There are plenty of reasons to consider working remotely. Maybe you’re tired of the daily commute or looking for a way to reduce your carbon footprint. Or perhaps you want to be able to work in your PJs. Whatever your reasons, remote work can be a great way to improve your quality of life.
Some people think that working remotely is all about taking long lunches and not having to wear pants. While this may be true for some people, remote and hybrid work is a great way to get more done for most of us.
There are many benefits to remote work for both employees and employers. So, if you want to increase your team’s productivity or learn some best practices for working remotely, read on!
Employees can work from anywhere, not confined to a specific space or time limit. I’m writing this blog from a farm 150 miles from my home, and my change in scenery has only improved my work.
For people with more creative jobs, a remote job can significantly benefit their productivity. If you have more time-sensitive tasks to complete, there are still ways to keep your team on task. You can have your employees fill out our task logs or go the more extreme route of using monitoring apps.
You should reserve these extreme micromanaging techniques for when you need to use them. Let your employee’s work speak for itself if you can. If reports are being turned in on time and tasks are completed when needed, working from home works for your team!
We use a combination of letting our work speak for itself and task logs for our different clients to be able to charge them. You might have to trial and error a few systems before you find the one that works best for your team. But, remote work can significantly benefit your productivity.
Reduced stress levels
Working from home can help elevate a multitude of stresses. The stress relievers are endless, from not having to get ready every day to simply taking a break whenever needed.
You don’t have employees coming in aggravated after a challenging ride to work or people calling off due to a lack of transportation. You have fewer in-office disputes and no crying in the office bathroom (we know it happens to the best of us).
Not to mention wearing comfortable clothes and being around your pets all day. Reduced stress is one of the best benefits of remote work.
Allowing your employees to choose where they work can leave time for them to handle the things they need. If your employees aren’t doing time-sensitive work, let people have flexible schedules. Let them have flexible schedules if they finish their time-sensitive tasks on time.
The next generation of employees will not fight for sick days or time to visit the doctor. They will take the time when needed or find other jobs. Too many jobs are hiring for any employer to make it challenging to work for them. Work with your employees and care for them; they will work harder and stick around longer.
Cost savings for the employer
Aside from saving on gas and buying less takeout for office lunches, employers can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars a month by telecommuting. According to Global Workplace Analytics, the average employer can expect to save $11,000 a year per employee by telecommuting.
The savings won’t just come from the rent of your office space. Think about the supplies needed to keep an office up and running. You would need equipment, utilities, cleaning, and any other financial aspects for an office. Think about all the costs you could cut by letting your employees work from home.
Support work/ life balance
Allowing your team to choose for themself, whether they work remotely, in-office, or a hybrid form of both, shows you respect your employees to the fullest. You appreciate their time and their work/life balance.
You might not know what is going on in someone’s home. Allowing caregivers, parents, or pet owners the option to be home when they need will make for the happiest employees.
Working remotely isn’t just about watching Netflix all day (although we won’t judge you if that’s what you want to do). It’s a great way to get more work done. And there are many benefits to remote work for both employees and employers.
If you are ready to start working remotely, check out our tools and services. We can help make the transition easy for both you and your team.