Working outside the traditional office space is up for discussion. In our current world, what is an appropriate workplace?
What is remote working?
When people work remotely, instead of commuting and using their own desk, they can have the flexibility to balance their days and still reach their work goals.
Remote working takes place in a number of ways; some work remotely for most of the week, but manage face to face meetings, others work in managed spaces, that act as hubs, where they have access to all of the technology and necessary equipment giving them flexibility to choose a location to work from.
Why work remotely and what are the benefits?
The question is why do people choose to work remotely and why would their managers’ allow them to do this?
Well, there are some very good reasons:-
It is cheaper for a business to opt for remote working. The business could see a decreased overhead by saving on rentals and office space.
More importantly employers may keep their workers happy and engaged and, if the business is interested in talent retention, then it’s a great way of showing your employees you value them.
When someone works remotely, they are likely to have higher productivity – no long commutes in to work and no distractions.
What are the business concerns of remote working?
As we see remote working becoming more popular, there is still some concern around this type of working style. Mostly we hear that communication is more difficult. It is true to say that you may not be attending meetings in person, but with virtual technology, and the fact, that remote workers are normally more motivated and pro-active, communication is unlikely to be impacted.
There is a concern that workers are not available when remote working. Normally remote workers are more flexible in their working hours, they tend to be available when needed and, because they don’t want to ‘drop the ball’ make it work. It’s important that the boundaries and goals are set in advance and agreed between employer and workers.
Remote workers don’t work! This is the most common feedback received when talking about remote working. There is a view that workers are at home, get up when they want, work in their PJs and work now and then. Well, from a business point of view, if you have set the parameters of the working agreement, know what needs to be achieved and delivered and when, you will know whether your workers are being productive. Most remote workers do not want to let people down and get things done.
When time is not rich for a lot of people, surely it’s a solution for more employers to review and implement flexible working. It’s fair to say it does not suit everyone, but if you fancy giving this work life balance a go – don’t be scared, strive to achieve it and see where it takes you.
Your HR Help can support you in achieving your goals.