Remote work is not a new concept; it has been around for quite a while. However, it was only recently that remote work started increasing in popularity due to COVID-19 restrictions and market changes.
In the United States, about 43% of all employees are already working remotely, and many businesses and enterprises around the world decided to follow suit.
Remote work, especially for those running a large team, can be an incredibly demanding task. Numerous myths surround remote work, such as the lack of communication, decreased productivity, or diminished work culture. But, when executed correctly, remote work can become an incredibly efficient way to move things forward, as long as the enterprise and employees are equipped with the right tools.
Here are the most significant benefits of switching to remote work, both for enterprises and their employees.
1. More Efficient Communication
Contrary to the popular myth, communication is more efficient when employees work from home. There are numerous project management solutions that can get everyone on the same page and all files in the same place. There will be no more need for sending email chains or taxing progress reports.
2. Increased Productivity
According to a study carried out at JD Edwards, teleworkers turned out to be 20% to 25% more productive than their office counterparts. People who work from home have fewer social distractions and more opportunities to take a break when needed. According to psychological research, taking breaks helps with overall performance, creativity, and motivation.
3. Better Flexibility at Work
Working nine to five isn’t ideal for all employees due to their schedules or even differing energy levels. Remote work, in most cases, allows employees to choose their own working hours. That way, employees can remain productive within the hours when they feel the most innovative, resulting in improved productivity and efficiency.
4. Eliminated or Reduced Commuting
Long commutes are a part of numerous employees’ daily lives. Commuting takes much time, and it often has a negative impact on the employees and their families. In addition, many enterprises choose to pay for their employees’ commuting costs. Eliminating commutes altogether can save employees nine full calendar days of driving back and forth and help the company reduce its costs.
5. Talent Pools Expand
When an enterprise switches to remote work, it is no longer limited to hiring local talent. This means that the company has a higher chance of finding a person with the exact skills, experience, and personality to fit best within their organization. Thanks to remote work, enterprises can bring in perspectives from other countries and cultures and create a well-rounded group of professionals to grow with.
Remote work is undoubtedly the future of work. However, an enterprise’s scale can present an obstacle to working from home as it is not always easy to manage large teams from a distance. Nonetheless, as long as an enterprise has access to collaboration and security tools and uses SaaS applications for various work processes such as Google Docs or Trello, communication and productivity should not present a problem.
Is your company looking to make a switch to remote work? Companies using business intelligence (BI) platforms tend to have a smoother transition from the office to remote work, as they have a tool in place that allows them to adapt to unpredictable situations. With the help of TRUECHART, collaboration and insights across departments will be easier than ever before.
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