The Role of Telework in Companies’ Attempts to Ignore the New Executive Order on Work Visas

In the second half of January 2023, North America faces one of its busiest periods in history due to the controversial executive order on work visas, signed by President Trump, which places restrictions on the H-1B visa. This has caused widespread concern amongst companies and startups, as it limits their access to a global pool of talent. Whilst some are apprehensive about the social implications of the order, hiring managers at other organizations remain upbeat. How can they be so sure? This is because these businesses have been at the forefront in recognizing and leveraging the advantages of remote working.

The most beneficial aspect of genuine globalization is that it knows no bounds. Whilst this may be difficult to reconcile with the physical, geographic representation of the world, where politics and economics still adhere to archaic principles, this does not ring true in the virtual realm of the web. Now is an opportune moment to exploit the internet as a platform for the exchange of ideas, values and trusted specialist expertise.

For a considerable amount of time, we have been praising the practice of hiring remote workers due to the vast amount of advantages it brings, ranging from financial efficiency for both employers and employees, to enhancing work-life balance, to providing a more diverse and creative workplace. To put it simply, it leads to a higher overall performance.

An aspect which we failed to mention, as we did not consider it to be of sufficient importance, is that organizations which embrace the adoption of remote workers are also safeguarded from the implications of policies such as President Trump’s executive order regarding work visas.

Free from the Executive Order’s Work Visa Requirements are Remote Workers

The employment of remote workers negates the need for any form of work visa, allowing them to work from any location that provides them with the most comfort and security. This gives businesses the benefit of avoiding the bureaucracy, paperwork and expenses associated with acquiring work visas for overseas employees with high-level skills (known as H-1B visas) from their countries of origin.

It is not necessary to rely on costly recruitment and staff acquisition efforts that could be unexpectedly cancelled due to visa regulations when there are qualified workers from all over the world ready to be identified and recruited.

It is no longer necessary for employees to work in close physical proximity in order to generate a sense of communal business culture. Automatic – a leading example of a successful global corporation – serves to demonstrate that this is not only possible, but can be beneficial for business growth and stability. Furthermore, by embracing a remote working structure, companies can protect themselves against regional risks such as those currently being encountered by many North American businesses.

The removal of national barriers is just one of the many components of globalization. It is all about the free exchange of knowledge and skills. If your organization wishes to fully embrace globalization and become resilient to isolationism, then it should consider taking advantage of the benefits of remote working.

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