Working Remote Why More and More Companies are Doing it
According to skipthedrive.com “Regular work-at-home, among the non-self-employed population, has grown by 140% since 2005, nearly 10x faster than the rest of the workforce or the self-employed.” That means by 2025 remote working will rival office locations. You may be asking yourself why remote work is growing so quickly.
Less Time In Traffic
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American spends roughly 26 minutes commuting by car from their homes to their workplaces. It’s often longer for people who use public transportation. This is all time spent wasted sitting in your car whereas you or your employees could be working quicker if they didn’t have to commute.
Competing Against the Big Guys
Smaller businesses can’t compete against larger organizations when it comes to salary and benefits, but often smaller companies can offer remote work. A study in 2017 by IT solutions company Softchoice, 74% of 1,000 office workers surveyed said they would leave their job for another that offered the option of more remote work.
Endless meetings and outdated workplace practices such as semi-formal attire, keep workers in larger companies tied firmly to their desks. Whereas the flexibility and entrepreneurial spirit that’s alive and well in many small businesses can give employees the freedom they seek.
Working from home allows parents with children the freedom they need to balance work and family. Often parents are more inclined to work for a company that allows this ability over another company who doesn’t.
Hello Better Applicants
We now know parents like this idea but, what about younger people? Younger generations have grown up with screens in their hands since they have been old enough to hold one. This has allowed them to communicate more easily with people via online chat groups, social media, text, and any other e-chat form.
According to a report by Workforce Futures, 83% of employees feel they do not need an office to be productive. That is very true for people who are right out of college. Offering this type of benefit can help employers attract the young, highly skilled employees that might not otherwise be interested in a role.
Being open to remote work can allow a company to hire the perfect person regardless of where that person is based. This is great for smaller businesses who may not have the means to compete with larger companies.
Better Attention Spans
In recent years we have learned that not everyone learns the same way thus not everyone works the same way, or rather not everyone works well in the same environment. Some people do their best work early in the mornings in a quiet environment and others prefer working late at night on their sofas.
Of course, certain rules and regulations need to be set in place but if someone does better work outside of a mainstream office then remote work just might be the answer.
In the end, there are many reasons covered here and not covered, why more and more companies are offering remote work and why more people are looking for companies who offer it. You have to do what is right for yourself or for your company.