Remote working has been on the rise ever since the UK government announced we were heading into the first major lockdown in 2020.
According to Buffer, 99% of people would choose to work remotely for the rest of their life, even if it was part time. That's a pretty big statistic.
With the removal of technological barriers, flexible working is now a reality rather than an idea. Remote working is an example of flexible working and can have positive effects on productivity and employee well-being.
So, what are the key benefits of implementing remote working and is it something we should keep for many years to come?
Whether you're looking to introduce more flexible, remote working for your employees or you're an employee who has the option to WFH but wants to understand the benefits, here's three for you.
Three Benefits of Remote Working
77% of employees who work remotely everyday or just a few days a week say they are more productive when working from home. Having the choice of working somewhere that fits within employee routines and where they feel most comfortable can increase productivity levels. Flexibility in work environments allows individuals to work in their most productive hours of the day with greater control over their time management.
2. Combating stress-levels
Creating the options to work remotely can increase happiness and well-being by removing sources of stress which may include commuting or balancing work around family commitments. Equally, this can lower the number of lost days to illness and stress.
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3. Employee retention
Holding on to talented staff is crucial for any organisation. 74% of workers say that having the option of flexible, remote working would make them less likely to leave an organisation.
By offering individuals a flexible way of working they receive a better work-life balance which increases employee loyalty. In the long run, this is cost-saving and makes it easier for onboarding new staff.
To get the most out of these benefits, it is necessary to understand any risks attached to transitioning to flexible working.
Top 3 Ways we Suggest Managing Remote Working
1. A key factor to successful remote working is making sure your team are in regular communication of their expectations and remain aligned over wider goals and objectives. It is essential to have clear communication channels across the team for individuals to raise any questions or concerns.
2. The main aspect of remote working is that employees are giving greater control over their time, however, it is useful to maintain some structure. For example, making sure everyone knows when they need to be available for regular meetings.
3. Finally, it is essential to make sure all your employees are supported and empowered. This may be making sure they have access to all the tools needed to complete work remotely and understanding that different individuals require tailored support.
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