Remote Working is too often described as an ‘employee perk’ – a reward for good behaviour. If you consistently show up on time and do your work, then you’re considered trustworthy and get to work remotely. Maybe. But, probably not.
Business owners need to shake off this mentality because remote working also benefits you, the employer.
“But if I let an employee work from home, he/she’s sure to laze around bingeing Netflix all day and miss their deadlines, right?” Wrong!
In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Remote working leads to…
1. Greater Productivity
One of the strongest arguments for allowing remote working is the boost in productivity it produces – in fact, every piece of research points to major increases in productivity.
A lot of companies are discovering that their remote teams not only get more done, they are willing to go the extra mile in exchange for the privilege of working from wherever they wish.
Blocking out the endless number of visual and auditory distractions in a shared office can get mentally exhausting. It can be hard to get ‘in the zone’ when all around you phones buzz, people chit-chat and music you dislike fills your ears.
When staff can avoid these, productivity soars.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand how a quiet home office is an environment where people can get their head down and their work completed.
This level of freedom…
2.Lowers Employee Stress
People gravitate towards companies who allow them to be flexible around outside commitments because a work-life balance has become a priority – many would rather be able to work remotely than to get a company car or salary increase.
A poor balance between an employee’s work commitments and their other responsibilities can lead to stress, high absence and low productivity.
While employees who have a better work-life balance often have a greater sense of responsibility, ownership and control of their working life.
You might be thinking, “Well, that’s a perk for the employee.” It is, but less stress means a happier, healthier workforce, less absenteeism and a boost to your bottom line.
3.Your Staff Become Loyal
When you give your employees the ability to customise their schedule so that they can better create a work-life balance, an interesting thing happens: they become grateful. Their gratitude manifests itself in the form of loyalty towards you and your company.
“82% of employees say they would be more loyal to employers that offer flexible work options.”
Loyal staff are more willing to work hard and go the extra mile, causing great productivity increases.
And a loyal workforce also means…
4.Higher Staff Retention
Replacing employees is costly. Recruiting and training can cost a company thousands.
But, as we mentioned before, less stress means a happier workforce. A happier workforce means a more loyal workforce. A loyal workforce means fewer people abandoning ship.
“95% of employers say remote work has had a major impact on their employee retention”
By enabling them to work remotely, employees are more satisfied and attrition drops.
5. It Can Be A Bargaining Chip When Trying To Attract New Talent
Not only does remote working help keep the staff you have, it can help attract more quality talent in the future.
We could write another blog about the benefits of remote working for employees – for now, let’s just say they want it. Bad.
“39% of employees have not taken a new job or have quit a job due to inflexible work options.”
Today, a growing number of companies are using remote work options as a desirable perk to attract top talent.
What Do You Need To Enable Safe, Successful Remote Working?
For businesses looking to take advantage of the benefits above, there are two main pieces of software that we recommend:
There is one other vital thing you should know about remote working: employees will often work via their own devices.
That means company data passes through external devices that NEED to be secured!
The freedom of today’s mobile devices requires an extra level of Mobile Device Management so that files and applications are just as secure as they are on your premises.
Enabling staff to work remotely is a no-brainer – it benefits you and your employees simultaneously. But, remote working is just one aspect of what makes up a modern workplace.