Remote working is on the rise, and many businesses worldwide are embracing it. Although traditionally it’s been associated with those who need to be flexible around their children, it’s now an option for many employees that may have a long commute to work, or those who simply feel more productive working away from an office environment.
As we live in a digital era, it’s easy for employees to pick up emails, send important documents or set up virtual meetings from any location. Over the last couple of years, there’s been a dramatic rise of employees beginning to work this way, with many millennials ensuring flexible working is an option when they apply for a job. Although it’s not possible for every company to allow this way of working, it’s proving to be a great move for those who do. Cities such as Berlin, Amsterdam and Tel Aviv embrace it and have cafes and hubs set up for remote workers so they don’t have to work from home and are in the company of others.
There are many benefits to working this way for both the employer and employee; with the main benefit being the freedom to work as and when they please, at times or days that suit their lifestyle. They no longer need to worry about being at the office for 9am after dropping the kids off, going the gym or being stuck in traffic on their commute in. It can lead to an increase in productivity as workers are no longer facing distractions from the office, such as chatting to colleagues or meetings. It can also save a lot of money for both, from rent to commuting and travel costs. It has a great impact on how employees feel too, given that they are trusted to carry out their work from any location.
Although there is a stigma around remote working that it may isolate staff from their colleagues, some prefer to work this way. However, employers do have the responsibility to ensure that they look after their staff, even when they are not physically in their presence. By doing this, they will feel valued and will commit to a company. By keeping in regular contact with them, they may feel less distanced from the rest of the team. Little things like remembering their birthdays or special occasions will show that you are still putting effort and thought into your employees, even when they are not there.
Remote working is not a passing trend, it’s an acceptable way of working in many industries that is set to continue rising. It’s a practical way of working that has many benefits to both the employer and employee.
By Hannah Pennell, a content writer for The Scanner Shop