The rise in global businesses and modern technology are driving the boom in remote working according to Hays, the leading recruiting expert.
More organisations than ever before are encouraging their employees to work remotely in a bid to increase productivity, cut costs and improve employees’ motivation by giving them a better work life balance. In the latest Hays Journal, the recruiter explores how technology is fuelling changing working patterns and locations.
Using the latest mobile tools, video conferencing, laptops, smart phones and tablets, employees can liaise with colleagues and clients from home, a customer’s office or further afield in business centres or internet cafés. There has also been an increase in virtual offices, which allows employees to work from any location. Some countries have been quicker to recognise the benefits of remote working than others, with Germany, Britain and the Netherlands leading the way in Europe in teleworking, aided by high speed broadband and other wireless access.
Remote working can transform the way globally dispersed employees work together. It will also mean that companies will need to recruit more quickly because there will be more competition for the best people who no longer need to live near or commute to the office.
Barney Ely, Director at Hays says, “There has been a clear shift in both employee and employer attitudes to remote working. However, clear guidelines are needed to ensure the change in working patterns suit both parties. Employees must follow the same rules as those working in an office, including treating company information as confidential and keeping equipment and data safe. It is still important to hold periodic face-to-face and virtual meetings to prevent staff becoming disconnected or less engaged in the company culture. HR directors must also consider how central office workers will respond to teleworking colleagues. It is also worth bearing in mind that not everyone will function well working alone and companies should have policies in place to deal with this.”
To access the Hays Journal please visit: www.hays-journal.com
Hays plc (the "Group") is a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.
As at 31 December 2011, the Group employed 7,988 staff operating from 247 offices in 32 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2011:
– the Group reported net fees of £672 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £114 million;
– the Group placed around 60,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 190,000 people into temporary assignments;
– 31% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 33% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 36% in the United Kingdom & Ireland;
– the temporary placement business represented 54% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 46% of net fees
– Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA
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