Marissa Mayer rocked the boat when she became top dog at Yahoo! requiring remote employees to no longer be, well, remote. If they wanted to keep employment, they had to return to their cubicles, just when the concept was really starting to take shape for companies like Amazon, Yahoo! and Google. It was not only an unfavorable move for Yahoo! employees, it was not a wise decision as a whole.
In this tech forward world we live in, attracting young tech employees is a difficult challenge. There are so many shiny objects being offered to entice, it’s hard to compete with other tech companies for top talent. Enter remote employment. This is an opportunity to hire some of the best in the Midwest or South or Southwest, Northeast even. Why compete in an overly aggressive pool when you could have not only the entire United States but the world?!
Studies have found that remote employees are more productive, complete projects in a more timely manner, more dedicated and all-in-all are happier, no office drama, no terrible commutes/parking/public transit, no wasting away in a cubicle for eight to ten hours a day. There are also more tangible savings in leased or purchased office space, office supplies, office equipment the list goes on and the pool, the pool of candidates is nearly endless. Hiring someone who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, will cost you exponentially more than hiring someone from Madison, Wisconsin or Naperville, Illinois.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you want to attract top, hard-working, aggressive talent?
- Do you want to attract this talent affordably?
- Do you have positions that can be done remotely?
- What do you have to lose?
The answers are there, just put a plan into place and make it happen.