As we go into 2016, the traditional office is dying and remote work is becoming more prevalent. Remote work (for the right people) can be extremely beneficial to both the employer and employee.
Remote work increases engagement
Remote work helps eliminate “presentee-ism” (That’s when your employees show up on time and regularly, but they aren’t really “all-in.”)This often causes a lack of productivity as well as a loss of profit. Remote work can help eliminate this issue by giving employees the chance to be in an ideal environment; they don’t have to consistently show up, so it’s beneficial. In the office, everyone may not like the same temperature, or be comfortable sitting at a desk consistently, but remote employees can choose their own work environment (if working from your bed works, go for it!). It also allows employees to be engaged in their own way. If they need a break to take something like a fifteen minute nap – something that wouldn’t be the most acceptable in an office- they can.
Remote work saves money
When you have employees that work remotely, you do not require the same amount of office space. You can cut costs in this way! It also means you usually have less turnover, because employees in an ideal environment don’t usually want to leave their positions (and the cost of a new hire is pretty expensive). Happier, more productive employees will produce more, better work, and make your company more money; while saving you extra costs.
Remote work creates a less stressful and more productive environment
As I said before, remote employees get to choose their ideal environment for their workspace. Employees who work remotely tend to feel more empowered because creating an ideal environment allows them to feel in control of their positions. They also don’t have a commute to deal with, so both you and your employees become less stressed. When workers feel empowered, they become more productive, and when they don’t have a commute no time is lost to traffic, and their morale doesn’t decrease.
Commuting is bad for you
Idling cars stuck in traffic cost employees more money, making them start to resent having to commute. This can add to turnover rate for an employer. Sitting in a cramped car for long periods of time is exhausting, and can cause health issues, requiring employees to take time off work. Time off means lost profits, and if people are given the opportunity not to commute, the health risks are virtually eliminated.
As technology advances, and business progressively becomes more international, remote work is becoming standard in the workplace. There are many benefits to having remote employees, and if it’s possible for your company to do, you might want to consider it.