An HR's job is to deal with humans— whether it's recruiting one or solving an internal problem of another. Meaning, the primary requirement for an effective HR job is to interact with humans. However, the remote-working culture is on the rise. Virtual offices and coworking spaces are stacking up like never before.
In such situations, where employees will not be coming to the office, there certainly will be an impact on the HUMAN Resource department. And that what we are going to discuss: The pros and cons of virtual offices from an HR perspective.
- Options: Recruiting is a crucial part of an HR's job. "Recruiter" certainly is a distinct position, but HRs do it in most organizations.
So, if a company is open to remote workers, HRs have no geographical boundaries to find appropriate talent. An excellent candidate who doesn't want to move cities can be hired based on his/her merit instead of his choice of place to work from
- Increases retention rate: If an employee is getting paid fairly(which he/she mostly is) along with the freedom to work on his/her terms, why would that employee leave? The retention rate of remote workers has been proven better than conventional ones.
- Better results: Employees are more productive when they work on their terms. Their physical and mental health is much better when working from home. As the time of sending an email varies based on the campaign, a human's productive hours are different. And given there are no time boundaries, remote employees can work on their best hours.
- Better for the company: At the core of HR's job lies the benefit of the company. Having remote employees saves a lot of cost to the company(approx. $10,000 per employee), which is a plus undoubtedly.
- Dependancy: Remote working is dependent on facilities like good internet speed, electricity, etc. So, if the server goes down or the government decides to cut the power, there's nothing an employee will do. It mostly affects the employees working from home; coworking spaces, on the other hand, have backups.
- Complying to policies: Tracking any policy/ethical violation is harder to track. There are legal issues, indeed, but the boundaries the employee crosses at his/her home is blurred for the manager sitting at the office.
- Weaker bonds: There's internet— slack, Zoom, Project management softwares— everything. Yet, it can't replace the handshakes and Face to face conversations. Meaning, the relationships are weak, which is something HR doesn't like.
The impact or virtual offices and work from home employees are apparent. There are numerous benefits of having remote workers— for both employees and employers. However, there are some disadvantages too.
As far as I am concerned. Remote working is the future. What's your take?