Telecommuting as a Recruiting Tool
Recruiting IT professionals in these times of record-low unemployment along with a booming industry can prove to be challenging. They (The) old recruiting approaches of not too long ago are not enough to keep businesses flush with applicant flow. Hiring managers have to use creative ways to attract top talent. Telecommuting could be a valuable tool. It can be attractive to potential employees, and it can expand your pool of candidates. In the past a candidate needed to live near their job or hit the company with hefty relocation expenses. Telecommuting tears down geographic boundaries potentially giving you more options. Here are three ways telecommuting can become an important recruiting tool for your company.
In the early days of telecommuting many employers were skeptical. They worried that productivity would plummet without physically overseeing their staff. Now that we have a lot of experience, and data, with employees working from home we can see that the opposite is true. According to a survey conducted by the National Work / Life Balance Project, both managers and employees overwhelmingly said that they experienced productivity increases when they implemented telecommuting. A separate study by Stanford University also found that employee productivity showed a remarkable increase with telecommuting.
Improved Employee Satisfaction
We talk a lot about work-life balance and how important it is to create a work environment that fosters employee satisfaction. Workers who telecommute report job satisfaction rates that soar above their cubicle clad colleagues. The main reasons cited for this improvement are no long commutes and the ability to handle problems at home. It’s easy to see the benefits of not having to endure long daily commutes. Less time on the road equals more personal time. Employees also enjoy being able to handle problems at home, like not having to take a personal day to meet the cable installation technician.
Telecommuting can be good for your bottom line. According to the Telework Research Network, employers save approximately $10,000 for every team member who works from home. Office space, parking fees, and office equipment are very expensive. In addition, companies can realize reduced recruiting costs when using telecommuting as a recruiting and retention tool.
As telecommuting has matured, we have gained a lot of valuable information about its usefulness. It may be just what you need to improve your recruiting efforts.
Danielle Foppe is a Recruitment Manager at Business Centric Technology. If you are interested in learning more about how to get the best IT talent in the Dallas metroplex, contact Danielle specializes in recruiting IT talent in Dallas, Ft. Worth and North Texas. If you are looking for a rewarding career contact us today.