Wondering how to push your business forward post-pandemic? Here’s why every British business leader needs to enable remote working right now.
Over the last few years, remote working’s become more and more commonplace across the UK. Fast-forward to 2020 and the Coronavirus pandemic, and suddenly it’s a necessity.
But while working from home has been crucial for so many businesses over the last few months, some will now be working towards physically bringing teams back together and trying to return to some semblance of the way life was pre-pandemic.
Thing is, right now, remote working can be so much more than a means to an end.
In fact, we reckon it’s the crucial key to making businesses more competitive, more productive and more profitable. Here’s why.
Remote working is great for productivity
A recent study by CoSo Cloud found that 77% of remote workers report being more productive at home than they are in the office. The majority claim they are able to get more done in less time and accomplish more at home than they used to in an office.
Interestingly, 75% of respondents in another study by Flexjobs said that they actually have fewer distractions at home, which means they can focus better and work more productively as a result.
Remote working can have a positive influence on health and wellness
While COVID-19 meant that home working was mandatory for reducing the risk of the virus spreading, there are obvious health benefits that remain applicable not just during a pandemic. Not only will remote working give your business a better shot at making it through the winter with fewer sick days taken, but you could also see as many as 63% fewer absences all year round!
The majority of telecommuters claim they experience less work-related stress as a result of working from home too. A whopping 80% of the participants in a study by Amerisleep said this was the case; extremely important not just during a pandemic, but for any business going forward too.
Remote working lowers your employee churn rate
A few years back, a study of employees in the US found that 53% of remote workers were not considering leaving their jobs in the coming year, whereas 54% in-house workers were actively looking for a new place to work.
More recent research by Owl Labs found that businesses that allow remote working benefit from a 25% lower employee turnover rate too. So not only does enabling a remote workforce seem to be a fantastic selling point for businesses, but it means that you’ll most likely spend less on recruitment in the long run too.
Remote working creates savings for both businesses and employees
Another great selling point to attract great candidates to your roles is the savings. Employees can save thousands by cutting out commuting costs, and of course the inevitable “working lunches” too.
But it’s not just your employees who’ll save money; your business will too.
With fewer overheads like reduced or zero rent, utilities and office furniture, you can slash your business’s expenses quickly and easily.
Are there any obstacles to making remote working… work?
Any company that’s made the move towards remote working this year will have experienced some inevitable teething problems that can crop up. But, as is the case for most things in life and business, good communication is the key.
The first step is knowing the pitfalls to avoid, and the second is putting the right systems in place to make remote working slick, simple and profitable. If you’d like to get a firmer grip on the obstacles you’ll need to overcome, click here to download our e-guide to enabling a remote workforce.
Like we say, with a proper set-up and the right tools, your employees will be able to continue to deliver great service to your customers, make important decisions quickly and feel satisfied by their work too.
At Boosh 365 we’re dedicated to helping the world communicate better, and if you’re considering enabling ongoing remote working in your business, we’d really love to help. Give us a call on 01252 916888 or send a message to [email protected] to push your business forward on the other side of the pandemic.