The world has gone for remote working in a big way over the last year. The pandemic has forced more traditional, office-based organizations to implement remote working where they otherwise wouldn’t have. It was a huge learning curve for many companies, as they rushed to get their systems secure and hardware to their employees.
Many of the previous objections such as security and fears over staff productivity have been proven to be somewhat unjustified.
A lot of businesses have found that remote working has no detrimental effect on productivity, in fact, it often increases it. Employees themselves have found a lot of benefits in working from home. It saves them a lot of money, allows a better work-life balance, and gives them autonomy in their workday.
So if your company is now thinking of moving to a fully remote model, here are some of the benefits.
No Office Lease Costs
No offices mean no renting real estate. You could be saving tens of thousands of dollars per month on office space. When you do need to bring employers together, there are many co-working spaces popping up in response to the need for short term office space.
You’ll also save money on office furniture and other associated costs. All you’ll need to do is provide your employees with the tech they need a minder laptop stand or chair.
A Wider Talent Pool
Your potential hires don’t have to be located within commuting distance of the office, or have to physically relocate from another state or country. They can be anywhere, meaning you are likely to get a better standard of applicants. Fully remote working is also a great perk to attract people to your company.
You’ll also save money on certain positions too. Security, office managers, etc. aren’t needed in a remote workplace.
Higher Levels of Productivity
When people are feeling happier with their work-life balance, and are given the trust of working how they want to work, it can cause a huge rise in employee engagement and productivity.
Things to Consider When Moving to a Remote Setup
It’s not simply a case of giving everyone a laptop and having them do the job from home. If a company goes 100% remote, it has to address issues around employee onboarding, building a culture remotely, and communication and collaboration tools. Plus, as people naturally move on, you will be an evolving company, and if you don’t have the processes in place to build it properly, it won’t be long before things begin to unravel.
A lot of businesses are asking themselves the question right now of how they should incorporate remote working into their business going forward. Do they want to go to an entirely remote model or a hybrid in which employees are given more freedom in their working patterns?
One thing is for sure, it’s going to be difficult to go back to a 100% traditional model. Now that employees know the benefits of working remotely and employers can no longer hold fears about productivity or security over them, it would definitely be a step backward.