Work in your PJs, avoid the commute, answer emails from a hammock. Sounds blissful doesn’t it…? Simply put, a remote job is one that can be done away from an office in a remote location, such as one of the snug corners of your home with a glass of merlot in hand. Also, the work you do can be performed in a coworking space, or in a coffee shop, and even whilst on the road. To perform remote jobs, employees must have access to tools such as phone, internet, email, and potentially other at-home technologies. The good news is that today, remote jobs can be found in almost any career field or industry.
Benefits of Working Remotely for Employers
Employees aren’t the only ones who benefit from working from home; a company can benefit just as greatly by allowing employees to work remotely. There are numerous benefits for employers to offer remote work to their employees.
Increased Productivity – Remote employees typically work longer hours, take fewer breaks, have limited distractions, and increased time to focus on projects.
Cost Savings – Typically, remote employees pay for their own computer, workspace, electricity, and other utilities. Employers save on relocation costs and could ultimately reduce real estate costs.
Expanded Talent Pool – The talent search is no longer limited to geographical areas. Employers have the freedom to hire the best of the best, no matter where the employee resides.
Retention – Replacing employees is costly. Recruiting and training can cost a company thousands of dollars. By creating an environment that employees are more satisfied reduces attrition.
Benefits of Remote Working for Employees
As remote jobs become more abundant in the workforce, let’s examine the benefits for the employee to a remote job.
Work-life Balance – The overwhelming benefit from working remotely is the ability maintain work-life balance. Employees feel a renewed sense of regaining their life and being able to balance the demands of both work and life.
Less Stress – It promotes an overall healthier lifestyle by allowing employees to eat better, exercise more freely, and have less distractions.
No Commute – The ability to work remotely removes commuting which can create stress before the workday even begins. The secondary benefit to no commute is saving money – gas, parking, or other transportation-related expenses.
Ownership – Working remotely allows employees to structure their workday without having someone look over their shoulder, worry about what to wear, or even.
How to Stay Productive when Working Remotely?
Working remotely is a luxury, but employees do need to work hard and smart to make the most of the arrangement.
Daily Routine – Create a routine that mimics a work day. This will vary for each employee and may include dressing for the workday or starting the workday at the same time each day.
Create a workspace – There are several options: home office, using a coworking space, or serviced office. Coworking spaces offer a productive work environment that is equipped with office technology, Wi-Fi, and meeting room rental on-demand. Serviced offices are flexible with their terms and fully equipped to meet the needs of individuals or companies.
Communication – Being diligent with communication methods and time spent contacting team members is essential to being successful.
Minimize Distractions – Create boundaries for family members, children, and even pets, so it is clear when the work day has begun and ended.
More and more employers are embracing the trend and most have the flexibility to offer remote work to their employees. By removing distractions and unnecessary commuting, employees become more efficient and satisfied. Employers and employees alike can enjoy so many benefits from this arrangement.