According to a recent study, half of the UK’s workforce will be working remotely by the year 2020. Does it sound unbelievable? Are you wondering if it is beneficial to either party and if it is even feasible? And what is motivation for employees to prefer working remotely?
Working remotely is a boon to productivity as one can avoid office politics, office gossip, celebrity news, and other unfruitful conversations.
A recent survey indicates that the remote workforce in the UK has significantly higher productivity than open-plan offices. With fewer distractions, the employee working remotely can accomplish more in lesser time. With the stress of commuting to the office out of the picture, remote workers can give more time to their personal life, health, and better their lifestyle.
With their increased presence at home, they can give more time to the family and also take up a couple of additional responsibilities at home. Working remotely also offers flexibility in working hours which has a huge positive impact on the morale of employees.
The time and money saved that would have been spent on commute leads to higher staff morale. Also, the ability to pick one’s working hours makes them more responsible and accountable.
Since a virtual workspace is not bound geographically, it matches with the current mindset of the youth that believes in utilizing technology to work remotely and lead a nomadic lifestyle. This digital nomad population is highly efficient and happier as they can travel throughout the world without missing work.
Although lesser stress, higher morale, and improved productivity among the employees are all benefits to the employer also but there are more for employers to embrace virtual workspace. So, here are some benefits of having a remote team over having them work in a conventional office space.
The biggest benefit is that they do not have to limit their talent search to one city or state anymore. They can hire the best candidates with the most suitable skills and experience from anywhere in the world.
Employers can also take advantage of the time zone difference between their base and the location of the remote employee.
For example, at the end of work hours, an employer in Canada may assign a task to his remote employee in India who will be able to start working on it while the employer sleeps. The remote employee in India will possibly be able to deliver work even before the employer wakes up the next morning. It is probably the quickest way to complete a task. The employers have the added advantage of reduced office expenses as several overhead expenses will not be incurred anymore.
For better engagement employer-employee several cloud-based software applications can be used. There are several project management portals, video conferencing applications, work collaboration tools, and software that can help employers in tracking the performance of the whole remote team.
Check out this infographic from McGowan Transcriptions to learn more about switching to a virtual workspace, and what tools can be deployed for best results.