Does physical proximity of talent matter, when you can find better skills at a lower cost working remotely

In these competitive and fast-paced times, any innovation becomes outdated even before it gets executed.

Therefore, many organizations are competing to create an innovation that can widen their market base and improve their customer base. To think and implement modern innovative ideas, an organization will require a strong team to improve their working methodologies.

Since an organization requires a world-class team, they rely on talents from the global market. With growing refinement in the telecommunication domain, many companies are daring to explore the virtual platform to unite people who are experts in the respective market across the globe.

How physical proximity of talent matter to an organization?

In simple words, we can define a team as a group of individual people working to achieve a common predefined goal.

There can be two types of teams, they are

1) Co-located team: this team consists of people who are working in physical proximity inside an organization

2) Virtual team: this team consists of people working virtually for the organization united by a shared goal.

With the help of the physical proximity of talent, an organization can achieve face to face discussions on various aspects, which would build strong bonding between employees and the employer. These events may eventually lead an organization into a success story.

But if you observe, since there is the physical proximity of talent, the organization cannot leverage world-class or advanced products or services since they are working in a local hub that restricts them in designing products or services of global standards.

Disadvantages of choosing physical proximity of talent

1) Organizations cannot deliver world-class services or products since they work with a complete local team.

2) Consider you are running an organization successfully in your country. So you plan to expand the business in other foreign countries as well. In this situation, you will face complications while hiring for the physical proximity of talent.

Major two problems are:

i) Complications in setting up a new office include, budget for setting up a new office space, employee salaries, office maintenance, ETC.

ii) Time consuming to find the right resource you can depend on, who can run your organization in the respective country.

To overcome all of these disadvantages, you can adapt to virtual teams.

How remote workers / virtual team can benefit an organization?

In this current competitive market, organizations demand agility and flexibility in the delivery of services or products. With modern information and communication technologies, any organization can build and manage virtual teams easily.

Due to heavy competition, organizations strive hard to hire the right resources. A virtual team structure helps an organization to leverage available talents across the globe.

With the help of remote workers, organizations are finding a reduction in operating costs, which was one of the concerns when they opted for physical proximity. Apart from this, an organization would receive an enormous amount of knowledge sharing among the employers promotes organizational learning.

Since virtual teams have people from different parts of the globe, organizations can expand their business 24/7 by utilizing different time zones.

The effectiveness of remote working got recognized during COVID-19 pandemic time. By looking at the productivity of the employees, companies were very much happy. Hence, they are planning to extend remote work culture even after a vaccine is available for this pandemic.

Top companies like USPTO, Tulsa Remote, Tata Consultancy Services, Twitter, Facebook, Shopify, Siemens, State Bank of India, Etc have already planned to continue remote working even after a vaccine is available.[1]

Even though virtual teams mostly rely on communication technologies, it is just not limited to the IT industry. Today industries like manufacturing, healthcare, retail also depend on a virtual team. Nowadays, in any organization, almost all the work related to various departments like sales, R&D, finance, engineering, logistics, HR ETC are handled successfully by virtual teams.

Any organization's success depends on two main factors, i.e., productivity and quality of the service they offer and the product they design. When an organization hires a virtual team, it can sustain global competition since they can quickly learn from people across different geographic locations and quickly develop or provide a world-class service or product.

How can you find the right resources who can work for you remotely?

When it comes to finding the right resources, you want to find employees who have the appropriate skills and knowledge.

But it would be best if you also found the right candidate who can fit with the team and environment and who can take up your business to the next level. That too, if you want to hire a candidate remotely, then it will be a cumbersome task.

How about if you have a separate team that ultimately manages all your remote people hiring activities? Does this sound good to you?

Yes, now there is an employer of record called PEO service (Professional Employment Organization), where you can rely on an organization that will completely take care of building your team with appropriate resources.

In simple words, by opting for this service, an organization enters into a joint-employment relationship with an employer by leasing employees to the employer.

By opting for PEO services, you as an organization have the following benefits:

1) No capital investment, allowing companies close down, if the strategy does not work for them.

2) Spend more time focusing on improving your core business and deriving the productivity from the resource pool.

3) Companies can be up and running with a team in weeks bypassing many of the statutory and regulatory requirements.


Remote workers and virtual teams are here to stay far beyond the Covid era. With this setup, companies have the opportunity of harnessing the best talent a few miles away or a continent away.

But companies are often challenged with hiring and managing of virtual teams along with other statutory hurdles when it comes to hiring resources in foreign countries. In such situations, an arrangement such a PEO service can be a low risk alternative to companies by finding the right talent at a lower cost and without the troubles of managing their welfare.

About InfoPro Solutions:

InfoPro Solutions with offices in India and US, it provides recruitment service, human resource services, and offers a process driven PEO services for companies based in US and EU that like to make use of the vast technical talent pool that exist in India.

InfoPro has been providing recruitment services for 20 years and since 2018 it has been an employer of record for many companies in the US, managing teams of around 20 resources - their hires, welfare, payrolls, taxes, and exits.

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