Remote workers have grown steadily in recent years, thanks to the Internet and virtual tools that helped working from home or elsewhere outside the office become a reality.
By 2020, some companies already expect their employees to work offsite. Dell, for instance, conducted a survey of 110,000 workers regarding their work habits. The survey found that 58% of respondents are working remotely at least once per week, despite only 17% having formal approval to do so.
The burgeoning trend of remote workers does not seem to slow down anytime soon, which is why managing them will have to require software solutions.
Software as a Service (SaaS) systems are a popular choice for handling a broad range of business requirements, including timekeeping and attendance. In case you handle several vendors, there are platforms and providers that let you manage SaaS aside from other features.
This technology will be more relevant in the U.S., as a Gallup survey showed that the prevalence of online tools for remote work have led to an increase in the proportion of work done at home in 2016. The poll noted that 43% of Americans did some or all of their work outside the office, up from 39% in 2012.
Remote work isn’t just common in the U.S., but also on the other side of the globe. In Australia, several companies have allowed their employees to work offsite at certain times as an added benefit. No matter where you are, the risks remain the same from engaging employees to work from home.
Productivity is a major concern since managers will not have direct control over employees. However, businesses should learn to treat this as a solvable problem with the right staff training rather than a nuisance.
As long as your company has the right management tools, you somehow diminish risks associated with having remote workers.