Technology is enabling remote working solutions to become a reality.
Performing your daily tasks anywhere other than the office - be that on the train, between sales pitches, on the road, or whilst your 1 year old takes a nap - can all be classed as remote working.
New workplace technologies are impacting the way we view the normal working day and are enabling organisations of all sizes to support their employees who wish to work occasionally or regularly outside of the office and/or out of office hours.
There are many benefits to joining this digital revolution, transforming your businsess with enablers such as the cloud, desktop virutalisation, and app virtulatisation, for example. Here are just some of the many advantages to fostering a flexibile working environment.1) Flexibility
Your workforce becomes more flexible in terms of when and how they choose to work, meaning things can get done when they’re out of the office. Doctors appointments, commutes, travelling to and from meetings needn’t hinder productivity levels and workflow.
2) Decreased absenteeism
Employees who are mildly sick with colds or scratchy throats will still be able to get things done without the worry of infecting everyone in the office. It’s a win-win.
3) Lower costs
Less overhead costs as remote employees use their own electricity, coffee, heating, microwaves, wifi etc, etc...
4) Fewer distractions
Meetings that overrun, water cooler gossip and chatty employees are cut out of the equation, so remote workers have a higher chance of remaining in flow and getting things completed.
5) Increased productivityTicking things off your list is said to increase productivity, and remote workers have been proven to show a greater sense of self motivation and productivity.
6) Happier, healthier employees
A greater work/life balance, more time with the family, no more commuting (which can be bad for your health) all contribute to a happier, healthier workforce.
7) Environmentally friendly
And cutting out that commute reduces the strain on the enivornment caused by all of that rush hour traffic.
8) More loyal workforce
The concept of remote working must be built on a sense of trust. Trusted employees may feel more valued and therefore may be more loyal to your business.
9) Satisfies younger workers
A topic we’ve covered previously- remote working caters to younger members of the workforce, such as millennials and generation Zs, who rate work/life balance as one of their top priorities when job searching.
10) Satisfies older workers
Older workers who may have to take time off due to family committments, elderly relatives or problems with childcare, are able to flex their work around those committments in order to maintain their productivity.
11) Employees are more engaged
Reports state that employees working remotely feel more engaged in the business than their in-office coworkers.
12) Longer working days
Cutting out a long commute, morning coffee making, catching up with colleagues, all makes for a longer working day since workers can get straight to work as soon as they log on in the morning
13) More alert employees
And, eliminating a ghastly, stressful commute means workers are more alert and engaged from the minute they start work.
14) Shorter breaks and holidays
Remote workers are less likely to need a holiday or take full hour lunch breaks due to being in the comfort of their own home on a more regular basis.
15) Attract global talent
The freedom to hire based on talent and fit, rather than location, means you can recruit the best possible canidate for the job.
16) It’s now easier than ever
17) Improves your reputation as an employer
Others - perhaps those working with competitors - may be envious of your employees and seek opportunities with you as a result of your attractive working styles
18) Greater opportunity for disabled candidates
Disabled or otherwise housebound candidates can still work remotely, widening your opportunities in talent acquisition.
19) Higher retention rates
All of the above equates to happier staff, which means they are less likely to resign. Flexibility leaves employees feeling more in control, less stressed, and as a result, more loyal.
20) You can work from home too
And finally, as an employer, you can lead by example and practice remote working too.
Written by Chris Coupe
Chris is a director at RunTech. Having spent six years in business development and management, he plays an invaluable role in seeking out new opportunities and driving the company forward.