The Future of Resourcing is Remote

BY Julian Te |
03/12/20

With the rapid technological advancements in the last decade or so, particularly with fast internet speeds and communication tools, businesses were always poised to increasingly embrace remote engagement practices. However, the pandemic came along and simply sped up the inevitable. 
Companies all over the world have been forced to adapt or perish. Going forward, the same will be true for graduates entering the market place. Those that embrace this trend will thrive and be find themselves in high demand, while those that don’t will see themselves fall behind.

With that in mind, here are three key reasons the future of resourcing is remote.

Fewer Overheads

First and foremost, by not having staff coming to an office, companies will benefit from lower operating costs. With their teams operating remotely, businesses won’t have to spend as much on things like office equipment (furniture, stationery, etc.), electricity (running computers, AC, etc.), water, an internet connection, and even little office staples like coffee and snacks. Better still, some companies will downsize their offices or do away with their premises entirely, saving a considerable amount on rent. 

While in the short term, these savings will allow companies to stay afloat, in the long term, businesses can use these savings to remain competitive in their market or give them an increased operational budget. 

Resource flexibility

Some companies will take full advantage of the fact their staff can perform from anywhere in Australia by interacting with teams based in other states. Many companies are already successfully utilising a combination of local and interstate talent, and this trend will only increase as more businesses look at flexible resourcing solutions, which allows them to join a national marketplace. 

Better Work/Life Balance 

Lastly, an increase in remote resourcing will result in a more pleasant and sustainable work/life balance. The chief reason for this is that operating from home means staff won’t have to commute on a daily basis. For instance, someone with a 30-minute commute to the office will save an astounding 5 hours a week in travel time. And that’s just for a half-hour journey – what about if it takes someone an hour or more to get to work? Also, this is without factoring in the mental grind that a commute can inflict on a person. 

Better yet, with no commute, company staff can afford to wake up later, which, in theory at least, means they’ll get more sleep. Consequently, workers will be healthier, happier, and more energetic. Long-term, they’ll be less likely to burn out or suffer from stress. 

Additionally, teams will have more control over their working day. They’ll largely determine when to operate and when to take breaks, as they won’t necessarily have to conform to a rigid 9-5 schedule. Personnel with families will be able to spend more time with their families: they’ll have the flexibility to do things like pick their children up from school and attend their sporting events. 

All in all, remote resources will have a higher quality of life and feel more content. Consequently, the companies that engage with them will benefit from their increased efficiency and productivity – a true win-win!

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