If you're a small business owner or in charge of a larger company, chances are that remote staffing, in some cases referred to as offshoring or outsourcing, is not something you've given much thought to. But if you're reading this paragraph, then it's likely that you have at least some interest in the topic.
But whether you’re considering remote staffing or just curious about it, here are some of the most common misconceptions about remote staffing and why they need to be debunked:
Remote staff can't do as good of a job as local staff.
This misconception is based on the idea that because they don't work with other people every day like someone who works in an office would, the remote staff isn't motivated enough to do their best work for your company. The truth? A recent study revealed that employees who worked remotely were 33% more productive than those who are working onsite.
Most offshore remote staff also go through a very rigid selection and training processes with some companies. This means that most offshore staff have the highest level of certifications and work experience to qualify them for the role. At Amped HQ, our team of finance and accounting experts are all Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and trained to handle different technologies. They can do a variety of work such as accounts receivable, accounts payable, bookkeeping, invoicing, taxation, and more.
Remote staff won't be thorough in their work.
The truth is that remote staff are generally even more thorough in their work than onsite employees. That's because remote workers have to compensate for a lack of direct supervision and they tend to have higher levels of accountability.
Remote workers are trained professionals and have handled work for different projects ranging from simple to complex tasks, from clients around the globe in various industries. They have massive experience and given the right orientation, they will be able to do their work thoroughly and at the highest level of quality possible.
Companies that remote staff are usually less well established.
The truth? If a company is remote staffing, it's likely because they are looking at ways to scale faster and increase capacity without the steep costs that are associated with having onsite workers. It just means that they are more focused on operational efficiency. In fact, most successful multinational companies like Shell, IBM, Google, Amazon, JP Morgan & Chase, and others, consider hiring offshore teams to handle a range of tasks from back-office operations to front-end customer-facing roles.
On the other hand, companies who choose remote staffing are more likely to be well established than those who don’t. Because they focus on strategically planning their capacity so they can increase their business operations and add more value to their clients.
A remote staffing company is not the same as a remote job board.
The truth? There are remote job boards and remote staffing companies, but they serve different functions in the marketplace. Job boards tend to focus on connecting workers to jobs, while remote staffing companies provide recruitment solutions for clients who need help finding or vetting remote workers.
Another difference is that remote staffing companies specialize in functional roles such as finance and accounting. This means that they carry industry experience and knowledge in profiling and matching you with the right remote staff.
In conclusion, remote staffing is a growing trend around the world, and it's only going to continue. It’s important that companies take advantage of this opportunity by hiring remote staff.
The common misconceptions about remote staffing are they can't do as good as a local staff, remote staff won't be thorough with their work, companies who hire remote staff aren't well established, or that working from home means you're just doing what your computer tells you to do and not using any real cognitive skills (like critical thinking). This couldn’t be further from the truth!
Working remotely requires careful planning for how people will communicate across different time zones--and if done right provides opportunities for increased productivity and fewer distractions at work.
Remote staffing, while not perfect for every company or project, is still a great alternative to hiring in-house employees. There are many misconceptions about remote staff that need to be cleared up before anyone makes the decision of whether this could work for their business model. For those who have any doubts on how well it will go, we’ll do all the legwork and give you our honest opinion with no strings attached! Simply to talk to one of our experts book a call to talk to one of our experts