Over the last five years, the number of companies that allow employees to work from home grew by 40%. The transformation to a telecommuting society started long before COVID-19, but the virus has accelerated the pace.
With firms forced to allow employees to work from home, companies are starting to realize the unique benefits this model provides. Is it right for your business? In this post, we’ll examine that issue more closely.
Why companies are getting onboard
You’d think that the conventional office environment is the perfect place to work, but 65% of office workers disagree. They feel that productivity increases outside of the traditional business setting.
- The lack of a daily commute can add hours to an employees’ day
- Fewer distractions like chatty colleagues, unscheduled interruptions, and office feuds
- An improved balance between work and home lives allows maximum productivity for both
- More control over the work environment
Employees tend to work longer
You might think that people working from home would slack off. You’d be wrong; they’re more likely to put in extra hours because it’s hard to get a clean break between home and the office. An employee working a standard nine-to-five day clocks off and goes home.
The remote worker, however, works as is convenient. They don’t have to break their work because there are no set cut-off points. They’ll often decide to put in a few extra minutes to complete a project, for example. That time adds up.
Access to a global talent pool
Firms that allow Work From Anywhere aren’t restricted to hiring only from the same geographical area. They may draw on staff from all over the world. This will enable them to negotiate better rates without sacrificing the quality of output.
The most important benefit is that Work From Anywhere allows businesses to cut back on infrastructure costs. They don’t have to lease or maintain expensive office spaces to accommodate their employees.
Instead, workers provide their own office space and equipment, which makes things simple. In instances where employees need access to professional business equipment or meeting rooms, flexible office spaces offer a cost-effective solution.
Employee costs may drop as well. Workers may be willing to take a reduction in pay to be allowed to Work From Anywhere.
Fewer sick days
People who Work From Anywhere get sick like everyone else. The difference is that at home, there’s limited exposure to disease. One ill worker dragging themselves in won’t suddenly infect the entire office.
Relationships between colleagues are sometimes tricky to manage. With such a mishmash of personalities, there are bound to be clashes. Managers may establish their own fiefdoms and create an unpleasant atmosphere.
Reducing employee interaction by allowing telecommuting eases the friction. Workers that thrive in social settings may opt to work at a flexible office space instead.
Cybersecurity is less of an issue
Cybercrime is on the rise, but so are the methods used to secure devices. Using a public network five years ago was asking for trouble. Today, companies have stepped up their security protocols substantially. The addition of VPN protocols, multi-factor authentication, and higher encryption allows businesses to secure their networks more effectively.
It’s better for the environment
No commute means less traffic on the road and less pollution. Not having to run a permanent office reduces energy requirements and cleaning materials needed. These seem like small changes, but they all add up over time.
Do you remember when everyone had to head into the head office for a briefing? Employees had to waste time getting to and from the meeting and during the conference itself. Allowing telecommuting makes things more efficient.
Workers may call in via Skype or Zoom and attend meetings virtually in their offices. They won’t have to schedule travel time, traffic delays, or the standard meet and greet that wastes time. Also, if anyone leaves a critical file at the office, it’s no big deal.
Better employee retention
Retaining your best employees is critical in ensuring the ongoing success and continuity of your business. By allowing Work From Anywhere, you’re increasing job satisfaction and supporting employee retention.
Allowing employees to choose where to work from makes it easier for them to focus on the job. They won’t have to worry about getting up an hour early to beat the traffic, finding transport, or the stress of dealing with congested highways.
Allowing your employees to Work From Anywhere tells them that you trust them implicitly. This improves the relationship and fosters a better culture within the company. Employees will work that much harder to show that the trust was well-placed.
What’s in it for employees?
Better work-life balance
Work From Anywhere cuts out long commutes and allows employees better flexibility with their schedules. If they need to pick their children up from activities, they don’t have to squeeze it into a short lunch break. They simply make up the time later in the day.
Employees can accommodate regular errands in their schedule without stressing about being at work on time.
They choose where to work
A big perk of this working model is that workers can choose where they want to work from. This allows them the freedom to work from home, from a coffee shop, or from a family vacation. As long as they have a Wi-Fi signal, they can keep their work up to date.
About the author
As the SEO manager of TeamStage, Hristina also relies on her degree in Modern English & Literature to write about the importance of project and team management in executing a successful strategy, top to bottom. Off work, she likes to look for the perfect green curry spots, explore temples in Southeast Asia, and treat herself to cheesecake and matcha latte, in that order.