a company owner, you’re sure to know the feeling. You might be the boss now, but chances are you’ve paid your dues over the years, working jobs with long hours so you know how draining it can be. One way you can really make a difference in your business is considering a home based (or partially home based) workforce. Instead of coming into the office each day, employees would be communicating via the internet, video chat and phone calls. Here are some of the reasons you could consider taking this leap in your business.
You Can Rent a Smaller Office
Office space can be expensive, particularly if you live in a busy town or city. And every time you pay your rent, it takes a chunk out of your profits. Having a lot of people working for you usually means having a large enough office space for everyone to do their job, but when most of your staff work from home you can go with something smaller and therefore cheaper.
While you will always need people to man machines and be physically present for some aspects of your business, there are others where everything can just as easily be done online. For example, if you own an agriculture business, it’s easy to restock things like red diesel to fuel machinery over the internet. If you run a clothing business, the people responsible for replenishing stock levels, advertising and customer services could just as easily do their work from home. Since so many aspects of business can be done online these days, it’s worth taking advantage of this.
The health and happiness of your employees really should be a high priority as a business owner. The working day is already difficult enough, throw in a busy commute on top of this and it’s easy for your employees to feel like all they do is travel, work and sleep. Allowing them to work from home, even if it’s just for a few days a week can boost happiness and in turn could promote productivity. You would of course have to monitor things to ensure that everything is being done to the same standard, but overall it could make life much easier for employees. Particularly those with a long commute or who don’t drive.
Find The Best Employees
When you’re searching for employees, you’re always going to be limited to the people who live nearby. While some will move for work, most are only going to apply for a job that they can actually get to. When you allow people to work from home, they can be from anywhere in the world. This massively broadens your horizons, and allows you to find workers that you simply wouldn’t have been able to employ any other way.