Seemingly overnight in 2020, the world’s workforce underwent a dramatic shift.

Employees would never work from home before found themselves working remotely full-time for the first time ever. Initially viewed as a hurdle to overcome, the remote work revolution has provided new opportunities and new benefits both for the workforce as well as for employers.

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As a manager, you may be tempted to hurry back to in-house work as quickly as possible. You may already have done so, making employees come in wearing masks so that you can recreate the office environment pre-pandemic.

What you don’t realize, however, is that a remote work arrangement provides for new opportunities for employers that may have never been noticed before.

Flexibility

For example, let’s look at the flexibility that you can offer your current full-time employees when they are working remotely.

When all your employees only work in-house, any obstacle to that can be detrimental to your team’s productivity. If a key employee is sick, or is dealing with family issues that prevent them from coming into the office, your bottom line can suffer. It doesn’t matter how major or minor, these hiccups can be devastating.

But because we now have the flexibility to offer a remote working arrangement to all of our employees, some of these roadblocks turn out to be minor inconveniences. And in fact, many of them can be avoided entirely thanks to remote working.

Let’s say, for example, an employee is sick. They’re very contagious, but overall they still feel reasonably okay. They have a minor cough and congestion, so they cannot come into the office because they would put other employees at risk.

While you want to give your employee the ability to rest and recuperate from your illness, you also might be able to offer a reduced workload for a few days as they recover. If your employee is feeling well enough, they can work from home and still manage to get work done for the company without putting anyone at risk.

Or even better, if an employee has to stay home because their daycare arrangement fell through for the day or their child had to come home from school, they can still get work done from home even though they can’t be in the office.

Hiring

That’s only one benefit that comes from the dawn of widespread remote work; another is the hiring process itself.

Because we now have the ability to manage remote employees, we can cast a wider net for workers to come into our company. It’s going to take many different forms. If the company needs a full-time employee, managers can now attempt to hire from places outside their geographical location. This means they have the ability to pursue high-level talent anywhere in the world.

But one commonly overlooked benefit is when you have the need for an additional member of your team, but you can’t justify bringing on full-time talent.

Thanks to the gig economy, freelance workers and contract workers are far more common than ever happened before. You are able to reach out to these types of workers and bring them into the fold on a temporary basis or a part-time basis, and you don’t have to upend your office environment for them. They are free to work from home, and they can contribute to the company quickly and easily.

After all the changes to today’s workplace, as a manager, you need to pay attention to everyone’s job performance. You still need to incentivize them to improve their work. COGZ Recognition Rewards makes that easy for you. Our patented software brings in-house and remote employees together to earn rewards and improve job performance. Using COGZ Recognition Rewards is a simple and cost-effective way to keep all of your employees engaged with their work, no matter where they are working from. 

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