4 Positives of Running a Remote Team
Just a few years ago, the idea of “teleworking” or remote working was hardly a blip on the radar. Now, remote working has skyrocketed in popularity. For example, the trend of remote working can be easily observed in the UK; in 2015, it was reported that approximately 4.2 million people regularly worked from home. It’s been projected that by the year 2020, nearly half of the UK’s workforce will regularly work from home. But many people still wonder what’s all the buzz surrounding remote work and whether it has any true lasting benefits for both the employer and employee. The truth is, remote working has a lot of positive effects for both!
Increases staff morale
This one is probably the most notable positive of all. Many of us still commute – be it by walking, biking, public transportation, or by our own vehicles. Let’s face it, a lot of our commutes are stressful. How awesome would it be to start your work day by waking up, making a pot of coffee, and walking over to your living room computer and logging in to your work portal. For many of us, the ability to do that would relieve a lot of stress from our lives and make us happier. It has been shown time and time again that happy employees are the most productive employees. Productive employees complete more work. This leads to the business becoming more efficient and could lead to a bump up in revenue numbers.
Working remotely offers the ultimate flexibility. Often, work piles up because one or more employees must take the day off; especially if the employee is part of a project team. This is not uncommon at all because there are many valid reasons someone might take off work; a very real example is having to take care of young children at home when they are sick. With the ability to work remotely, an employee who takes the day off for this reason can still work from home and be productive. Additionally, with tools and courses offered by the remote working professionals over at EssentialSkillz, a whole new level of flexibility can be unlocked; for example if an absent employee needed to take an important training course or sign a document, the folks over at EssentialSkillz can help you find an easy solution to these common issues.
Cuts down on operating costs
If most or all the employees at any given business opt to work remotely, then that means that the employees (including the managers!) do not have to be physically present in their place of work. Subsequently, that means that a business can close its brick and mortar building for a day or two; this can cut electricity, water, sewage, etc. costs from a business’ expenses.
Reduces negative impacts on the environment
If people are staying at home to work remotely, that means that there will be less cars on the roads. Less cars on the roads means less pollution and less greenhouse gasses being emitted into the atmosphere. Remote working could be part of the solution in creating a more sustainable world.
The benefits of working remotely vastly outweigh the negatives (if there are any.) All the benefits explain why the trend for working remotely is on a rise. It’s hard imagining that something once hardly offered to employees is now steadily becoming mainstream. Do you work remotely? Offer up your experience working remotely by using the hashtag #ManageRemote.