The Internet has completely shifted the way the world works, so antiquated ideas about how employees should be managed could be holding your company back. Here is why you should place a great emphasis on remote work to improve productivity and employees’ lives in general.
According to a study by The Corporate Executive Board (CEB), only 16% of employees reported that they enjoyed a comfortable work-life balance. This is bad news for business, as that same study reported that employees that were satisfied with their work-life balance were 21% more productive and were 33% more likely to stay with their employer long-term.
One of the biggest factors to employees enjoying a satisfying work-life balance was the option to work remotely or work from home. The daily stresses of commenting, being interrupted by co-workers, and having to dress professionally are all eliminated with remote work. Working from home can also mean not having to pay for childcare, pet care, or house services that full-time employees often need to care for their families and home.
Even offering the option to work remotely for part of the workweek is a huge benefit to overall productivity and corporate morale. For example, many companies allow employees to work from home one day a week or provide the option as an alternative to taking a paid sick day off.
Improve Public and Worker Safety
As mentioned before, the driving commute to work is one of the most stressful parts of full-time employment. Driving during peak traffic is a safety hazard and a big source of aggravation. Remote work eliminates or reduces the time spent on the road which translates to more time to work and a calmer employee overall.
For example, the average one-way commute time is approximately half an hour in the U.S. Remote work would add an hour every day for that employee to focus on their job or take care of personal responsibilities. That is priceless.
Additional time spent in a car driving can increase the likelihood of accidents, thus putting your employees in more danger. A car accident can put an employee out of work for days, weeks, or even months. Fewer people on the road during rush hour is a benefit to public safety as well. The fewer cars, the less opportunity for incidents.
How to Shift to Remote Work in Your Company
The trend of companies offering remote work opportunities to their employees has increased considerably in recent years. According to one study of job openings posted on LinkedIn, there has been a 78% increase in employers listing flexible work opportunities.
Quality employees now understand their worth and ability to ask for a decent work-life balance. Like so many things, starting small is a great way to test out remote work with employees. Start by offering it as a part-time thing like once day a week or as an as-needed option. If it ends up working well for your team, you can expand to fully remote employees in the future.
With the interconnectedness the world now experiences, there is no need to tie everyone down to an office. Consider improving work-life balance, safety, and overall productivity of your company with a greater emphasis on remote work.
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