Interested to learn some of the benefits of remote workers? Making the choice to employ remote workers can enable your small business to grow successfully by allowing flexibility and enhancing productivity.

Remote work is becoming an increasingly popular choice for businesses thanks to the ease and accessibility of the internet. The traditional 9 to 5 workday is being replaced by flexible hours that can be completed anywhere and at any time.

Employing remote workers isn’t the best choice for every workplace, such as those that require hands-on labour. However, if the benefits of flexible work will apply to your business, it could give you that competitive advantage you’re looking for.

3 Key Benefits of Remote Workers and How They Can Help Your Business

Increased productivity

Research has shown that one of the key benefits of remote workers is that remote workers can actually be more productive than those who work in an office. Employees that work from home don’t have the distractions that occur in daily office life. They also have the ability to work longer hours at times that suit them, without being regimented to the typical 9 to 5 workday. This can lead to workers being more engaged with the work and can also increase happiness.

This style of work is not necessarily suited to everybody, with some people experiencing isolation and loneliness when in a remote work environment. As an employer, you should make sure working remotely is a good fit for each employee’s personality.

Reduce business costs

Hiring remote workers can enable you to save money on office expenditure, such as real estate and utilities. Consider maybe moving more of your business into cloud software to allow remote employees to access office files from home or wherever they may be working. This has positive implications from an environmental standpoint, while also cutting utility costs such as paper, recycling and waste. While these may seem like minor costs, they do add up and the savings resulted from removing these costs will be noticeable to your business.

Safety obligations

Even though staff may work from home, there are a number of workplace obligations that employers must be aware of. The employer has responsibility for health and safety issues and worker’s compensation and should complete a Work Health and Safety (WHS) checklist to assess risks in the home. A WHS checklist helps to ensure things such as safe work practices and that the work environment is secure. Both parties should sign the agreement in the event of a compensation claim.

While there are a number of considerable advantages to employing remote workers, it would be beneficial to receive professional advice regarding issues such as payroll and your workplace safety obligations as an employer.

Want to learn more?

We are here to help! This guide is merely a starting point, designed to help you identify areas that might have a significant impact on your personal and business planning. Our business accountants are always pleased to discuss matters with you and advise in any way we can. If you’d like more about the benefits of remote workers, don’t hesitate to give our business advisory team a call on 07 3391 1188 or email info@taggartandpartners.com.au today.

*** This publication is for guidance only, and professional advice should be obtained before acting on any information contained herein. Neither the publishers nor the distributors can accept any responsibility for loss occasioned to any person as a result of action taken or refrained from in consequence of the contents of this publication. Publication date April 2018

Updated 21 December 2020

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