Does working from home really work? Hiring a virtual team has its set of advantages and disadvantages. While it helps reduce costs and maximizes time, this setup poses great risks. Especially in areas of communication, employee productivity, and more importantly, in producing results. To help you decide if having a virtual staff in the Philippines is good for your business, here’s a quick rundown of the advantages and disadvantages:
- Lower costs. Now you won’t have to worry about leasing space, paying monthly for electricity and internet, and investing capital into computers. At the same time, you can also reduce employee costs as the virtual setup gives you access to employees with the same talent level , but lower costs. For example, a normal wage for a freelance writer in California would be $150 for a 500-word article (around $1-$3 per word), while a Filipino employee could write a 500-word article with the same quality at $12.
- Maximized time and effort. Instead of constantly dealing with traffic and spending for daily commute, this setup allows employers and employees to spend less time and effort in traveling. They can instead use it for work productivity. This is extremely beneficial especially for parents who need to look after children and for individuals who live far. Another bonus of this setup is the reduction of pollution in the environment.
- Greater productivity. You can reduce the chance of having unproductive meetings as well as distractions in the office. In fact, this Stanford study shows that there is 13% productivity increase when employees work remotely. Another plus is easier implementation of a 24-hour work day due to the time zone difference. You can use your virtual team in the Philippines to handle accounts that involve night shift operations in your country.
- Communication issues. Because of cultural differences, distance, and minor language barriers, ensuring that instructions are clearly understood and properly implemented by the team can be more difficult. This, however, can be avoided by organizing regular meetings and fostering strong one-to-one relationships. Managers can also create interdependent tasks and develop partnerships among the team to create rapport and prevent isolation.
- Lack of trust. You can’t monitor your employees during work hours, which is why a delayed email or an issue in production easily breeds distrust within the team. Using monitoring tools and setting a daily quota can prevent this scenario. Showcasing the members’ achievements through constant feedback and communication can also help in building trust and increasing participation within the team.
To achieve the highest returns, one must deal with increased risks. Having a virtual team may have its set of disadvantages, but if it is properly implemented, you can reap huge benefits and improve your business profits. Should you need help in setting up your own virtual office, contact KMC Solutions today. We provide outsourcing and offshoring solutions that can help startups and small businesses find a effective and reliable virtual staff. Contact us today!