The perks of working remotely: Employees and Managers

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The perks of working remotely: Employees and Managers

The perks of Working Remotely: Employees and Managers

While the concept of working remotely or “working-from-home” is categorically what it says, it offers the opportunity of commuting from your bedroom to your designated work station, with your pyjamas being your choice of dress for the day. However, remote work can be defined as working from anywhere outside of the traditional borders of an office space. Technology is evolving, and so is the need for breeding new innovative ways of work. Creating virtual offices where remote work is ideally convenient and much more effective is important. But what are the benefits?

 

Decreased costs

The cost of running businesses in traditional ways (the way it has always been done), have proved to be quite immense. These costs include fuel, endless transport fares and costly office rental space and parking. On the contrary, massive financial benefits can be realised through the adoption of new ways of work.

The benefits of remote working are numerous for employees. The saving of time and money for commuting fares, saving of money on corporate attire purchases, as well as savings on spending on daily lunch can be included. As a manager, the ultimate savings on expenditure is that of costly office space and the less considered costs of office coffee, tea and other essentials.

 

Increased productivity

The second benefit of working remotely, stems from the ultra-productive society we live in today. A study done by one of China’s biggest travel agency, cites that working remotely allowed employees to focus more on their daily tasks. While working more is not a direct cause of achieving high levels of productivity, it does spark the opportunity to be more productive.

Employers can adopt remote-working strategies that will allow business to continue as normal while simultaneously maintaining high levels of productivity. This can be done by enforcing the use of digital tools such as video conferencing, instant messaging and collaboration platforms such as Slack and Microsoft teams. Employers can keep track of team members and engage with them on daily deliverables.

At some point in our lives, we have all heard of this saying “time is money”. This particularly makes sense when considering loud and noisy offices and the time lost chit-chatting.

 

Work-life balance

Lastly, remote-working benefits both employers and employees as it enables individuals to achieve a work-life balance. Remote work has introduced a more customizable package for achieving a work-life balance. This means that individuals are equipped to work close to family and friends, which has a positive impact on their personal well-being. Over the years, many people have seen personal responsibilities grow including family commitments, childcare and tiresome household chores.

Respectively, the COVID-19 pandemic comes at a time where work responsibilities are also increasing and demanding, resulting in a surge in stress. What better freedom does remote work provide than getting some work done while washing your dirty laundry or eating from your favourite restaurant?

 

The innovative ways of implementing remote work require trust. Regardless, innovation demands autonomy, and employees would never do their best work if they feel that employers do not trust them. Many-a-times, innovation does not happen in office boardrooms where there are one or two dominant voices during meetings.

Therefore, allowing employees to work remotely promotes autonomy.

 

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References

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