13 August 2017


 August 13, 2017
Category Virtual Employee

Is it about time employers shifted from having face-to-face workers to virtual employees? Do you think your employees are as productive as you expect by having them up in the office from morning till evening with serious faces on? Research by Harris Interactive has shown that face-to-face employees are effective in 50 percent of their working time. As an employer with over 50 employees face-to-face and virtual employees, I see it is worth a change and have a feeling of what the other side has got to offer. As a result of proper research by UIZ, as Virtual Assistance (VA) service provider, virtual employees unsurprisingly produced a relatively better work result. In this article, we will be comparing the two counterparts and asses where the Virtual Employees have an edge when it comes to the benefit of a company.

A virtual employee is an independent contractor that offers outsourced business assistance and provides virtual assistance services, it should be known that a virtual employee is not your regular employee and therefore you can decide how much you want the service and when. To learn more about virtual assistance (VA), please contact us. Less of a need to define face-to-face employees as they are simply the traditional full-time workers.

Brought forward are four major reasons why virtual employees have an edge over the traditional face-to-face employees.

1. Managerial costs when having face-to-face employee vs virtual employees

As a tradition, the first category to consider as an employer is economical sector and in this category, virtual employment prove very beneficial to the company without requiring much thoughts. The less the employees you have on sight, the less the space you will need to accommodate them. That’s directly related to saving the cost of affording more office space as some of the work will be done away. Proof from the website dealing with workplace data analysis, shows that the company, Antenna saves over 10 million dollars every year through this way. Then comes the reduction of cost through facilities at work. When you have a workplace, you are obliged to facilitate it and that could be costly depending on the size of the workplace. Other costs avoided include getting health insurance and or liability insurance for your workers which you will not have to worry about for the virtual employees.

To your advantage, flexibility in salary payment opens room for effective use of money as you would only pay the virtual employees for the work agreed in contract. This will restrict you in paying for the unproductive 50 percent of time your on-site workers will be spending at the office.

2. Work effectiveness of face-to-face vs virtual employees

As an employer, I believe you have encountered “Tradition familiarity disease” in some or all your employees at varying severities. Tradition familiarity is when a worker gets used to the tradition they find at work and blend in the community. For example, workers’ regular reduction in efficiency will not be saved by their boss being hard on them. This is because they get used to him that he will be hard today and not tomorrow, especially if one looks around the colleagues and finds out that he or she is still the one working harder than rest. This is due to workplace familiarity and things will always be done the way they have been even when you will need other work pieces to be done either quicker or with greater attention. Having virtual employees will save you big time as they will be new and constantly changing, they will keep in mind that you have only crossed paths because you wanted a certain work to be done by the right persons. This will also make them do it in the best conceivable way so that you come back for their service again. They take very piece of work as their advertisement they cannot spare. There is the same advantage of virtual team work over face-to-face team work as unnecessary communication between the team members is restricted. In this way, Virtual employees have proved to be more effective than the face-to-face workers.

3. Hiring flexibility between face-to-face and virtual employees

The significant difference which distinguishes between face-to-face and virtual employees are the terms in the contract signed. The face-to-face or on-sight employers are contracted to work for a specific period usually, in terms of years. For the virtual employees however, the contracts are signed based on the projects or tasks to be completed. As seen, once you are in a contract with on-sight employee your hands are tied no matter the work they will be doing, but for virtual employee, it depends on the work, if they either will not go by the time limit, or quality of work, they will have terminated the contract and there you will be able to look for and hire a better team for your project. You will just have to make sure you include favourable terms for you in the contract.

4. Chances of getting better professionals among the two counterparts: face-to-face vs virtual employees

When you want to hire an on-site worker, you will be limited in the search and you will mostly get workers from your local area which is not guaranteed to be having professionals with all the qualities you will be looking for. Looking for virtual employees on the contrary, will give you more options as you will be looking for the right employees with the qualities you will need from the entire world. It is obvious that you will be having a better chance in getting better professionals for virtual employment than face-to-face.

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