2017 marked the most expensive year in US history when it comes to natural disaster costs. The economic loss from 2017’s Hurricane Florence alone is estimated to be upwards of of 20 billion dollars. More than just the economic impact, however, is the business and community impact of these weather events.
So, what can businesses do to be better prepared for such weather events? Having a remote and geographically distributed workforce can help businesses be nimbler and minimize disruptions. Remote workers can be a great strategy for a business, whether it is to improve business continuity, get workforce flexibility or simply reduce operational costs.
Beyond Business Continuity: Be Prepared
Improving business continuity is just one advantage of having a remote workforce. Here are some others.
Recruit Better Talent: If your business offers remote positions, you can simply spread your recruitment net a lot wider. Think national as opposed to just looking for talent within a 10 to 15-mile radius of your physical office. Whether it is finding candidates who can speak a particular language or have certain industry certifications or are users of certain brands – having a nationalized recruitment approach will significantly increase your chances of finding that perfect employee.
Better Work Life Balance: Gone are the days when a work day consisted of fighting with your alarm clock in the morning, eating your breakfast on the go as you navigate the morning commute and taking that end of day conference call in the car to avoid the evening rush. Gallup estimates that almost 51% of employees would switch to a job that allows them flextime. Remote jobs are ideal for this and can provide the flexibility that employees look for. This flexibility results in a better work life balance for the employees translating into a happier work force, lower attrition and higher productivity.
Sutherland is a process transformation company and has successfully utilized a remote worker strategy to provide services for its clients. Learn more.