Updated: Apr 15, 2020
Did you know that remote workers are some of the happiest and most productive workers on the planet?
It's true. Work from home productivity research has found that people who work from home at least once a month are 24% more likely to be happy and productive when going about their tasks. The number gets significantly higher when you speak to people who work remotely 100% of the time - when surveyed, an overwhelming amount of millennials indicated that they would quit their current job in favor of an offer of something more flexible.
Remote work is a new style of work that enables professionals to work outside of a traditional office environment. There has been a noted shift in what the definition of a true workplace is, and amidst the panic of COVID-19, technology is the real hero. In the past decade, the internet and personal home technology have become so advanced that pretty much anyone can fulfill their work-related tasks from just about anywhere in the world, and more companies are considering remote work as a serious strategy for keeping overhead low, amongst other major benefits.
Considering the reality the world is currently facing with the outbreak and spread of COVID-19, more people are working from home than ever before. Remote work is no longer restricted to just programming or lesser, dodgy call center jobs, but now includes other legitimate industries (even those which are not traditionally tech-based).
This is why going remote is the future of work and a few of the benefits that both employees and employers stand to gain:
Can work from the comfort of their own home, on their own devices that they are already familiar with.
Can work more flexible hours, allowing them more freedom to pursue hobbies or passion projects.
Can work from anywhere, and keep their options open depending on their mood that day.
Can benefit from a better work-life balance than corporate jobs can offer.
Can work with and become part of a global team and befriend teammates from multiple exciting cultures.
Can get the opportunity to expand their skills as part of their work benefits, including learning new languages.
Can travel more freely (outside of current coronavirus circumstances).
Can keep overhead low by avoiding typical business expenses like office rentals or hiring costs.
Can gain access to a global pool of knowledge and potential employees that are more skilled than their competitors.
Can benefit from the costs that can be saved by hiring using the internet to cross borders.
Can improve employee retention and job contentment.
Can increase worker productivity and depend on more consistent availability.
Can see a reduction in worker absenteeism.
Can actively reduce their impact on the environment by cutting down on employee commuting.
Needless to say, the benefits that both parties can gain makes this a win-win situation for employees and their employers. These benefits, paired with the fact that millennials and Gen Z are more tuned into the digital world and don't want to work traditional 9-5 jobs ultimately make going remote a more productive and cost-effective way to run a business.
It's not only employers that benefit from the cost-savings that remote work can offer. By not having to commute, earning higher salaries due to sought-after skills and being able to actively manage their home budget, remote workers can maximize their earning and saving potential.
That’s the greatest beauty of allowing people to work from home - they get to choose to work in a way that makes the most sense for them.
Note that remote work can also have its downsides too - just as there are decided benefits, there will be decided disadvantages that could even be dealbreakers. Not everyone is suited to working from home, to start. Some prefer the social, bustling energy of a traditional office as a way to fuel their productivity, and find it difficult to transition to the quiet of working solo. Others struggle to trust the reliability of remote work - what if it is a 'here today, gone tomorrow' situation?
Desk To Remote is here to answer these questions, and help make the transition of working in an office to working from home a little easier. Stay tuned for more of our remote-centric content, in which we'll cover what else you need to know about going fully remote, how to know if it is the right career path for you and even which top companies are hiring right now!