Remote working – or telecommuting, as it’s becoming known – is on the rise.
Forward thinking, flexible employers are increasingly realising that it isn’t just a perk for employees, but delivers a multitude of benefits to the business as a whole.
1. Boost productivity and efficiency
If you really need to get your head down and focus on some work – then where will you do it best?
In an office, surrounded by constant interruptions not to mention the temptation of water cooler chat? Or in a place of your choice – a café, a library, your home – where you’re free to think and focus?
The answer is obvious. Plus, it’s proven by the stats.
According to SurePayroll, 86 per cent of employees “hit maximum productivity” when working alone. And two thirds of managers said employees who work remotely are more productive.
2. Reduce stress and absence rates
Stress and anxiety are one of the main reasons that employees don’t make it to work, accounting for 17.8% of absences according to absence management specialists FirstCare.
Giving your employees the option to work remotely has a dramatic impact when it comes to reducing stress levels, according to a recent study by PGi.
A huge 82% of remote workers reported lower stress levels, while a convincing 69% of businesses indicating reduced levels of absence.
What’s more, according to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics, employees who telecommute will continue to work even when they’re sick. And there’s no risk they’ll infect their colleagues.
3. Decrease costs and overheads
If you’re looking for ways to reduce costs, then empowering your employees to work remotely offers fantastic opportunities.
In fact, a recent US study found that allowing employees to work from home for half the time would save the average business $11,000 a year. This is due to the lower amounts you’d be required to pay in everything from rent to office equipment, supplies and bills.
4. Increase employee engagement and reduce staff turnover
It isn’t rocket science. Happy, engaged employees work harder and spend longer at your business.
And you might be surprised to learn that remote workers often feel more connected to colleagues, thanks to the many ways that you’re able to stay connected. (With our Anywhere service, for example, you can take part in live meetings from any device, wherever you are.)
Plus, according to a Stanford University study and research conducted by Staples Advantage, giving employees the option to telecommute increases staff retention, with 76% reporting more loyalty to their company.
5. Reduce your carbon footprint
Businesses in all sectors today need to show they care about the future of our planet.
Giving your employees the option to telecommute has a positive impact on the environment, and not only because of the decrease in fuel consumption. It also means you’ll waste less, as remote document sharing – part of our Anywhere service – reduces the need to endlessly print documents and pass them around the office.
6. Be part of the future
Telecommuting is a global phenomenon and it’s on the rise. From attracting young talent to keeping older workers, you need to embrace cloud technologies and remote working if you want to move with the times.
According to the World Economic Forum’s forecast of employment trends, the surge in telecommuting and flexible working is one of the biggest drivers of transformation in the workplace in many industries.
And it isn’t slowing down.
Get in touch to bring your business into the future and learn more about the benefits of our Anywhere service.