Your company is only as good as the people you hire. What’s hiring got to do with virtual offices? Well, 60% of job candidates rank flexible work arrangements (which can be facilitated by virtual offices) as the top way to impact workplace engagement in a positive manner. In other words, job candidates, and probably your employees, like virtual office options and offering a flexible work option could be enough to get a job candidate to choose your open position over your competitor’s. Here’s how a Sioux Falls virtual office, or any virtual office, can help your company find better candidates for its open positions.
Virtual Offices are Great for Specialized Skillsets
Although many jobs can function with telecommuting, certain types of jobs and skillsets are better suited than others, and are the fastest growing when it comes to virtual office options. A 2011 survey from FlexJobs founds that the following three positions were the fastest-growing telecommuting positions:
- Graphic Design
Not everyone can work in graphic design or engineering as those fields take a lot of specialized education and training. Because of this, they can be very difficult positions to fill and it may take your company a while to find the right the right graphic designer or engineer. However, if you consider virtual offices and a telecommuting option, then you can not only find better candidates by offering the option but increase your chances of having a great candidate take your job offer. With specialized positions like these, great candidates are likely to receive multiple offers, and your offer gives this person the chance to work from home that might be enough incentive for them to take your offer.
Virtual Offices also Work in Traditional Industries and Categories
It’s a misconception that telecommuting and Sioux Falls virtual offices only work in the technology, social media, and ecommerce industries. According to that same 2011 survey from Flexjobs, the top with the most flexible jobs were:
- Medical & Health
- Computer & IT
Even though computer & IT is a very tech-savvy industry, almost any company has sales and administrative positions while the medical and education industries are well-established and not going away anytime soon. The point is that virtual offices aren’t reserved for certain industries and they don’t only work for certain types of positions. If you or your organization has been avoiding virtual offices because you believed that they wouldn’t work for your industry, then you may have been losing candidates because they’ve been opting to apply and to work for those in your industry that do offer flexible work options.
Understand How a Virtual Employee is Different from One in the Office
Flexible work options are a great benefit to offer, but if you fail to find the right people to work in this environment, or if you don’t manage the work and the employee in the right way, then simply offering the benefit isn’t going to solve your problem of finding and keeping great candidates. They’ll leave within months of being hired, and you’ll be stuck with the same problems you might have had before offering telecommuting. With virtual offices, one thing that you need to evaluate in candidates (so that you hire the best one) is the ability to handle remote work. This means you need someone who is independent, self-motivated, conscientious, and comfortable working in social isolation; not just someone who has the right work experience or the appropriate degree. Successful hiring and recruiting takes time, and part of that times needs to be spent figuring out what it takes to last in a virtual position.
Overall, virtual offices aren’t a silver bullet to hiring and recruiting problems. But, if they fit with your company culture, with the positions you need to fill, and with the direction you want to take your organization, then considering virtual offices as part of your company and what you offer your employees may not be a bad idea.