As a small business owner, you may be considering using virtual workers to expand your workforce. A virtual worker is an employee who uses technology to complete their duties outside of the traditional workplace setting.
Many businesses today find this workforce model attractive for several reasons. For one, having a virtual business work model allows employers to reduce the cost of housing all their workers in a physical location, thereby drastically reducing overhead. Additionally, employers find that hiring virtual workers will enable them to expand their search for talent beyond geographic limitations. This means that an employer can choose from a wide range of potential prospects and select the individual(s) who are best suited for the position, regardless of the applicants’ physical locations.
Another benefit of a virtual workforce is the flexibility provided to employees. Many virtual workers and those hoping to become virtual workers express great pleasure in the ability to work from home or in other non-traditional environments, like a coffee shop. Certain studies also suggest this flexibility results in increased productivity amongst employees.
But remember that virtual workers are workers first. Many of the same regulations that apply to regular workers apply to virtual workers too. There are a few additional risks that arise when a business owner adopts a virtual workforce. Here are a few essential considerations to remember when hiring virtual workers for your business.
The use of a well-developed employee handbook is helpful in any work environment but can be especially valuable in a virtual one. A company handbook can document and explain the fundamental policies described as they pertain to your workforce regardless of where virtual workers complete their duties.
If you are on the verge of hiring virtual employees and would like assistance navigating the rules or developing a company handbook, we are here to help. We can keep you informed and advise you about the best method to build your workforce legally. To set up a consultation, call our office today.
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