July 30, 2021 / in Blog, Staff Augmentation,

Is your IT company on the lookout for new tech talent? Are you wondering if there are better, and more efficient, ways to select great staff other than looking for local tech talent? If you have answered "yes" to both these questions, then you have come to the right place.
In this article, we will show you why you should look for IT specialists, developers, and technicians across state lines (and beyond). The code word? Remote working.

Diversify Your Pool of Candidates

In 2021, the name of the game if you own or run a business is "inclusivity." Every company should do its best to diversify its workforce and offer candidates from minorities the opportunities that they need and deserve to thrive. Being an inclusive and diverse business generates a wealth of benefits. It contributes to creating a fairer and more equal world, starting from the workplace. It also helps your company to be more efficient and productive. By selecting the best talent from different ethnicities, religions, genders, physical abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds, you bring new, powerful perspectives and skills to your company. This is essential to help you come up with more effective, creative, and original solutions to the challenges that your business faces. The best way to expand your pool of candidates and become more inclusive? Through remote hiring practices. This will help you to discover and connect with some exceptional tech talent that you might not have been able to come across through traditional hiring processes.

Access Global Talent

Hiring remote employees can also enable you to reach out to great applicants who aren't physically close to you. This translates into a much wider, potentially global pool of candidates who can perform their role anywhere in the world. Think about it: sometimes, there just aren't enough software development specialists or other IT experts in your area. Remote working helps you to broaden your search. By offering remote working arrangements, you can discover the perfect applicants, wherever they may be.

Enhance Their Work-Life Balance

Ask anyone in your industry (and elsewhere), and they will all agree on one thing: the best jobs are those that allow you to achieve and maintain a great work-life balance. These days, even the most talented and committed IT specialist wants to be able to enjoy life outside the office. This has been shown, time and again, to contribute to much better physical and mental health. If you want to showcase your commitment to the well-being of your staff, then offering remote working is a great start. By doing so, your employees will have the opportunity to live where they really want. This, in turn, can allow them to enjoy a slower and more relaxed lifestyle, cultivate self-care, and spend more quality time with their loved ones. What's in it for your business, you might ask? Well, recent studies have found that a whopping 87% of remote workers is more productive and efficient compared to workers in more traditional settings. But that's not all - keep reading.

Slash Unnecessary Costs

Besides boosting the productivity of your operations, hiring remote tech talent will also help you to cut down costs. For example, you will no longer need to provide fully-equipped and furnished workstations. A single one of these can cost several thousands of dollars. Now, if you do the maths you will immediately realize how much your business will be saving through virtual workstations. Then, consider all the other expenses that a standard, physical office needs to sustain. Office cleaning, general maintenance, rent of the commercial premises, and more. Remember, though, that just because you are going to save significant amounts of money, that doesn't mean that you are allowed to cut down salaries. In fact, you might want to do pretty much the opposite. For example, you could offer your remote employees some financial help towards the costs that they are sustaining by working from home, such as WiFi connections and energy bills.

Boost Productivity and Engagement

We mentioned it before, but it's important to reinstate it: the majority of remote workers tend to be more productive. This can depend on many factors. The work-life balance that we discussed earlier is a huge contributor to driving up employee efficiency. Further, home workers are generally less distracted than those who work in an office. Of course, your remote staff needs to have a proper workstation set up, to be able to boost their performance. As we said, you can allocate some of your savings to ensuring that all your employees have the tools they need to perform at their best when working from home. Feeling like you could do with some extra help? Consider adopting some specific software to help you and your teams stay productive.

Become More Competitive and Future-Ready

Last but not least, it's worth spending a few words on the competition. Right now, with so many companies embracing virtual offices, the IT services industry is booming. This means both opportunities and challenges for you. The most pressing challenge? Remaining competitive and forward-thinking in a world where IT companies fight to stay ahead of the game. Remote hiring can help you achieve that. With your pool of diverse tech talent located around the world, a unique set of skills, and the flexibility and appeal that remote work provides, you'll always be one step ahead of your rivals.

Local Tech Talent for Your IT Business? Not If You Go Remote

We live in the era of digital work, and your business should follow suit if it is serious about reaping some incredible advantages. Choosing to expand your pool of candidates instead of focusing on local tech talent has many benefits, and we explored a few in this article. Are you ready to start building your best remote teams ever? Get in touch with number8 right now, and we will be happy to help.
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