It is 8:00 am and a technical recruiter rolls out of his bed and prepares for work. His routine is the same as any other day, breakfast, coffee, and sports page. He begins his commute… one flight down the stairs to the basement and twelve steps across the carpeted floor to his personal IT staffing office.
Why it works
IT recruiters will typically experience less stress working at home than in the office. Efficiency levels can improve with a nixed commute, flexible schedule, and less office distractions, perks for both IT recruiting companies as well as employees. Recruiters may also spend more or less time on lunch and breaks, making time up later in the day when they are feeling more productive and improving output.
Working from home not only benefits the employees, but also IT recruiting agencies. Technical staffing companies will spend less on office expenses such as supplies and energy bills. Employee retention rates may improve as technical recruiters are more satisfied with their working conditions.
Why it does not work
Working from home has a number of perks, but with added benefits come restraints. IT staffing firms thrive on team work, but working at home is less personable than sharing an office or having a cubicle neighbor. The recruiter may miss office gatherings and water cooler chat, making the recruiter feel left out or less part of a team.
Working when the recruiter feels like it can be a disruptive routine. Poor habits and distractions will catch up to him and he could fall behind in work. The recruiter may also become so consumed with work that he cannot separate his work from his personal life.
How to manage
When recruiters work from home, they should create a designated work space and turn off all distractions. Try shutting the door and notifying others when busy. Changing into work clothes can help to get in the office mode, too. By having a consistent routine, recruiters will be more apt to manage time and tackle tasks.
AVID Technical Resources
AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.