Some companies worry about letting their staff work from home. When they can’t physically see what their employees are doing every hour of the workday, it can lead to a feeling that they aren’t in control and of course they also worry about abuse. But this shouldn’t stand in the way of a successful work from home program – with the right planning and screening it is possible to have responsible remote workers who are happier, healthier and more productive than those in the standard office environment.
What does this mean for employers? Well, staff who are happy are far less likely to leave your employment – saving you money on recruitment and retraining. Also, you are more likely to be able to attract desirable staff members when geographical location is no longer a factor. Your bottom line will also profit from lower overheads like office space and fewer employee sick days. Two out of three employees say they would consider going over to employers who offer remote reporting options so it’s definitely time to consider the benefits. Here are five ways that your staff will benefit from working remotely:
#1 They Will Save Money
Who could complain about having a few extra dollars in their pocket? Saving money is the perk that will bring smiles to the faces of new remote workers. Work from home staff are sure to appreciate the money they save on office clothing, transport, dry cleaning, take away food, and convenience services.
Saving money is guaranteed to make workers feel happy and happy workers are always more productive than discontented ones!
#2 They Will Be Less Distracted
Distractions are the enemy of productivity and can arise in many forms in the office environment. Meetings, telephone calls, visitors and general banter are a few of the most common culprits. Even small distractions add up because you need to try and refocus your attention on the task over and over again – which is exhausting.
Workers who telecommute are better able to limit distractions which means they can focus and be more productive. They are also more likely to be able to complete the work in less time than their office-bound colleagues.
#3 They Will Have a Better Work / Life Balance
Remote workers usually have more flexibility in their schedules which means it is easier for them to balance their work and home life responsibilities. Often the feeling that they are neglecting their family and other home duties can lead employees to feel unhappy and dissatisfied with their jobs. Having a work from home position also means that workers are far less likely to take unplanned leave or “sick days” to attend a child’s doctor’s appointment or have their car serviced.
#4 They Will Have More Time In The Day
Workers who telecommute will always have a little more free time than those who work in the office purely because they don’t have to travel. Sometimes commutes to and from work can take up to two hours each way and most of the time this leaves workers frazzled and exhausted – not a good recipe for productivity.
The time that is saved by remote reporting can be used by the employee to sort out their personal affairs and errands – leaving them less stressed and more focused when it’s time to work.
#5 They Will Be Healthier
Many remote employees say that due to the easier work/life balance they are able to find more time to exercise which is proven to improve concentration and productivity. Also, they find it easy to prepare healthy meals at home instead of buying unhealthy takeaways.
Remote workers are also far less likely to take sick days for minor ailments. Many say they can still work if they are comfortable at home and won’t risk passing their illness on to their coworkers.
#6 They Will Be Less Stressed (And More Productive!)
Commuting, office politics, and time starvation can lead to workers having high-stress levels. An employee who feels unable to cope with this stress will never to able to work as quickly and productively as their less stressed colleagues who work at home.
Companies invest a lot of time and money in their employees and, of course, they want to see returns. But because of the nature of an office environment, they may actually end up losing employees if they don’t have a work from home option. By helping their workers save time and money, improve their health, lessen distractions, decrease stress, and help them achieve a better work/life balance, they’ll not only have happier employees but also workers who appreciate their jobs and provide first class work. Clearly, it makes sense to give programs like this serious consideration.