Reasons Why Companies Avoid Virtual Employees

Think about how companies operate today. Office space is rented and work areas are equipped. People are hired, assigned work, and given specific work hours. As the work progresses, supervisors walk through to ensure goals are accomplished. Since everyone appears to be busy, the big bosses are happy.

However, a virtual office is much different. Depending on the electronic tools used, supervisors can see at what point virtual employees are logged into the computer system, but they may not know if they are working or watching their favorite soap operas. There are ways to measure work, but the idea that someone may be comfortable at home while the office-bound supervisor works away is quite a mental adjustment.

From the company's point of view, virtual workers upset proven business practices. Supervisors see the disadvantages as:

▲ The company cannot tell who is working and who is not. Supervisors are nervous because they are still accountable for their teams' productive output. Lazy employees in the office are obvious. Dis-

A virtual work force helps companies to fulfill their Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy by employing homebound workers and reducing air pollution.

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