Remote Staffing isn’t just a buzzword! Here’s a primer on remote staffing and what it can do for growing businesses.
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If you run a growing business and have an idea that involves huge tasks, chances are you’ll need backup -- an assistant, a specialist, a whole team of them, or even need a team of teams. You’ve got a number of ways to hire great talent; one way is remote staffing.
What’s remote staffing?
Remote staffing is a hiring model for recruiting employees that operate outside your office. Their workplace could be outside your city, or even outside your country. The most common reasons companies go beyond their vicinity to find talent is to access a larger talent pool and cut costs, specifically on operational expenses like expanding office space.
Several years ago, the idea of remote staffing would have been absurd, but technologies today allow for virtual collaboration. With tools like Basecamp, Sqwiggle, and Speek, you can work with remote employees, whether onshore or offshore, using your computer or your smartphone.
Who benefits from remote staffing?
You could benefit from remote staffing if:
- You want to scale your business,
- The work you need done requires a computer; and
- You want to maintain control over your processes.
You could scale your company more smoothly when you’ve got fewer worries about expanding office space and you’ve got a wider selection of talent.
Remote staffing’s still an option even when you’re all grown and stable. Signbox Microsystems, a Singapore-based software company, continues growing with remote teams all over the globe, with whom they've found great ways to collaborate well.
How is remote staffing different from other hiring models?
Remote staffing often gets mistaken as outsourcing, because both models have employees working away from their employers.
Outsourced help are contractors, as opposed to being employees. They may be affiliated with a BPO or moving independently as freelancers. Commitments with outsourced contractors are usually short-term or for one-off projects. They’ve got their own processes established, so they’re ideal if you don’t want to be involved in the process for the work you’re having them do.
Remote workers, however, are their employers’ full-time staff. You can treat them like an insourced team, except their office could be in a different continent. Being your full-time employees, they’re with you for the long haul, and they follow your business methods. You’ve got control over their processes.
These are just a few differences, and we plan on talking about more of these differences soon.
How has remote staffing changed over time?
Allowing people to work remotely used to be unheard of, because of the lack of means to move data and limited ways to reach employees outside the office. These days, sharing files to an offshore team is easy, and people have a myriad of tools for communication. Scouring the globe for talent still takes time, but it’s significantly faster than before, and you don’t have to hop on a plane to do it.
More companies now support mobile work systems. They set up infrastructure and even issue technologies to improve communication and collaboration. Along with this, companies continue to come up with ways to manage remote teams more effectively..
Still curious about remote staffing, or got something to share about it? Check out BoltonRemote.com, or contact us. Comments are cool, and more questions are welcome.
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