Remote work is becoming more and more popular, with telecommuting having grown 115% in the past decade, and 16% of businesses exclusively hiring remote workers. But why are businesses starting to move to a remote model?
It Increases Productivity
People might assume that remote office working means employees aren’t getting much work done. But the reality is that it can actually boost productivity. We spoke to Dan at the Northern Web who was kind enough to reiterate our points on productivity when working remotely. “The beauty of being freelance is that you can work from wherever you have a laptop and an internet connection. Whilst I do have permanent office space, it’s always nice to know that I can work from anywhere in the world if required.”
It Boosts Employee Retention
Employees stick with an employer for longer if they are allowed to telecommute. This could be because of the flexibility that can be gained from remote working and the lack of commute.
It Lowers Costs
Using a remote model saves money for businesses. They don’t need so much office space, and they don’t need to provide equipment, utilities and countless other facilities for their employees.
Employees Save Too
Employees also save money with a remote model, which can help employers to make and keep the right hires. Staff get to cut out the cost of their commute, which can help them save even with the extra costs of working from home.
Businesses Want to Go Green
Some businesses have the environment in mind when choosing a remote model. By choosing remote office work, they reduce the amount employees need to travel and help to cut down on CO2 emissions.
Remote Working Is Increasingly In Demand
Employees may need to answer the demands of employers, but employers have to listen to employees too. And employees are increasingly asking for the benefit of working from home, whether it’s on a part-time or full-time basis.