While hiring a virtual employee can have a lot of benefits, there are some disadvantages associated with hiring them. These include:
- Lack of communication: There is no face to face interaction, it can be hard to communicate effectively. In a typical workplace, you can pop into someone’s office to ask a question, but with virtual employees, it is difficult to get in touch if they’re not by their phone or computer right when you need them.
- Different Time Zones: If you hire someone in a different country or even someone in the same country but several states away, there can be time zone issues. That can make scheduling meetings difficult. If you hire someone on the other side of the world, it can make teleconferences impossible if they’re working opposite schedules.
- Hard to Manage and Maintain Accountability: Virtual employees aren’t working in the same building as you. That can make it harder to manage them and monitor how they work. If they’re paid hourly, how do you know that they’re actually working when they say there are? There is a lot of trust placed in virtual employees so it’s important to check in with them frequently.
- Security Concerns: There are also security concerns that come with hiring virtual employees. If remote employees have access to a VPN that provides full access to your systems and files, the loss of a laptop can create significant security concerns. There is also the risk of data leaks and employees stealing information. Anytime you store data online, you are exposed to potential vulnerabilities.