Telework Recruitment

Telework is a modern work method where employees use information technology and telecommunication devices to work remotely from home or near home. Telework replaces the need to commute to the office on a daily basis and ensures smooth flow of work since employees can keep in touch with the entire team via modern communication channels. The workers can work remotely all through or they could have specified days when they can do that. In essence it has advantages both for the employees and employers. 

Hiring the right people

Employers have to put in place measures to ensure that they have the right people in the right teams. The first option is to give a psychometric test to all potential employees. These are tests that measure the employee's abilities while giving reliable information on their behaviour. The employers can therefore tell the intelligence, emotional intelligence, ability to work under pressure or in a team and many more characters.

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Employers may also arrange for interviews that make use of teleconferencing facilities. Besides this the use of reputable recruitment agencies in different parts of the world will also ensure that all employees fit the organisational culture and have what it takes to achieve results.

Advantages for employees

First, employees do not have to spend valuable time commuting to and from work especially in areas where there are heavy traffic jams. The time saved can be used for productive work. In addition, these commutes are tiresome especially for employees who have to take several trains or buses to work. With telework, they stay refreshed improving their productivity. It also eliminates the financial costs of commuting to and from work on a daily basis. Employees are able to work in a space they are comfortable in while those who have children have a chance to work and still be with their children. This highly reduces the stress levels leading to higher productivity.

Advantages for employers

The first is that the employer has access to a wide pool of talent either within or outside their town. This means that the employer has the discretion to work with people who may be from far flung areas but have unique skills and experiences that could change the organisation. In addition, since the employer may not have a physical office or the office may be used rarely, the overhead costs of the organisation are much lower than when the company does not allow telework. Employees have access to their work stations at any time of the night. They may therefore put in extra hours when need be just to finish off the projects or when there are strict deadlines.

Disadvantages for the employees

There is limited or lack of face to face interactions among team members. This may affect the team dynamics since there is lack of the human touch. Employees may also feel isolated from the world since they only leave their homes or work stations when need arises. This may demotivate employees. In addition to this, some employees may not have a suitable area they could work from and this may affect their work.

Disadvantages for the employer

In cases where the employer is required to provide equipment to employees, the costs of operation may be high but in most cases, employees use their own equipment for work. It is easier for some people to be distracted while at home especially if they do not have appropriate work stations. This may limit their productivity and the success of the firm.

Whether telework is good for the organisation or not is quite subjective. The organisation should analyse the benefits and the cons and weigh them carefully before the decision is made. The same applies for employees who may be considering telework.