Remote work has become immensely popular due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Enterprise organizations working in 2022 and beyond will need to adapt to today’s digital climate. With technology advances, we are able to communicate, collaborate, and many tasks can be managed online.
There is little sign that remote working will go back to “normal” at any time soon. While it’s here to stay, remote working may evolve over the next few months. As companies assess whether or not to bring employees back into the office, remote workers hope they can continue to work from home.
McKinsey estimates that 20 to 25 percent of the workforce could work from home three to five days per week without any loss to productivity. Overall, remote workers have 50% less absenteeism, increased efficiency, and work at optimal performance. About 90% of employees believe that work from home increases morale, engagement, and their productivity.
Companies who were considering opening their offices back up are finding that they may need to push that date to January or even further. Some organizations are also planning to go completely remote and leave the office space behind.
Here are 8 ways enterprise organizations can support a remote workforce and also help their companies thrive:
Research has shown that remote workers benefit from working at home. They spend less time commuting and have fewer workplace distractions. Many employees feel working from home gives them the time and space to do their jobs. According to Stanford University, remote workers overall have more productive days than office workers.
When geographical location is removed from the equation, employees can basically work from anywhere. Enterprise organizations have the ability to recruit new employees based on their needs and can provide new hires more options to find the right fit. A survey from GoodHire found that 85% of respondents prefer to apply for jobs that offer full or hybrid remote-work options.
Remote workers tend to be happier and more satisfied, because they have benefit of taking advantage of flexible working hours. For example, a remote worker might work early in the morning and through mid-day, and then stop working when their children get home from school. Then, they may work a few hours after the kids go to bed. Flexible work schedules also give employees more time to get a full night’s sleep, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy diet.
Better employee engagement
Absenteeism is one the biggest problems that enterprise organizations must face. The opportunity to work remotely and the ability to have flexibility is something that many employees want. Companies can offer employees the option to work remotely, work part-time in a hybrid office situation, or work solely in the office.
Operating expenses are always a primary concern of almost all businesses. Due to remote working, enterprise organizations are finding ways to cut their fixed and variable costs, such as rent, utilities, computers, technology, etc. Research shows that companies could save up to $11,000 per year, if employees worked an average of 2.5 days per work at home.
More diversity and inclusion
Remote work benefits diversity and inclusion. Over six million people in the US labor force have some form of disability. Commuting poses a significant barrier to many of these people, depending on the nature of their disabilities. Being able to recruit from anywhere also helps break down barriers and allows organizations to hire those who are right for the job, regardless of gender or ethnicity.
How can remote working be more environmentally-friendly? When employees remove the commute, there is less traffic and fewer emissions on the roads. In addition, with fewer employees actually working at a company’s physical location, the organization also benefits from have a smaller carbon footprint and waste generation.
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