Hi Ho, Hi Ho, We’re Off to Work at Home

Video interviews have a direct impact on contingency and teleworking. There, I said it. They create a culture of teleworking by allowing candidates to interview from home, no matter how far their living room is from your office. 50 million Americans have jobs that enable them to work from home, saving the company $11,000 per person who does in fact work from home. What about the contingent teleworkforce? That working group is growing as well, and the future looks conducive to the idea of working from home.

Video Interviews Play a Part

“I sometimes find that in interviews you learn more about yourself than the person learned about you.” - William Shatner

The developments in technology instigated the change in the workforce. As children, we are conditioned to believe we will grow up to believe the typical workday is in fact, typical. The fiber optic cables and electrical wires that can transmit an image across thousands of miles changed the way we think about interviews. Video interviews altered the way companies see interpersonal communication.

Humans communicate in more than just the words we use. Non-verbal indicators like eye contact, tone of voice, posture, and facial expression account for 93% of communication. So, how could a phone interview with a distant candidate give an accurate portrayal of a candidate’s fit for a job? It really can’t give a full image. And since video interviews save up to 67% on travel costs, it makes sense that companies are more willing to use them compared to the traditional face-to-face interviews.

Your Contingency is Showing

“The world changed from having the determinism of a clock to having the contingency of a pinball machine.” - Heinz R. Pagels

The 9-5 schedule is a fleeting notion in the contemporary office. Flexibility is a growing desire for the incoming workforce. Contingency is in, my friends, and your company’s life depends on it. Temporary and part-time employees aren’t a new concept for companies to save money, but more workers are looking towards these kinds of positions. And if you’re looking to interview candidates who are being hired for temporary positions, it makes more sense to screen them with a service that saves your company time and money. I mean, that’s why you’re hiring temporary employees anyway, right?

The idea of the digitally “folding the map” to place two distant cities next to each other surpasses just the video interview. Employees want greater flexibility at work, and sometimes prefer to fall under the definition of a contractor versus an employee. Hong Kong and the United States currently take the leaderboard with the highest ranked levels of contingency, and it is still a growing percentage. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the contingent workforce to grow 23% by 2020.

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to telework we go…

“When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”- Henry J. Kaiser

Unlike the dwarves in Snow White, teleworkers don’t have to interrupt their work with traveling to the office. The appeal of working from home is gaining favor among employees, therefore momentum among employers. 80% of employers allow their workforce to telework. In fact 49% of employees telework one day per week; due to the development in office technology. Studies show, employees who work from home experience lower stress levels, heightened morale, lower absenteeism, and improved productivity. So why not let them work from home?

Video interviewing gives you the digital advantage.

It’s an unavoidable technological advancement. Video interviews are on the rise along with the percentages of the contingent and teleworking community. So is your company prepared to embrace the changes? If not, it’s time to catch up to your corporate counterparts, because these trends aren’t simply trends anymore… They are the new nature of the workforce.

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Julie Salerno, VP of Sales, Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at GreenJobInterview, is a talented professional who provides GreenJobInterview's sales team with strategic leadership and guidance that has helped more than 300 of the world’s leading organizations discover global talent through cloud-based virtual interviewing solutions, which reduce time and costs associated with scheduling and conducting interviews.

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