8 Reasons Remote working benefits your company
Remote working is on the rise. Why is that? Well let us look at the evidence. One popular study from 2014, in which the co-founders of Chinese travel website CTrip allowed some of their workers to work remotely on a regular basis, and compared their productivity to their office-bound colleagues. With all other factors being equal, the remote workers ended up making 13.5 percent more calls than their comparable office workers, which is the equivalent of almost a full extra day’s worth of work in a given week. There were some problems with this study, which I’ll address in the next section, but it stands as one of the most powerful examples of remote worker productivity in action.
Another 2016 survey of American remote workers, approx 91 percent of people who work from home feel that they’re more productive than when they’re in an office. This is a self-reporting survey, which means it’s probably less accurate than an experimenter or supervisor evaluation would be, but it’s an overwhelming number that shouldn’t be ignored. The same survey found that remote workers were more satisfied with their jobs, and happier overall.
So lets look at 7 further reasons that changing some of your team to remote working may help your business.
1. Workers are on time
They don’t have the excuse of “the train was late” or “traffic was a nightmare”. Don’t get us wrong, some may still struggle to open their computer on time, but, in our experience, remote workers are online and ready to work the minute the day starts. There are plenty of ways to track users working while they work remotely and stay tuned for an additional article on this.
2.Remote workers are more efficient
As with the above studies, remote workers are more efficient. There are many reasons this could be. One main one is the lack of distractions. Office workers are more distracted by office politics, general conversations and the “can you just do this quickly…”. These distractions can be counteractive to a productive and agile team.
3.Better work-life balance
Mindfulness is becoming more relevant in todays working life. More workers are burning out in their early thirties after spending their twenties trying to get ahead in their career at any cost. Allowing more flexibility in their working environment offers a more mindful approach, an understanding of the workers needs and a better work life balance.
4.Cheaper for your company
Remote workers often have their own equipment, you save money on their physical space in the office and if you source from another country, you can save money on benefits you offer. Most remote worker will work on a contract basis which may seem a little more expensive, but this is short term. The long term is saving money on Pension, health care, holiday pay and bonus schemes. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look after your employees. You want someone loyal and showing your appreciation and some incentives will achieve this.
5.Better for the environment
Less paper, less fuel, less impact on the environment. You are saving on energy when you have a remote team.
6.Reduces Employee Turnover
Happier staff are staff with more flexibility. If you are a company that is supportive ofyour staff, you are less likely to have a high turnover. Allow your employees to breath, to make mistakes, to ask questions and to questions some logic. Allowing your team to grow will keep them happy!
7.Easier to Manage
Managing people working in separate locations is easier than managing a team working in the same location. There are less personal conflicts. Remote workers may not like everyone in their team, however, they are not sat next to them so the likelihood of them being confrontational is greatly reduced.
Having a strong agile team and project manager also allows better management. Task Management is key and we will be looking at some useful tools for this.
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