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Without Remote Work Opportunities, You Won’t Be Retaining Your Employees in 2021

Posted on February 1st, 2021 Read time: 1 minutes

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Today’s business challenges are unlike any others we’ve seen due to the coronavirus pandemic. In spring 2020, companies had to enable a remote workforce virtually overnight. Although many businesses have begun to see the advantages of remote working, 71% are still struggling with the transition.

It’s not hard to see why. Though remote work brings many significant benefits, it also comes with several complex obstacles. For instance, IT departments risk running into costly production downtimes by providing nonfunctioning solutions, and security needs change drastically when employees work on their own devices via unsecured networks.

Plus, the absence of in-person interaction makes management roles, mentorship responsibilities, and collaboration more challenging to carry out. Furthermore, there is also the often-overlooked challenge of maintaining the same company culture over great distances; tight-knit teams can grow more fragmented without regular time to catch up on each others’ lives

Despite that, the advantages of remote working vastly outweigh today’s business challenges. A primarily remote workforce can cut costs in areas such as real estate, utilities, and office supplies. Perhaps most importantly, facilitating telecommuting options now and after the COVID-19 pandemic passes is one of the top incentives to retain employees.

 

Read the full Recruiter.com article here.

 

This guest-contributed article was written by: Sara Jensen, VP of Business Development at IES

Sara Jensen is the vice president of business development at Innovative Employee Solutions (IES), a leading global employer of record that specializes in payrolling and contractor management services for today’s contingent workforce. Founded in 1974 in San Diego, IES has grown into one of the city’s largest women-owned businesses and been named one of its “Best Places to Work” for 10 years in a row.

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