As the pandemic has progressed, remote working has increased in both necessity and popularity, offering workers a way to maintain their income with less risk of contracting COVID-19, and giving business owners a hand in realising the benefits of their employees working from home. So in today’s post, we’ll be discussing The pros of remote working for employees.
The pros of working remotely for employees:
- Improved mental health – 82% of workers reported lower levels of stress when working from home. Working in a comfortable space as well as the opportunity to be more in control of hours and in turn, more in control of their work/life balance, can have a positive and profound impact on both mood and productivity.
- Less time spent commuting – Remote working isn’t just good for us as business owners or workers, but also, for our environment! Other than a smaller carbon footprint, less commuting for workers means more private time. No long train journeys or smelly bus rides, which we’re sure is a killer when it comes to morale.
- It gives workers a chance to become comfortable on their own – And the more comfortable someone feels, the more likely it is that they’ll begin to contribute some amazing ideas and perspectives to discussions.
- The ability to work ANYWHERE – It’s in the name, but easy to forget that remote working literally means, working from anywhere! This minor detail plays a major part in the daily life of a remote worker. If there are issues at home, they can pop up to their local coffee shop. If the wifi is playing up, they can do the same. No need to miss out on hours of valuable work. Just change your location, location, location! (Sorry – we couldn’t help ourselves!)
- Flexibility – Instead of the rigid 9am – 5pm, some workers can have better flexibility in their daily work lives. That means less pressure to take a break when you’re told to, and more freedom to take a break when you feel you need it most.
Important things to consider as an employee shifting from office working to remote working:
- One of THE MOST important things to remember when it comes to remote working is that communication is everything! Because you can’t physically communicate, it’s important that your verbal communication is at the top of its game, and that you’re overcommunicating where appropriate to ensure nothing is missed. Make sure you feel comfortable with communicating in this way, and if you don’t, ask your supervisor or mentor for some tips or to help you practice.
- Do you have all the information you need to ensure you can complete the job to the best of your ability? If the answer is I think so, or maybe, then you probably don’t. So practice those communication skills and ASK!
- What tools do you need to deliver this project? Ask yourself, do I have everything I need on my end?
- Are you keeping track of time spent on certain tasks? It’s easy to spend hours doing something you love, but how does it affect the rest of your workload? Remember to time-block!
Many articles out there delve into detail on the pros and cons of office vs remote working and which is better. For us, the remote working model has worked a treat since 2016, and we don’t see it going anywhere, any time soon.
Have you already introduced remote working to your team? Check out our blog post – Managing your remote team effectively, for useful insights on what to look out for when making the transition.