The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic did a lot in terms of changing the world’s work landscape. The remote work model, in particular, which many employers frowned upon before the crisis began, has become the new norm following the pandemic.
Essentially, the current state of events revealed two things:
- Firstly, the air we breathe is not only cleaner but fresher as well.
- Secondly, the remote work model works like a charm.
Let’s see what exactly makes working from home so appealing (not just at the moment but in general).
In fact, 40% of all telecommuters agree that workplace flexibility (being the sole master of your own schedule, for one) is the number one benefit of working remotely. Overall, remote work entails fewer distractions than the standard office environment and fewer hours spent commuting, leaving plenty of time to do the actual work — and more of it.
What’s more, without the added stress of someone constantly breathing down your neck, you get to do your job properly and efficiently — hence why 35% of workers said that they would gladly bounce their current companies to be able to work from home (at least some of the time).
The option to work remotely usually comes down to the individual employers and their view on the matter. Those who do not allow their employees to work from home often have one thing in common — unawareness. They are unaware of the many benefits of remote working and are highly skeptical of its applicability in the workplace.
Yet, these fears are totally uncalled for as numerous studies have shown that remote workers were, in fact, more productive than their on-site counterparts.
Statistically speaking, they work 1.4 more days each month (on average) than the average office worker. Meaning, employers should have no qualms (whatsoever) about the productivity levels of their remote workforce.
Additionally, employers that do, in fact, allow remote work, save a fair bit of cash. Namely, they no longer need to pay for their employees’ commuting expenses, office supplies, at-work food plans, coffee and snacks, and so on.
On top of that, having fewer people working in-office reduces utility costs, the need to buy additional furniture and expensive equipment, etc..
On average, this saves up to $11,000 per worker per annum.
There is a good reason as to why essential businesses remain operational during the COVID-19 outbreak — you guessed it: they’re essential. Meaning, they cannot be done remotely but are purely on-site jobs (for obvious reasons).
Yet, for the majority of businesses, this is not the case, and the ongoing pandemic has shown just that. A lot of businesses that were skeptical of remote work now find that they are operating at peak efficiency.
All in all, this will be an important lesson for some 44% of companies around the globe that did not allow remote work prior to the pandemic, and hopefully, they change their workplace policies going forward.
contributed by: Mila Bera – Content Strategist at Logomaker.org