Why Remote Work is Here to Stay and Shake Up Your 9-5!
Flexibility is a key part of remote work. For employees, it means they can choose their own hours, telecommute from home or the office (or both), and take time off when they need it. For employers, flexibility can help retain staff by making them feel more valued and appreciated; it also helps to attract new talent by offering more options for how people work and where they work from.
Flexibility also has financial benefits: according to recent research by Harvard Business Review, companies that offer flexible schedules see higher employee retention rates than those who don’t–and this translates into lower costs overall because fewer people leave their jobs when given more control over their lives outside of work.
But what about people who can’t choose when they work? This is a question many employers ask themselves as they consider changing working methods. In fact, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, flexible work policies have become more common as companies look for ways to retain staff in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Travel If your business requires frequent travel from employees, the costs can quickly add up. In addition to airfare or other transportation costs, there may be expenses associated with lodging, meals, and other travel-related expenses. These costs can be a significant burden on your budget, especially if travel is a regular part of your business operations. Remote work can be a solution to this issue, as it can eliminate the need for frequent travel and associated expenses. By allowing employees to work from their preferred location, whether it’s from home or a coworking space, businesses can save money and improve their bottom line.
Training and attracting remote workers: When hiring someone new for an entry-level position at your company’s headquarters location(s), there are costs involved with training them and finding them appropriate housing near where they will work full time–and sometimes even paying rent while they look! However, when hiring remote workers who live elsewhere already there are no such expenses involved since all training happens online via video conference software like Google Hangouts or Zoom Meetings which allows everyone involved access 24/7 regardless of where they may be located around the globe right now. If you’re still not convinced that retaining remote workers is an excellent idea, here are some more reasons why it’s beneficial: – You can recruit the most qualified people for any position regardless of where they are located. Let’s say there’s a highly skilled programmer who lives in Kuala Lumpur but travels through San Francisco. If he were physically available at this time and place, would you hire him? Of course!
One of the biggest challenges facing companies today is finding and retaining talent. Remote work can solve this challenge, but it’s not always easy for remote companies themselves.
Here are some tips for hiring talented people:
- Hire slow and fire fast! Don’t rush hiring decisions or take shortcuts screening candidates. Be sure you have all the information you need before making a final decision. Once someone starts working at your company, it may be difficult (or impossible) to let them go if they don’t perform as well as expected.
- Consider using tools like Glassdoor or similar websites to find out what other employees think about working there. Make sure feedback aligns with job descriptions! You might also want to ask potential hires about their past experiences in similar roles. This will help both sides understand each other better before signing anything official together.”
Make sure you communicate clearly with your team. Have regular meetings, check in frequently, and check to end sure everyone knows what’s expected of them. In addition, make sure everyone knows how to achieve those goals. -Consider setting up a separate remote team Slack channel where employees can ask questions or share ideas without waiting for an email response from management.
- Reducing commuting time and carbon footprint. The average Malaysians spends about 30 minutes traveling to work each day, which is more than in any other industrialized country. A growing number of companies are shifting their employees’ schedules to make them more flexible, to reduce this commute time and saving on fuel costs. For example, Google offers employees a “remote-friendly” policy that allows them to work from home one or two days per week–saving an estimated 1 million gallons of gas annually.
- Reducing office space costs. Many businesses have cut down significantly on overhead by allowing their workers to telecommute or work remotely part-time while still accessing all the tools necessary for their job function (such as computers). This saves money and reduces pollution caused by the building materials used during construction.
- Reducing energy costs associated with heating/cooling buildings with solar panels installed on the roof instead of air conditioning units inside each room; recycling old furniture rather than buying new ones every few years; using LED lights instead of fluorescent tubes which last longer but consume less energy.
- Reducing waste management costs associated with recycling programs at corporate headquarters; purchasing reusable lunch bags instead of plastic containers thrown away after a single use.
Reducing water usage by installing low-flow toilets, using drought-tolerant plants instead of thirsty ones and installing drip irrigation systems to deliver water directly to plant roots instead of using sprinklers or other devices which waste a lot of water. Reducing paper consumption by printing documents on both sides rather than just one side; recycling old newspapers, magazines and other paper products into new ones (like cardboard boxes), etc.
Productivity and work-life balance.
Remote work is an ideal fit for many companies because it allows employees to be more productive and happier. In fact, remote workers are 13% more productive than office workers. This can be attributed in part to the freedom they have from distractions (like meetings) and the ability to set their own schedules without someone looking over their shoulder.
With this increased productivity comes increased work-life balance, which modern professionals seek out today–and for obvious reason! A recent study found that those who prioritize work-life balance over career success make up 42% of millennials (compared with only 27% among non-millennials) but only 15% say they’re satisfied with their current situation; this means there’s still plenty of room for improvement among this generation’s workers overall when it comes down specifically how well people balance these two things together within themselves as individuals and as part of their job.
1) Remote work allows employees to set their own schedules and work when they’re most productive.
2) This increased productivity can be attributed in part to the freedom from distractions (like meetings) and ability to set their own schedules without someone looking over their shoulder.
Work is changing, and remote work can have significant benefits for all parties involved.
Remote work benefits are becoming more apparent, and employers need to embrace the change. Remote work offers flexibility, cost savings and talent acquisition advantages for employees. In addition to these benefits, there are also sustainability considerations that make it even more imperative for businesses to consider remote working practices.
Technology has been available for some time now: mobile devices with high-speed internet connections mean that employees can be as productive from home or on the move as they would be in an office environment (and possibly even more so). With this technology in our disposal, why aren’t more companies embrace flexible working arrangements?
There are several reasons why employers might not want remote working practices. Some companies may feel they need central office space to maintain cohesion and unity among their employees. Others may worry about losing control of their workforce, especially if there’s no one in the office to monitor what people are up to during the day.
Remote work has clear benefits, and the future of work will continue to evolve as companies seek new ways to attract talent, increase productivity and efficiency, and improve their bottom-line. As businesses look for ways to stay competitive in today’s fast-paced environment, they should consider how adopting remote work policies can help them achieve those goals.