Guest blogger Lisa Froelings is a business and productivity consultant with over 4 years of experience in human resources working for a major retailer in the country before she decided to build her own business. Her interests include technology, mindfulness as well as time management.
There’s a lot to be said for letting your employees work remotely. At first glance, it shows that your company is embracing the future of work, and it also implies that you care about your worker’s well-being. While it has been proven that more flexible work schedules have resulted in more employee satisfaction across the board, it’s understandable that some employers still feel hesitant about letting their staff work out of the office.
Whether you’re a business owner considering a remote work policy, or an employee considering taking on a more flexible position, here are 5 reasons that will instill confidence in your decision to embrace remote work.
1. Creates a better work/life balance. For companies that are new to remote work, letting employees work from home can be nerve-racking. Understandably, employers may worry that their workers will just binge watching Netflix all day in their pajamas, with work being the last thing on their mind. Luckily, that hasn’t been the case. In fact, various studies have proven that allowing employees to work from home creates a better work-life balance. Creating space for workers to take breaks when needed, while also allowing them to manage their own work schedules has had little no adverse effects on company-wide culture when it comes to maintaining a professional atmosphere.
2. It prepares you for the future. Today, even the biggest companies are letting their employees work remotely, indicating that the 9-5 work day very well might become obsolete in the not too distant future. For companies to stay relevant, it’s imperative that they meet the changing needs of contemporary employees. By 2020, 50% of the workforce will be comprised of the Millennial generation, the majority of which expect more flexible schedules. Companies that allow their employees to work remotely are pushed to familiarize themselves with the latest communication software and have an easier time accommodating the needs of future generations of employees.
3. It builds trust and increases productivity. There’s a lot to be said for having a good relationship with your employees. It’s been shown that even if someone loves their job, having to report to the same location day in and day out doesn’t exactly boost morale. There are various factors that contribute to a decrease in job satisfaction while working in an office, such as potential distractions, having to accommodate other coworkers and a lack of stimulating workplace environment. Allowing workers the option to choose at what time, and in which environment they work in has led to an increase in general productivity, and more efficiency, as remote workers tend to take less sick days.
4. It saves your company money. Not having to go into the office at 9 AM every day leaves room for workers more time to balance their personal lives, whether that means taking children to school, or taking the time to go to the gym. Happier employees contributes to better work/life balance, but it they can also save your company money, as increased satisfaction, which often results in higher employee retention rates. With lower turnover rates, businesses save money on recruiting and training costs. In addition, a business can save on overhead costs, such as rent and utilities by taking on a more flexible lease.
5. It attracts new talent. Allowing your employees to telecommute, opens up new opportunities when it comes to attracting talent. Companies that have an entirely remote workforce, have shown that business is no longer limited by location when it comes to finding the best and brightest talent out there. While your business might not be ready to take on a fully remote workforce, working with freelancers will automatically expand your talent pool, leading to more expansive and diversified professional network.
Embracing remote work doesn’t mean going into the office and telling the whole office to come in whenever they want. Rather, employers should communicate with their employees, finding out what steps they can take to make their work experience better and more productive.