Why Is Remote Working the Best Thing For Businesses Moving Forward?
In 2020, businesses across the globe turned to remote working practices to keep their employees safe. As lockdown restrictions begin to lift, many business owners are adopting a flexible approach to remote working.
Remote work can save time and money and promote a healthy work/life balance for everyone in your company. Here are some of the main benefits remote working can have on your business this year.
Remote working gives employees the chance to manage their work and focus on productivity over how many hours they work in a day. Consider setting your employee’s tasks to complete over the week instead of asking them to work 9-5 pm. You might find that some workers are more productive in the early morning while others work long days combined with shorter ones. Your employees are likely to be more productive when they can control their workload.
Without long commutes, lunch meetings and office rent, you and your staff can save money with remote working. Employees can save for their dream home, holidays or significant life events, and you can invest more money into the business. Win, win!
Remote working can help you to embrace diversity and inclusivity within your team. You will not be tied to one area or city, making it easier to hire from around the UK. You can hire individuals from different socioeconomic backgrounds, geographic locations and cultures. Employees in other regions can always commute in for important meetings, or you can visit their hometown instead. For example, catch the London to Hartlepool train and back in one day for an in-person meeting with your employee.
For those who work part-time from home in the US, a staggering 7.8 billion vehicle miles are not travelled, and 3 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are saved. If your business is trying to incorporate eco-friendly practices, it might be time to consider flexible working as one of them.
Better work/life balance
Thousands of workers in the UK spend hours commuting to their offices. By working from home, your employees can use the commuting time to work on their hobbies, maintain their homes and spend quality time with the family. More than half an hour of daily commuting can increase stress levels and elevate blood sugar and cholesterol.
Your employees could exercise or go for a walk before they start their working day to get in the right frame of mind. Besides, when your employees are taking care of themselves, they are less likely to be absent from work.
Of course, remote working isn’t logistically possible for some businesses. Consider adopting a four-day working week instead to give your staff some time to themselves.