Remote staffing has become an integral part of modern business, especially in the 21st century. Companies are progressively reaching out to offshore staffing agencies to recruit employees who can handle a wide variety of work that was earlier meant for in-house employees only.
Let's take a look at how the remote staffing model enables an organization to tap top talents at lower costs:
1. Access to more affordable talent markets
Location is now an advantage while seeking remote employees. You can now hire globally and choose from a larger talent pool. One of the biggest advantages of hiring non-local talent is your access to less expensive job markets.
It is a given that if you hire remote workers from developing countries, you'll enjoy the highest cost saving.
Today, a company has the option of hiring a highly skilled workforce that is as good or even better than any in their home country at a fraction of the cost just by reaching out to offshore staffing agencies.
2. Lesser fixed and indirect costs
When you establish a remote staffing set-up, your total cost per employee can go down considerably as a result of a reduction in both real estate and remunerative expenses.
When you have in-house employees in your office, you have to incur fixed costs for things like office rental, electricity bills, water cooler installation and coffee makers, to name a few, and also bear infrastructural expenses like the ones for computers, internet etc.
To top it off, an organization that leverages remote staffing also incurs lesser indirect cost stemming from 'unproductive' hours, which is the amount of time spent by employees sitting idle i.e. you pay for zero work, which is unavoidable in any business. When we put it all together, we find that in addition to each employee’s salary, a locally sourced employee comes at an additional 30% cost.
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Less office space = Lesser rent
With virtual employees, you don't need to worry about providing office space because your virtual staff works remotely for you.
As mentioned above, with in-house employees, you have to ensure you have a desk space for each of them and also provide the required infrastructure for them to work with. In the case of remote workers, you can avoid these costs altogether.
3. Lower attrition rate
This is an add-on benefit of hiring remote employees i.e. they stick around. Remote professionals aren't given to hopping from one job to another, seeking more lucrative opportunities in the market.
They aren't usually out networking after working hours and planning their next big move. Remote workers tend to stay on, and you draw on the benefit of their accumulated knowledge. Moreover, lower attrition rate ensures your remote staff remains with you longer, saving you the cost you will have to otherwise incur for recruiting and training new staff every time someone leaves your organization.
Remote staffing no doubt is the best option for today's growing businesses to employ the finest of talents from around the world at significantly lower costs.
And it should come as no surprise that the phenomenon is continuing to expand and evolve.