More and more companies have pivoted to remote-first workplaces over the last couple of years. Some companies embraced the new normal, while some reluctantly followed the tide. It’s clear that employees love working remotely. But is remote work actually better?
As some companies contemplate potential return-to-office plans, many leaders are pausing to reconsider if heading back to the office is the right move for their teams. After two years of WFH, the proof is in the pudding – remote work might just be better!
We’ve put together some of the top reasons why remote work is better work for employees and employers:
Employee performance is one of the top concerns of remote work. As a manager or leader, it’s totally normal to wonder if your team is going to be less productive in a non-office environment.
Fortunately, there’s no need to fret – when it comes to output (vs. time spent in an office chair) employees are likely to be more productive working from home! In fact, employees will generate better work with 40% less error.
How is this possible? Working from home allows employees to create their own work environment that allows them to perform their best.
For some employees, this means feeling more at ease working in the same room as their pet. For other employees, this might mean benefiting from a distraction-free space. Let’s be honest – the overhead of those enjoyable water cooler chats can easily add up to hours of lost work.
Better work-life balance
Every employee is unique. Working remotely allows employees the flexibility to create a work-life balance that fits their personal circumstances. Working from home cuts down on commute time and makes it easier for employees to transition between work and personal life.
If the average one-way commute in the US is approximately 27 minutes, the average remote worker enjoys an extra hour of free time every workday. That means one extra hour of time with the kids, an extra hour to read a book, or even an extra hour to relax and prepare for the day ahead.
One of the biggest benefits of remote work is that it gives your employees extra time for themselves at zero extra cost to your company.
Higher employee retention
Remote workers aren’t just more productive, they’re also happier. A study found that remote workers tend to say they’re happy in their jobs 22 percent more than those who never work remotely.
Happier employees = employees that stick around longer. Flexibility and better work-life balance means your employees are likely to work for your company for longer.
That being said, employee happiness and retention requires more than just letting your teams work remotely. Without the in-person connection, remote company culture can require a bit more thought and effort. But platforms like Zoom and Venue make it easy for your teams to connect virtually, no matter where they work.
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Improved employee health
Working remotely gives employees the flexibility in their schedules to prioritize their mental and physical health.
Whether it’s more wiggle room to schedule appointments or being able to take an at-home workout class at lunch, remote work can substantially improve the overall health and well-being of your employees. Employees are also at a significantly lower risk of being exposed to illnesses at home.
Plus, commuting can be extremely stressful. By ditching the traffic and transit, your team is likely to start the workday on a more positive note.
More employee diversity
The importance of a diverse and inclusive workplace has never been more clear. By improving the diversity amongst your team, you’ll benefit from a more diverse range of skills, experiences, and perspectives.
By being office-based, companies can unintentionally be less inclusive. There are a whole host of reasons why potential employees may be unable to work in an office. For some individuals, their personal circumstances make it difficult to travel to an office. Depending on where your office is located, some may simply find it unaffordable to live within a reasonable distance.
Allowing for remote work, enables your team to hire talent from a wide range of diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. It also means you’ll unlock a talent pool that isn’t limited by geographical location.
Remote work is also better for the world around us.
Office buildings require significant resources to operate. When employees work from home, companies can reduce the amount of energy and emissions required to maintain an office
Cutting out the commute can help employees significantly cut down on their individual carbon footprint. Not only is commuting costly for employees, but it has a large environmental impact as well.
Sustainability for companies is about more than just saving paper. By allowing employees to work remotely, your company can do its part in creating a greener footprint.
Money talks – you can’t go wrong with saving money!
From commuting costs to lunches, and other ancillary costs, the expenses for your employees quickly add up. Working remotely, even 50% of the time, can help your employees personally save over $4000 a year.
As a company, you can save on overhead by reducing the amount of office space you need as well as many operational costs. The average company can save over $11,000 a year per employee.
Remote work is here to stay.
Most companies have spent decades working in offices, so a remote-first workplace can take some getting used to. But by embracing remote work, you can bring out the best in your employees and unlock the full potential of your company.