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In a world where almost every job will seem like it could be done somewhere else, at some point or another, remote work will become the new normal. In fact, many workers already enjoy the ability to work remotely on a regular basis. According to a Gallup poll in 2016, approximately 44% of employees worked remotely at least once per week; that number has likely grown over the last two years. Working from home or another remote location offers numerous benefits for employees and employers alike. Remote working can help reduce congestion in major cities and cut down on carbon emissions from commuting; it can also keep employees from burning out on long commutes and help them save money on things like house maintenance and property taxes. Most importantly, though: it can increase productivity by removing interruptions from colleagues and improving self-discipline with structure.
What the Research Says About Remote Working and Productivity
In a study of call centre employees, those working from home were 13% more productive than those working in a typical office. This is likely due to fewer interruptions, greater autonomy, and better self-discipline. In a separate study examining knowledge workers, however, the results weren’t as clear-cut. While it’s true that knowledge workers who work remotely report higher satisfaction rates, fewer distractions, more autonomy, and more productivity overall, they actually have the same amount of “high-quality” output (i.e., the type of work that directly impacts the bottom line). This goes to show that remote working isn’t a silver bullet — in order to reap the benefits, employees must have the right tools and be well-prepared.
The benefits of remote working for employees
– Reduce burnout: In a world where work-life balance is a myth, it can be hard for employees to know when to say when. Remote working can help workers avoid burning out by allowing them to take breaks from their desks when they need them. This can help reduce the number of stress-related illnesses and even suicides among employees. – Reduce stress: Working from home can help reduce employee stress by removing the need to make it to the office. In fact, roughly two-thirds of employees report feeling stressed about their commute to work every day. This can lead to reduced productivity and an increased number of sick days. – Save money on transportation: With the number of people working from home on the rise, it makes sense that traffic would be decreasing in major cities — except that it’s not. In some cities, traffic is actually worse than ever. When employees can work from home, they don’t need to take those long and expensive commutes. This not only saves them time and money, it also reduces congestion and carbon emissions. – Save money on childcare: Many employees report feeling trapped at work because they can’t afford to leave their childcare obligations behind. Working from home offers a solution to this problem by allowing employees to work remotely on a part-time or flexible basis.
The benefits of remote working for employers
– Access a wider pool of candidates: In the modern job market, finding qualified candidates is a serious challenge for employers. Remote working can help employers cast a wider net by allowing them to hire people who might not have been able to move to the job site. – Improve work/life balance: Allowing employees to work remotely can help employers improve work/life balance by allowing them to create more flexible work schedules. This can help reduce stress and improve employee retention. – Improve employee satisfaction: When employees report higher satisfaction, they’re more likely to stay with a company (and less likely to leave). Employers who allow remote workers to set their own schedules and manage their own work environments can improve employee satisfaction. – Improve employee recruitment: The right employees can make or break a company. When it comes to remote workers, employers can benefit from increased recruitment because they can hire candidates who might not have been able to relocate to the job site.
How Employees Will Benefit From Remote Working
– More autonomy: With more autonomy, employees can set their own schedules and choose how they want to get the job done — which can lead to higher productivity. This freedom is a huge benefit, especially for knowledge workers who spend a lot of time thinking on their own, anyway. – Increased productivity: When employees feel like their work has more direction, like it’s part of a larger picture, and like it matters, they tend to work harder. This is one of the biggest benefits of remote working. When employees are able to work remotely, they’re more likely to work uninterruptedly, uninterruptedly, which can lead to higher productivity. – Less interruptions: Although some interruptions are inevitable, they’re not always helpful — especially when they’re things like co-workers stopping by your desk every few minutes. When people work remotely, they get fewer interruptions, which can lead to higher productivity.
How Employers Will Benefit From Remote Working
– Increased employee retention: When employers give their employees more autonomy and better work/life balance (which they’re more likely to do when employees work remotely), employees are more likely to stay with the company. – Reduced turnover: Turnover is expensive — both for employers and employees. When employees leave their jobs, employers lose their investment in training them, as well as their productivity while they’re trying to find a replacement. Remote working can help reduce turnover by letting employers hire employees who might not have been able to relocate to the job site. – Improved hiring: With better hiring practices, employers can hire the right people for the right positions — and save money by hiring fewer employees who don’t fit the bill. Improved hiring practices can be one of the biggest benefits of remote working.
The Bottom Line
As the world becomes increasingly connected, it’s important to remember that remote work isn’t just a great option for some people; it’s a great option for everyone. When people work from home, employers can hire fewer people and still get the same amount of work done; employees can do more with less stress and fewer interruptions; and everyone can save a lot of money. The benefits of remote working are clear, and it’s only a matter of time before it becomes the new normal.