The 9-5 workday is old-fashioned. People, especially millennials in the workforce, simply expect more from their employer. They want flexibility and freedom, the feeling of not being tied down, and an escape from the traditional. So what’s so great about working remotely?
- People and companies are no longer restrained by geography. Employees can now work for companies that they admire and aspire to work for, even if they don’t live in the same city, state, or country. For companies the advantages of hiring remote employees means the pool of applicants has expanded greatly, bringing an influx of qualified individuals to companies regardless of where they call home. The best person gets the job even if they aren't able to make it into the office every day.
- Technology is making it easier to stay connected. Nowadays employees can share, edit, and comment on documents in real-time. Meetings of varying importance can be taken over video or call. Top-down and bottom-up communication is achieved through various communication platforms. Intranet keeps employees updated on daily activities and announcements. Feeling out of the loop is proving more difficult.
- Daily commutes are costly and exhausting. In a city like Los Angeles where traveling 10 miles can take an hour, the commute to and from work is reason enough for employees to work remote. The Royal Society for Public Health in the UK found that 55% of people felt more stressed by their commute. That stress manifests in an employee’s work and affects it negatively.
- For some, there are not enough hours in the day for anything besides work. Waking up early and getting home late doesn’t leave people with time to do much else but work during the week. What does this mean for parents, students, or anyone trying to have a social life outside of the office? It means that they are restricted by their schedule and the weekends end up jam-packed with things they couldn't do during the week. In turn, people become unhappy and unmotivated. However, a 2014 study by PGi, a leading provider of software services, found that 80% of remote workers reported higher morale.
These are just a few reasons why working remotely is a valuable practice from which employees and companies alike could benefit. Next time an employee asks to work from home, think twice; it may benefit you both!