9 Benefits of Remote Working for Employees & Employers

Remote working has been gradually on the up for several years. But in 2020, that slow rise was turned into an immediate skyrocket. The pandemic’s social distancing measures saw the majority (64%) of UK staff forced to work from home. While it was initially disruptive, both employees and employers experienced the benefits of working remotely.

Since then, a number of high-profile businesses have outlined their intentions to introduce remote working on a permanent basis. In this post, we’ll look at five benefits of working remotely – for employees and employers.

1. Work-life balance

In 2019, the TUC found that the average UK commute was just short of an hour each day. By removing that from the workday, remote working gives employees several hours each week that they simply wouldn’t have if they had to travel to and from the office.

This provides a much better work-life balance, a benefit cited by 91% of remote workers. A 35-hour working week actually takes 35 hours, rather than the 40+ it could take with a train, bus or car journey. It also makes it easier to be on hand for day-to-day duties like picking kids up from school or even getting started on dinner.

2. Cost savings

Commuting isn’t just time-consuming for employees. It costs quite a bit too. Without the need to pay for bus fares, train fares, fuel or parking, employees can save a sizeable amount in the long run. Not to mention the cost savings of preparing lunch at home. In fact, it’s estimated that working remotely saves workers almost £45 a week on average.

This benefit extends to employers too. While the immediate nature of COVID-19 didn’t allow employers to ditch the office, a permanent remote working model comes with the benefit of lower office costs. Whether it’s a smaller office where staff can meet and share desks, or no office at all, working remotely could drastically cut one of the highest costs for employers.

3. Attracting and retaining staff

According to research by Owl Labs, 83% of workers said the ability to work remotely would make them happier. 81% said it would make them more likely to recommend an employer. And 71% said it would make them more likely to choose one employer over another when moving jobs.

Translation? Remote working could help employers attract the best staff. It could also help you keep them, with remote workers reportedly 13% more likely to stay in their current job for the next five years.

4. Productivity

Another benefit of remote working for both employers and employees is productivity. The absence of office chitchat and interruptions with meetings has seen many employees thrive in a remote working environment. That’s backed by a 2014 study which found that remote workers were 13% more efficient than their office-based counterparts.

5. Reduced emissions

Let’s not forget the environment – after all, there’s no planet B. By eliminating the pre-and post-work commute, remote working reduces the emissions coming from traffic. That theory was undoubtedly proven in the first lockdown when daily global CO2 emissions were around 17% lower than 2019 levels.

6. Improved health and well-being

Remote working isn’t just about convenience. It can have genuine health and well-being benefits. Employees who work from home have more flexibility to incorporate physical activity into their day, whether it’s a quick walk, lunch-break yoga session or a micro workout. Even small perks, like being able to blitz up a smoothie in their own kitchen or play with a pet between meetings, can make a big difference.

The reduced stress from not having to commute, coupled with the freedom to create a comfortable and personalised work environment, can support mental health. Eliminating the daily commute also frees up extra time that can be used to pursue hobbies, spend time with family or simply enjoy well-deserved R&R.

From a physical point of view, the option to customise spaces with ergonomic chairs, standing desks or optimal lighting can reduce work-related injuries and contribute to a healthier workplace overall.

7. Access to a global talent pool

For employers, access to a global talent pool is one of the top benefits of working remotely. Eliminating geographical boundaries allows companies to hire the crème de la crème, regardless of location. This not only amplifies the chances of finding the perfect candidate for the job but helps build a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

Why is this important? A dynamic workforce can bring fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to the table, enhancing an organisation’s ability to problem solve and think outside the box. In today’s global market, teams with a wide range of skills, experiences and backgrounds can give companies a serious competitive edge. Employees also enjoy the benefits of working remotely and can seek opportunities that match their skills and preferences, without the need to relocate.

8. Employee autonomy

Remote working gives employees the autonomy they crave. Without the direct supervision that comes with a traditional office setting, employees have more control over their personal schedules and workflows. The result? Employees feel more valued and trusted, which can increase job satisfaction.

Autonomy in the workplace can also spark innovation. When employees are free to approach tasks in their own way, they’re more likely to experiment and come up with creative solutions.

9. Embrace up-to-the-minute tech

Remote working has fast-tracked the adoption of advanced technologies. Tools like video conferencing, project management software and cloud-based applications are now indispensable when it comes to productivity and collaboration. These technologies not only support remote working but streamline processes and improve efficiency overall.

For example, video conferencing platforms now include features like virtual backgrounds, breakout rooms and real-time collaboration tools to make remote meetings more engaging. Similarly, cloud-based applications enable employees to access and share documents, data and resources from anywhere with an internet connection. This keeps teams connected and agile, no matter where they’re based.

Worried about security? Don’t be. Growing reliance on digital tools has highlighted the importance of cybersecurity for remote teams. Solutions like secure networks, encryption and hands-on employee training are used to protect sensitive information and ensure you can enjoy the benefits of working remotely, without security concerns.

 

 

Unlock the benefits of working remotely

With the right systems in place, remote working can be hugely beneficial for both employees and employers. One of the most vital tools for any organisation that wants to work remotely is VoIP. Allowing you to make and receive business calls anywhere with an internet connection, VoIP eliminates arguably the biggest hurdle of remote work.

At VS Group, we specialise in VoIP solutions for charities across the UK. If you’re ready to unlock the benefits of working remotely, we’re on hand to help. Get in touch with us today to talk about your requirements with a VoIP expert.

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