Only 65% of companies allow their employees to work remotely.
Let this sink in.
Does it shock you? If no, it should. Here’s the reason why.
100% of companies – or very close to 100% – encourage and accept remote client communication and management through digital ways. However, less than two-thirds of all businesses would give their staff the same advantage. Surprisingly enough, the explanations that businesses serve their employees to justify office presence are not always convincing.
47% of companies say employees should work in an office because it’s what’s expected.
23% complain that if employees are not in the office, they can’t have effective interactions.
18% believe that you have to sit in the vicinity of your manager to be more productive.
But in reality, countless businesses have proven that virtual offices can be productive, engaged and professional. And there’s something else about virtual offices: They can avoid you a lot of office-based troubles!
Poor health and safety issues
Tripping on a loose cable in the office. Falling on the slippery floor in the work bathroom. Hurting your back to carry heavy objects to your desk. These are only some of the possible cases of injuries in the workplace. In fact, more often than not, if an employee has been injured at work, there is the opportunity for them to make a claim – especially when the injury can be linked to a health and safety fault. In other words, when you run a physical office, you might have to be confronted with compensation payments, legal issues, and other H&S complications. A virtual office doesn’t require any safety audit when it comes to your team, which removes one of the crucial responsibilities of the entrepreneur.
Difficulties of recruitment
How do you attract the best of local talents to your company? It’s a common question for most business owners. Indeed, making your business attractive to potential employees is hard work, especially when you’re not based in a popular location. It can be tricky to find the talent you need in your region, and unless you’ve got exceptional perks, it’s impossible to convince candidates to relocate for the job. That’s precisely where virtual offices are ahead of the competition. With the prospect of working from anywhere as long as you’ve got a secure connection, hiring the talent you need becomes a child’s play.
High costs of premises
How much does a physical office cost? For a lot of small companies, the answer is evident: too much. Indeed, downsizing and relocation are typical solutions to reduce your premises expenses in the long term. But moving premises can also cost you some employees, who prefer to find a new job closer to their house than follow you. Ultimately, with a virtual office you don’t have to pay any rent or tax related to your location. More importantly, you don’t have to worry about your team expanding – and how to fit everyone in the same office. Besides, interior design and office equipment are nothing you have to worry about.
The bottom line is that, in a specific context, a virtual office gives you the competitive edge on the market that you can’t get with physical premises. The main question that is left to answer is how to make 35% of companies understand the opportunity they’re missing?