Over the years, there has been a shift in working styles and many office jobs have had to make some major adjustments along the way, the biggest one being many organisations have had to switch to remote work. In 2022 however, many disregard the benefits that working remotely has to offer.
Working from home has not only proved to be extremely beneficial for employees but for employers also. By enabling your team to work wherever they want and with less emphasis on in-person gatherings, companies can improve on productivity, continue to foster real connections, and provide a more inclusive working environment.
In truth, offices are only one factor in attaining company goals and by reducing the friction that comes with working in a physical space, businesses may find that they may reach their objectives much quicker. Commuting time and travel expenses has also reduced for employees, leaving them with a sense of satisfaction having not spent hours travelling back and forth to work.
When a company focuses on exceptional customer service, making better products, producing stronger outcomes, and promoting enhanced and sustainable employee satisfaction, they build a powerful working team, which is all made possible with the introduction of remote work.
Focusing on your goals
Companies should focus on goals attained rather than hours worked as a metric of productivity. Employees who achieve their objectives in less time than the typical 40-hour work week should be commended and rewarded.
Rather than attempting to return to normal working environments, organisations are replacing the way they perceive the integration of their professional and personal lives, to achieve company goals. Using the powerful advancement of digital tools, productive interaction has been facilitated, eliminating the need for a physical workplace as the sole mechanism for driving corporate outcomes.
Having a well-established work-life balance is often what is most valued by employees. Many remote jobs come with flexible hours, allowing employees to start and stop their days whenever they like, as long as their work is completed and produces positive results. When it comes to adhering to the needs of your personal life, having control over your work schedule can be really beneficial.
Parenting never has a schedule, whether you need to drop the kids off at school, run errands, or be at home for a contractor. Working remotely allows you to juggle these responsibilities, especially when you are trusted by your employer.
Positive environmental impact
Before the global pandemic, 3.9 million employees who worked from home at least half of the time, cut greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of removing 600,000 cars from the road for a year. For those who worked at home part-time, 7.8 billion vehicle miles are avoided each year, 3 million tons of greenhouse gases (GHG) are avoided, and $980 million in oil is saved.
Telecommuters may have the same influence on air quality as planting an entire forest of 91 million trees by making good environmental decisions such as using less paper and monitoring their air conditioning, heating, and lighting. Working from home does not only provide great benefits for both employees and employers but for the environment too.
Working from home has changed the way many perceive their work, and although this method does not apply to every industry, it would certainly be beneficial for employers to look into this way of work further.