Remote working’s feasibility was without a doubt one of the driving forces why so many employers could navigate productivity during the COVID-19 pandemic. With only a computer, webcam and Internet connection needed, employees could continue running their businesses, while also keeping their employees safe during a time when face to face office time wasn’t always possible.
However, the increase in remote working has also underpinned how businesses can innovate and look into changing up their working models to increase the wellbeing of their employees – based on mutual trust and shared goals.
Here are four reasons why remote working provides the push companies needs to maximize productivity:
1. Remote working means more flexibility – a big plus for working parents
Remote working means that employees are not bogged down by the morning or afternoon commute. Instead, they can start their morning work routine refreshed and ready for the day.
This flexibility also creates an environment where especially working parents will be less stressed about rushing from work to pick kids up from school – they will also have less time “away” from the office during working hours and be able to support their families too.
2. Flexibility that inspires employees to become more productive
With less distraction, less stress and an increased ability to focus on daily tasks, remote working employees are considered more productive too. A big benefit of remote working is that employees can take short breaks in-between tasks too (especially those that follow the Pomodoro Technique), which can help them to recharge and continue their tasks.
3. This productivity is often spurred on by employees working at optimal hours
Not two employees’ productivity thrives at the same time. Some might easily step up early in the morning and start their list of tasks, while others prefer a more staggered start. Remote working can adjust and work with these strengths to help employers maximize their employees’ full potential.
4. These optimal hours can be leveraged in bigger, international talent pools too
When employers are open to including remote talent in their business models, they are not limited to their regions only: they can truly tap into international talent pools on platforms such as Upwork. This means that a business can still retain its core teams (remote or in-office), while making use of remote talent for freelance work to augment their teams.
Ultimately, remote working will instill a surge in loyalty
When employees feel trusted to work remotely, they will be more loyal to their employers. They will thrive working in an environment that they are comfortable with, be at ease with the process and adapt quicker and easier to any changes.
Remote working is not a new concept, but as our changing world has shown, it is one of the most important considerations for businesses to ensure employee satisfaction and, ultimately, business success.
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by Mao Rincon / June 23, 2021
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