There is no getting away from the fact that the working landscape has changed dramatically within the past couple of months. More people are working from home than ever before. While in some industries it is simply not possible to work from home, there are plenty of other sectors and job positions whereby working from home has not hindered their productivity or the results produced. Because of this, we may see that some positions transition to being fully home-based or at least partially so.
Covid-19 has turned the economy on its head. The advice from the government has been to work from home where possible. The vast majority of office-based jobs can be conducted from home, and so the transition has been fairly easy. Of course, there are a few hurdles to overcome, such as data security and access to online tools. Overall, though, a lot of businesses have found that they are still able to provide their services and cater to their customers’ needs.
In fact, there have even been examples whereby businesses have found themselves in a position whereby they are able to improve their offering by taking advantage of a home-based workforce. For example, they have been able to operate a more flexible approach to employee hours. Companies, where employees have worked typical 9-to-5 schedules, have been able to allow employees to adapt their hours to the company’s benefit. This means that the business can be online for longer, helping its customers in the evenings and earlier in the mornings too.
Of course, if businesses were to embrace remote working, they would also be able to lower their costs significantly as well. This is because they would have fewer expenses associated with the day-to-day running of their business. Moving to a fully remote workforce would eliminate rent, electricity, and all of the other costs that come with this. Nevertheless, simply scaling down the number of employees that work on-site would help reduce such daily expenses.
That’s not to say that there aren’t going to be any hurdles. Data security is one area that businesses will need to address, as well as collaboration, although online tools make this easier than ever before. However, with strict social distancing rules likely to be the norm for quite some time now, it’s not hard to see why moving to a virtual workforce is becoming more and more tempting for a lot of business owners.
Covid-19 has changed workforces and the way we work forever. It could be time to utilise remote workers more going forward. While some businesses may have struggled to implement a work-from-home policy, there are a lot of others that have been able to fully embrace this change and they have actually noticed a number of benefits along the way. Because of this, it is likely that we are going to see a lot of businesses look into the prospect of making this a permanent way of working, rather than just a temporary one.
Virtual Assistants are already accustomed to working remotely and bring with them a wide skillset and access to a wider pool of resources to support their client’s business. Many business owners are now seeking the support of a VA as they realise that not only does a VA bring great flexibility, but hiring a VA is also a great cost-saving measure, as there are no additional costs/overheads to pay.
If you think you and your business could benefit from working with a VA, contact Becky at Your Productive PA to discuss your needs.