The Covid-19 pandemic threw the world into an entirely new ‘work from home’ culture. For an extended period, there was no busy morning commutes or office politics to talk over. For many, the only form of social interaction was via a zoom video call. However, despite the easing of nearly all coronavirus-related restrictions in July 2021, many companies have decided to permanently integrate remote working into their model or drawing up a hybrid working schedule. The practise is now commonplace, with 62% of employees aged 22 to 65 saying they work remotely at least occasionally. This notion has opened endless opportunities for companies in the UK, and they have grabbed the benefits they reap with two hands.
Having the option to work remotely means that the field of jobs you can apply for becomes a lot larger. You will have the opportunity to work for your dream company, without writing it off due to its location or having to relocate. For the employer, this is also a clear benefit as it means they can choose the best person for the job, rather than the closest person. Additionally, the company won’t have to reimburse the employee for mileage or train commutes. Unnecessary travelling is a thing of the past, and it also means that employees aren’t bound to a specific city they secretly despise. With remote working, the employee has the option of catching a train down South to see family, without having to take any days off work.
A key advantage of remote work is the money saved on office space. If the company is fully remote, you are going to save a tonne which can be used elsewhere to develop the business. However, many firms people recognise the importance of having an office presence. With a hybrid model of remote and office work, the company can downsize to save money on rent. Companies will no longer have to be concerned about fitting a certain number of people into one physical space at a time. Individuals can choose when they come into work, or the company may have a specific rota for who comes in when.
Remote working naturally offers a lot of benefits for the employees in each company. They can enjoy greater freedom and flexibility which is especially helpful to those with care duties. Feeling like the company you work for really listens to your needs is going to boost morale and increase staff retention. Additionally, employees will have more time to engage in other activities outside of work as they start to cut down on long commutes. This means they are likely to have a much greater work-life balance, feel fulfilled, and therefore deliver a higher standard of work for your company.
Whatever your motivations for incorporating remote working into your organisation, it is sure to reap many benefits.