2020’s COVID-19 pandemic turned the world of work on its head. As government-imposed lockdown orders forced workers to retreat into their homes, employers across the world were forced to rethink their daily operations. The pragmatic nature of businesses became incredibly apparent this year as the world became exposed to the benefits of remote working.
While some already flexible industries took the work-from-home revolution in their stride, there were many other businesses that were forced to adapt overnight in order to survive. Now, even as lockdown measures ease, it’s clear that we are not out of the woods as far as the coronavirus is concerned, with many countries experiencing second waves of COVID-19 infections.
As far as business is concerned, this means that working-from-home is likely to remain a reality for many months, if not years to come. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean impending doom, and it could potentially be very beneficial. Here are five reasons why remote working is the future:
Office Jobs Can Be Done From Home
Even prior to the pandemic, it was apparent that many business operations could take place remotely thanks to technological advances. From outsourced bookkeeping to web development, the number of jobs that did not require workers to physically be in the office has been on the rise, with the digital nomad lifestyle growing in popularity.
It was once thought that remote workers did minimal work with the temptations of TV and household chores within arms reach. However, studies have shown that remote workers work just as hard, if not harder when at home. It’s now quite widely acknowledged that employees are often more productive when working from home as the environment is less stressful than a traditional workplace.
Increased ‘Workplace’ Morale
Companies find that those working from home are said to be happier, as it allows them to attend to other responsibilities and activities more freely. Not having to commute to work each day means they can spend more time with loved ones or doing things they love. When ‘workplace’ morale is high, people are more productive, and their loyalty to the company also increases.
Working From Home Makes Economic Sense
One of the biggest costs for small and medium sized businesses is office space rental. Having employees work from home removes one major expense. Sure, you’ll need to fork out for certain tools to make remote working more efficient at the start but these investments will soon payout. The growing availability of co-working spaces also offers business owners a degree of flexibility when it comes to occasions where the team does physically need to be in the same place.
No Geographic Limitations for Recruitment
The growth of remote working means that you are not restricted to hiring someone who lives locally. Lack of talent availability is an issue for start-ups that have to compete with established firms for the best workers. But remote working provides greater agility giving businesses access to a much wider applicant pool. It also makes sense for workers who now have the option to live further afield and save on accommodation costs associated with big cities.
While there are some industries that have been decimated by this pandemic, there are many more that have used it as an opportunity to modernize. With the benefits of working remotely becoming ever more apparent, it looks like many of the changes implemented during lockdown are likely to stay in place. Remote working will certainly play a more prominent role in the future of business operations – is it time for you to get on board?