Many organizations that previously had few to no remote employees suddenly had to switch gears to a remote workforce because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As business operations are transitioning to a new normal, employers are considering whether to continue with remote work, which can have many advantages. Check out these seven reasons to consider a remote workforce:
1. Increased Productivity
A common concern regarding remote work is the lack of oversight will prevent employees from focusing on the work at hand. However, working offsite eliminates many of the common distractions of a physical workplace that prevent employees from being able to give their full focus to their most pressing tasks and generally results in increased productivity.
2. Larger Talent Pool
When you’re hiring for in-person roles, you are confined to a specific geographical location for recruitment. A remote workforce opens up the possibilities for you to draw from a much larger talent pool, so you can hire the best candidate overall, rather than choosing from whoever is nearby.
3. Reduces Expenses
The typical infrastructure for a physical workplace can be costly, such as real estate, utilities, security, etc. You can reduce many operating expenses by opting for a remote workforce. While remote work does have its own costs, such as cloud storage for data or other cybersecurity measures, it is likely to result in significant savings.
4. Lowers Health and Safety Risks
Health and safety in the workplace must be a major priority for employers, both legally and ethically. By moving toward a remote workforce, your organization can lower many of the common health and safety risks that come with a physical workplace, such as viruses spreading from people coming into work while ill or getting injured on the job.
5. Reduced Absenteeism
Often the physical or mental health issues that prevent employees from being able to come into the office do not leave them unable to work remotely. Having a remote workforce can lead to reduced absenteeism since employees will not need to take as many unplanned sick days.
6. Less Stress for Employees
Hectic commutes in heavy traffic are a major cause of work-related stress for employees, along with factors that cause them physical discomfort, whether it’s work clothes, their office chair, noise or temperature levels, etc. Remote workers tend to deal with less stress, and therefore, are more satisfied with their jobs.
7. Boosts Engagement
Employees who are engaged go above and beyond to exceed expectations because they are internally motivated and truly want to. If you want higher morale and reduced turnover, a remote workforce could help. Employees who work from home are able to have autonomy and work-life balance, and in turn, feel trusted and valued by their employer and are more likely to want to give it their all.
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