As improvements in communications technology allow for organizations to contact each other at a moment’s notice, it has become much more practical for employees to work remotely. The flexibility afforded by communications suites such as Slack and Skype have made it easier than ever for professionals to complete and share their work. Originally regarded as something of a generational oddity, working from home has now received more careful consideration when it comes to keeping schedules flexible. However, there are some less obvious benefits to remote work for both employees and companies.
Improving Employee Health
Stress is something that can degrade employees over time, eroding their faith in their own jobs. Modern workplaces have struggled to combat stress on this level, and remote work is an easy way to do so. Between the pressures of working in an office to frustrating commutes, many professionals come to work stressed and stay that way all day. Remote work offers a reprieve from these issues and a way to break up the repetition of a work week.
Along with the aforementioned health benefits comes with a surprising improvement in work. Being away from the usual work environment can foster creativity and spur productivity. In fact, a Gallup poll found that workers that spent 60-80% of their time away from their offices reported the highest levels of engagement.
Account For Health Issues
Americans are working longer and retiring later, and with these trends has come a need to accommodate older individuals and professionals with disabilities. Remote work is a great way to keep employees in rotation if they want to stay at their jobs and also tackle health needs. It also frees up time for them to make appointments as needed.
For employees, remote works presents an interesting challenge. Too much of it can often be isolating, but in many cities, spaces often exist specifically for these kinds of professionals. These spaces can foster professional connections and lead to mutual support. Even outside of coworking spaces, daily interactions while on the job can provide some surprising opportunities to network.
Companies should do all that they can to prevent churn, which can be costly and detrimental to a business in the long term. Providing options for remote work can cause a sharp decline in job attrition. It isn’t difficult to see why based on what we’ve discussed; a workforce that is healthy, engaged, and happy is much more willing to stick with a company for longer. It’s easier for employees to achieve an ideal work-life balance because it’s built into their work.
Telecommuting has gone far beyond just a trend. It is more feasible than ever for companies to allow remote work—and goes a long way toward accommodating for lifestyles and keeping people happy.