8 July 2022

Is Remote Working The Way Forward?

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COVID has revolutionised the world of work. Gone are the days when employees had to brave commuter traffic and rush to an office to get things done. 

Remote working has changed the professional landscape for good, making it easier for businesses to continue their operations from anywhere on Earth – yes – anywhere.

Mount Everest (or the moon) being no exception! 

So if you want to leave the rat race behind and pursue a career that gives you more time with the pups, working from home may just be your match.

What is remote work?

Remote working is an arrangement between company and staff which allows workers to perform their duties away from a traditional office. 

It’s based on the idea that productivity isn’t tied to a location, but to an employee’s mental health and well-being.

Why do people work remotely?

Remote working benefits employers as much as employees. Think of it as a relationship. But a healthy one where there’s an equal balance of give and take between the two.

How remote working benefits employees

1. Flexibility

Remote working opens doors to flexibility. As you’re not in the office, you’ll be able to prioritise your day accordingly.

You could get some washing done, fit a yoga session in over lunch, or simply, pop to the supermarket to carry out the weekly food shop. 

If you’re a parent, you can do the school run without worrying you’ll be late for the kids.

Waiting to be picked up from school

2. Wellness

According to a Forbes study, remote workers are generally less stressed than their in-house counterparts. Why?

Well… they don’t have to make that early morning commute so many people dread. Or brave traffic jams on the A406 North Circular to get from one side of town to the next.

As a remote employee, you’d wake up, hop into the shower, head over to the fridge for a fibre-filled brekkie and rock up at your home office, ready to start the day. 

3. Renewed motivation

Remote working results in more productive employees. As there’s no office banter to get distracted by, staff tend to concentrate better on work. 

Once you’ve experienced this utopian way of living, you won’t want to go back. You’ll feel a renewed sense of motivation to maintain the lifestyle you’ve worked so hard to achieve.

How remote working benefits employers

1. Cost effective

Telecommuting saves businesses money. 

If a business is 100% remote-based, the company can do without an office altogether and rent a workspace like Tobacco Dock instead for occasional in-person meetings.

This would help organisations massively in cutting costs and allow them to invest their cash elsewhere, in profit shares, for example.

2. Attracts new talent

Remote working is a great incentive when it comes to attracting new talent. 

By giving employees the option to work from home, companies would have the upper hand in the job market over competitors who aren’t open to the idea.

This would mean they’d be able to recruit some of the biggest and brightest talent from all over the country…without needing to be location-centric.

3. Helps the environment

Businesses that champion sustainability get brownie points. Fact.

Working from home has several environmental benefits, such as the following:

  • Less traffic pollution due to a reduction in the number of people driving to work.
  • Less inclination for employees to throw away plastic cups on lunch breaks. 
  • Less energy consumption as staff will no longer be using office heating and lights.

Traffic pollution brought to a standstill as a result of remote working

Remote working jobs in London

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