It’s hard to use the words “good” or “positive” when referencing anything pandemic-related. Nevertheless, it’s quite clear that one of the biggest changes that COVID-19 made in our lives is the necessity of working remotely. In an effort to keep socially distant, workers from all over the world began conducting their daily business routines from the comforts of their own homes.
For the most part, this unexpected situation has become known as a hugely convenient occurrence. So, of course, it begs the question posed by the title of today’s blog. Just how popular will remote work be once the pandemic is finally behind us? We’re willing to guess…very!
It results in great savings.
By having employees work from home, a company can benefit from significant savings. Computers and other equipment, desks, chairs and even bathroom supplies – who needs them? The list goes on and on when it comes to ways the pandemic allows business owners to cut spending. Without employees in the office, a lot of materials aren’t necessary. Not to mention, working remotely saves people a ton of money on commuting costs.
“Based on estimates from the Global Workplace Analytics Telework Savings Calculator, a single company can annually save $11,000 per remote worker who telecommutes 50% of the time,” reports Laura Spawn of CMS Wire, “Depending on the size of your business, this could equal significant savings without radically changing your company structure or completely forgoing brick-and-mortar business activities.”
It allows for better work-life balance.
Never underestimate the power of convenience. Remote work has given people the cherished ability to work on their own schedules. Working from home allows the type of flexibility that enables you to look after the kids, prepare meals and (let’s be honest) even use the washroom whenever it’s convenient. This creation of better work-life balance is a MAJOR stress-reducer. This can significantly improve productivity in workers.
“Many remote jobs also come with flexible schedules, which means that workers can start and end their day as they choose, as long as their work is complete and leads to strong outcomes,” writes Emily Courtney on FlexJobs.com, “This control over your work schedule can be invaluable when it comes to attending to the needs of your personal life.”
It fosters a more productive workforce.
You may be under the impression that when employees are in the office, they are harder at work. After all, they don’t want to look like slackers in front of their bosses, right? It appears as if the opposite is true. As the last point made clear, convenience and an ease of tension can make workers more productive.
“Evidence of the remote work productivity boost is documented in a 2020 Airtasker survey report of 1,004 workers’ daily habits,” reveals Spawn, “The survey showed that while remote employees spent more time taking breaks throughout the workday, they also devoted more time on work tasks. Additionally, among employees who had their mouse movement and/or screen time tracked by their employers, only 39% of remote workers sought out work distractions, compared to 56% of in-office workers.”
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