The remote working revolution is one of those celebrated concepts – like the paperless office or the co-working drive –that’s made waves across industries. But, despite its supposed brilliance, no one’s actually seen it come to fruition yet.
We’re all a little nervous about fully committing to the non-traditional ways of remote working, still unsure of its effect on productivity and how to keep flexibility under control.
Sure, the idea of escaping the dreaded commute through rush hour and spending every nine-to-five in our pyjamas on the sofa is one we all enjoy fantasising about on a dreary Wednesday afternoon in the office, but taking the plunge is an entirely different matter.
Understanding the benefits
Whether it’s hiring remote workers or training existing staff to work from home, like the 75% who believe the transition will only add pressure, the costs involved and the fear of the unknown makes it a risk you’re just not willing to take.
But for those in the know, the benefits far outweigh the difficulties involved.
That’s why the experts say that by next year 50% of UK businesses will have adopted flexible working.
If you’re still uhm-ing and aah-ing about committing to the business world’s next big revolution, we’ve highlighted three irresistible reasons for embracing remote working.
#1: the environmental benefits are huge
The environmental benefits of remote working are clear to see – fewer commuters means fewer cars on the road and reduced carbon emissions.
And if going green isn’t enough of a reason for you, the financial side effects are sure to be attractive. With traveling time payments and reimbursements no longer necessary, as well as lower energy usage in your less-populated office, your overheads will be significantly smaller.
You’ll basically be saving the environment and saving money at the same time – what could be better?
#2: you can build an expert talent pool
The flexibility and accessibility created by allowing remote working means employees don’t have to be based near your head office – or even in the same country – to join your team.
That means you also get more choice when it comes to picking the right people for your business, free from the traditional constraints of having one shared workplace for all staff members. In fact, evidence proves you’ll attract better candidates just by offering flexible options.
As you recruit experts from around the world, you’ll be smugly scoffing at fear-mongering reports of desperate skills shortages and enjoying the luxury of having the most talented team available.
#3: it’s easier than ever before
Making the most of remote working is easier than ever before thanks to increasingly effective and useful tech-based solutions for some of its trickiest challenges.
For your part, the admin side of looking after a team of employees based around the world can be successfully managed by correct use of the cloud. In particular, HR and global payroll solutions cut out a lot of the legal legwork involved with wages and contracts.
Collaborative software like Google Docs has also progressed in leaps and bounds and is a crucial investment for ensuring your remote workers stay on track and connected to each other.
Whether you’re looking to add a little more flexibility to your workplace or are preparing to go the whole hog by transitioning to a virtual office, understanding the benefits of remote working is sure to give you the confidence to finally put your plans into action.