The rise in the popularity of remote work
Technological progress and increasing digitization have paved the way for the popularity of telework. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 884,000 people worked remotely in 2008. The fast forward to 2018, exactly a decade later, and the number has increased to 1.54 million remote workers. Today, with everyone keeping social distance and staying at home due to the outbreak of the corona virus, remote work has pretty much become the new norm. This surge in popularity should come as no surprise given the numerous benefits of teleworking.
In the following points, we will briefly examine how remote working works. So let's get started.
Various studies have shown that employees in their home office are more productive than in a traditional workplace. Working from home means fewer distractions and interruptions, minimal office politics and less stress. In addition, the lack of commuting saves you valuable time. With telework you can also create a personalized work environment. All of these work together to provide you with comfort, convenience, and flexibility, which in turn allows you to have more control over your schedule, prioritize your tasks, and use your time productively.
Telework helps both employers and employees save money. With wide availability and easy access to a variety of online meeting software and collaboration tools, employers can now easily monitor and manage their business online, saving money on rent, maintenance, supplies, etc. On the other hand, employees can significantly save on their travel expenses, which typically make up a significant portion of their monthly expenses.
Better work-life balance
As already mentioned, you can better control your daily routine with Remote Working. This allows you to manage your workload alongside your personal commitments, family commitments, etc. By maintaining a better work-life balance, you can alleviate some of the stresses of domestic life, spend more time with loved ones, and ultimately improve your quality of life. When an employee manages to reconcile work and home, they feel more committed and motivated to work, which in turn increases productivity.
Increased job satisfaction
By eliminating the daily commute to work, longer hours in the office and busy lunchtimes, working from home can improve the health and well-being of employees. When employees work comfortably from home, they can effectively keep work-related stress and anxiety at bay, making them both happier and healthier. Because of this, remote workers are less likely to experience burnout. In addition, studies show that teleworkers tend to take fewer days off sick than office workers, probably due to the lower exposure to germs typically found in a traditional office. The flexibility, comfort, convenience, and better work-life balance that goes with remote work lead to satisfied employees, and as you know, a satisfied employee is a productive employee.
The advantages of telework don't stop there. Distance work also has a positive impact on the environment. When we work from home, we commute less, reducing our carbon footprint and helping our environment. If there is a way out of all of this, the increasing popularity of remote work is not a temporary trend. Telework is there to stay!