Benefits of remote working | Top reasons
This article looks at the benefits of remote working as an employee and the top reasons. During the recent pandemic many businesses had to review how they were going to deliver their services and ‘working from home’ or ‘remote working’ became the norm.
Whilst most employers pre-pandemic had not given remote working serious consideration they quickly realised that they could in fact operate effectively whether staff were based in the office, working from home offices, or operating from other remote locations.
This has opened up job opportunities to a much wider audience, thereby allowing employers to access a greater pool of talented applicants.
Better work-life balance when remote working
The Number 1 benefit highlighted by remote workers is a better work-life balance. A FlexJobs survey in 2020 of more than 4,000 respondents working from home indicated that working from home had improved their work-life balance. This was down to things such as spending more time with their partner, children, or family pets.
Flexibility around start/finish times allows remote workers to work at the time of day that best suits them. As long as the work is produced in a timely manner then everyone is happy.
So, whether it is getting the kids dropped off to school, fitting in a yoga class, taking the dog for a walk, or just having long lunches and breaks when you need them, remote work definitely ticks all the boxes for a better work-life balance.
No daily commute required
According to a report in 2019 the average UK employee spent a whopping 221 hours per year commuting to and from work with employees in the USA spending slightly less time commuting, approximately 200 hours per year.
Whilst some people can use this time to complete work (those travelling by train, bus, plane journeys) it is acknowledged that for most employees commuting time is generally not considered to be productive.
Location, location, location
A huge benefit for remote working is the fact that borders are no longer a hindrance.
You can be situated anywhere in the world. You can take your job with you wherever you go. You don’t have to pay high rental rates to live in a property in a city centre setting.
Employment opportunities are also readily available to a wider global audience.
Staffing options and benefits of remote working
Companies can now embrace a wider and more diverse range of employees. This can be beneficial to different sectors of the community such as those with disabilities, those who have family commitments, and those with restricted working hours.
Employing staff from different global locations can also bring a level of new understanding and working as cultures learn to appreciate each other’s way of thinking.
Customize your home office space
When working remotely you have the opportunity to customize your home office space. Whether you are working from a corner of the kitchen, in the spare bedroom or have the luxury of a dedicated home office you can set it up as you want. Just remember to have a good backdrop, or clear uncluttered area free that you can use if you are required to attend meetings on video calls.
Increased productivity when remote working
If done correctly, working remotely has many benefits, including fewer interruptions, no office politics, and less distractions. Having a clearly defined work schedule, a dedicated area to work from and regular management support gives remote workers the tools and structures they need to perform well.
Employee and employer savings
Yes, remote working is actually a win/win for both employees and employers.
Employees no longer need to be physically close to their employer and are free to move to properties more suited to their needs. The cost of a 2-bedroom apartment in San Francisco or the centre of London would be eye-watering but by moving out to the suburbs the employee can benefit from a larger property, or more space, even better schools for their children, etc.
Obviously, there are no more commuting costs for the employee such as bus and train fares, or vehicle purchases, maintenance costs and parking and fuel fees. There are also other savings to be made such as no longer having to buy food for breaks and lunches or purchasing expensive suits and professional clothing.
Employers no longer need as much office space, and they can now relocate out of expensive city centre locations. The reduction in rents, utility costs, provision of uniforms, etc. can also be a real cost saving.
So we have looked at the benefits of remote working. Remote working is beneficial not only to employees but also employers. Surveys indicate that employees are happier when allowed the option of remote working and they are more likely to remain with their existing employer.
What do you think? Is remote working an option for you?