The flexible workspace revolution is here at last and while it might look temporary, its influence could be lasting. Due to the ongoing pandemic businesses and organisations have had to resort to asking employees to start working remotely. This means more people than ever before now find themselves thrown into the remote working arrangement.
While some might have their reservations about the system, it definitely has its advantages. For one thing, you get to spend more time with family, assuming you do want to spend time with family in the first place.
So here are a few other advantages of working remotely.
• For employees
1. Less time, energy and money spent commuting
This might not be so important for those blessed enough to have their workplaces situated close to their homes. On the other hand, for those who aren't quite as lucky (I’ll give you a hint; they are mostly Lagosians), this is a big boost. Commuting to and from work can be time consuming, expensive, and very stressful.Working remotely gives you the comfort of always being where you need to be. Click To Tweet
The trip from your workstation to the fridge is probably the longest commute you'll take all day. Likewise, employers can also benefit indirectly from this situation. Employees are less stressed and can always start earlier and close later than normal when working remotely.
2. Freedom to organise a flexible schedule and space
People tend to have a distinct creative process. This means that different individuals thrive in different environments; a 22-year old's workspace and work schedule preferences would differ to that of a 35 year old's. Working remotely puts the power of choice back in their hands, making them more comfortable and productive.
It is a very accommodating approach to satisfy all the different personalities in play.
• For employers
3. Lower operation costs
From office space to all the necessary components needed to make the space conducive for work, running a business is expensive. A remote working environment for your employees means you get to spend so much less on things like air-conditioning and power, etc.
While most businesses might feel a remote arrangement is too extreme, it has its benefits. You could choose to sample the idea and allow employees work from home 2 days a week.
4. Remote working option makes your business competitive
Remote working can boost your businesses by exposing it to a wider pool of applicants. Regardless of the nature of a business, it is the people who drive the success or failure of said business.
With the emergence of team networks, top talents and looking for opportunities at forward-thinking jobs, the ability to attract those skilled hands can be a key factor in standing out from the competition.
In conclusion, the remote arrangement has benefits for all involved. However, like most things, it can have a downside. Make sure to ease into it and take precautions before committing long-term.