Location, Location, Location: The Surprising Impact of Remote Work on Talent Acquisition
By Lode Blomme- 4 minutes read - 804 words
I’m sure we’ve all heard the term “work from home” by now, and if you haven’t, then you’ve probably been living under a rock. But did you know that there are still companies out there that don’t trust their employees enough to work from home? I know, it’s shocking. So, let’s talk about why these companies are missing out on the best and the brightest.
First of all, let’s get something straight: work is not a place, it’s an activity. It doesn’t matter if you’re in an office or at home; what matters is that you’re doing your job. And if you’re doing your job well, then what difference does it make where you are? I mean, let’s be real here: do you really think that just because you’re physically present in an office, you’re automatically being productive? Of course not. You could be sitting at your desk all day, scrolling through social media, and your boss wouldn’t know the difference.
On the other hand, if you’re working from home, you have the freedom to create your own work environment. You can work in your pajamas, you can blast your favorite music, and you can take breaks whenever you need to. And you know what? Studies have shown that people who work from home are actually more productive than those who work in an office. Why? Because they have the freedom to work in a way that suits them best.
But it’s not just about productivity. It’s also about trust. If your boss doesn’t trust you enough to work from home, then what does that say about your relationship? It says that your boss doesn’t see you as a responsible adult who can manage their own time and tasks. It says that your boss sees you as a child who needs to be monitored and controlled. And let’s be real here: who wants to work for a boss like that?
Now, I know what some of you are thinking: “But what about collaboration? What about teamwork?” Well, guess what? You can collaborate and work in teams from anywhere, thanks to technology. You can have virtual meetings, share documents online, and even work on projects together in real time. And you know what? When you’re not all crammed into a stuffy conference room, you might actually find that your creativity and collaboration improve.
So, to all you companies out there who still don’t trust your employees enough to work from home: wake up and smell the coffee. You’re missing out on some of the best and the brightest talent out there, all because you’re stuck in the past. If you want to recruit the best people, you need to demonstrate that you trust them with the freedom to work anywhere. Because at the end of the day, you’re buying talent and dedication, not what the Brazilians call “butt-on-chair time.” And if you can’t see that, then you’re going to be left behind in the dust.
Several studies have found that offering remote work options can help attract and retain top talent. For example, a 2019 survey by Owl Labs found that remote work is a major factor for job seekers when deciding on a job offer, with 54% of respondents saying they would be willing to take a pay cut for the option to work remotely. Another survey by Buffer found that 99% of remote workers would like to continue working remotely, at least some of the time, for the rest of their careers. These studies suggest that offering remote work options can be a valuable strategy for companies looking to attract and retain top talent.
And there are more advantages for companies that embracing remote work, like reducing real estate costs. By allowing employees to work from anywhere, companies no longer need to maintain large office spaces in expensive locations. This can free up resources that can be invested in other areas of the business, such as employee development or new product development.
In addition, remote work can help mitigate immigration issues. In some cases, it may be difficult or costly for companies to bring in foreign workers to work on-site. By allowing these workers to work remotely, companies can still access the talent they need without having to navigate complex immigration laws and regulations.
It’s time for companies to embrace the future and trust their employees to work from anywhere. It’s time for them to stop treating their employees like children and start treating them like responsible adults. And it’s time for them to start realizing that work is not a place, it’s an activity. So, let’s all raise a glass (or a mug, if you’re working from home) to the future of work: one where we have the freedom to work from anywhere and be the best that we can be. Cheers!