Remote work, that is, the ability to work from anywhere at any time, is a global work movement with many supporters. According to a Forbes estimate, 50% of the US workforce was predicted to work remotely (Radocchia, 2018). In Europe, remote workers have increased from 7.7% to 9.8% in the last decade (Hogarty, 2019). In addition, many leading companies today offer full or part-time remote work. This article will examine some benefits of working remotely for employees and businesses.
Higher quality and productivity
Remote work allows employees to spend more time with family and loved ones and maintain an excellent work-life balance. Many studies report that this is necessary to feel more satisfied with one's job. And happier employees deliver higher quality work. Additionally, working in open-plan offices can often be less productive due to distractions and a general lack of privacy.
More time to work
Many workers, especially those living in larger cities, can spend hundreds of hours commuting to and from work a year. So naturally, this commute causes mental and physical stress and takes time, which is precious for those with heavy workloads. But, as we mentioned above, saving time also improves productivity.
Flexible workplace arrangements also have financial benefits for both employers and employees. For example, businesses can reduce their utility costs or budget for workplace snacks and activities by reducing the number of people working in the office. On the other hand, employees can save a significant amount on commuting expenses, buying clothes for their work and the cost of meals. In addition, many businesses choose to locate their offices in large cities with high living costs. Therefore, telecommuting allows employees to work from less expensive facilities and save money, ensuring a better quality of life.
More hiring options
Companies adopting remote working have more options for hiring new staff. Employers are no longer limited to hiring people who live close to the office or who are willing to relocate to a different city than where they live. Telecommuting allows businesses to find the ideal candidate, regardless of where they live and save money on relocation benefits.
Fewer sick days
Working while you have a cold or an upset stomach may not be as tricky if you work from home. Most of the time, employees who feel sick can work as expected as long as they are not required to go to their office. Staying home also prevents the spread of viruses at work.
Remote work is essentially independent of time and physical space. Emphasising performance over work time and location and focusing on worker autonomy and accountability for results rather than work time. So, apart from your Office, you can work from the comfort of your home, your favourite beach or any part of the world you feel most productive.
We have the technology
Indeed, remote work offers increased flexibility and autonomy to employees. Technologies like video conferencing, collaboration platforms, and cloud services keep people connected and allow them to organise meetings, collaborate, and complete crucial projects anytime, anywhere.
Digital transformation shows businesses worldwide that employees don't need to be confined to an office to work effectively. And with so many digital tools available, employees can collaborate and communicate remotely. At the same time, employers can track their progress and supervise their work.
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Radocchia, S., 2018. 50% Of The U.S. Workforce Will Soon Be Remote. Here's How Founders Can Manage Flexible Working Styles. [online] Forbes. Available at: <https://www.forbes.com/sites/samantharadocchia/2018/07/31/50-of-the-us-workforce-will-soon-be-remote-heres-how-founders-can-manage-flexible-working-styles/>.
Hogarty, S., 2019. How remote working is transforming business culture in Europe. [online] wework Ideas. Available at: <https://www.wework.com/ideas/professional-development/management-leadership/how-remote-working-is-transforming-business-culture-in-europe>.
About the author: Christos Zacharopoulos
Christos Zacharopoulos studied Computer Networks and Security at the University of Derby in the United Kingdom and graduated with First Class Honours. He has been working in the IT field for over 20 years now. He is the CEO and Founder of OpenShop Foundation, a provider of integrated IT solutions.