Given the evolving nature of workplace flexibility in the modern age, it is probable that you have considered the option of allowing some members of your team to work remotely. This could mean some employees working from home or any other location than the workplace. Of course, there are several advantages of having your entire team in one place, but the technology and resources at your disposal today make working remotely almost as good as working in the office. In fact, you have much to gain by allowing your team this leverage. Here are 6 compelling reasons why:
- Happy employees are more productive, and employees are happy when they are allowed some degree of flexibility in terms of their work. By allowing them to work remotely, you help them avoid the hassle of commuting. Instead, they can work in an environment where they are comfortable. Also, it is a good way to reduce the risk of negative office politics.
- As mentioned, happier employees will be more productive. Allowing them to work outside the confines of the office will give them an incentive to work harder. Sometimes, a change of scenery is all it takes for employees to perform optimally.
- You can reduce the cost you will otherwise incur on providing space and resources for your in-house staff. When working remotely, your team will not rely on you to provide them workstations and computers, etc. They will use their own resources.
- You can expand your team to beyond boundaries. Over the internet, you can find freelancers who specialize in certain tasks. You can delegate the tasks to them, even if they are located on a different continent. You no longer have to limit your talent pool to your city, or even your country.
- A number of studies have shown that a growing number of employees are happier when working from home as compared to getting a pay raise. Being allowed to work remotely is a major incentive as they only have to telecommute and can work at their own pace. The added benefit of greater leisure time offsets any inconvenience they face, and you get a more motivated team as a result.
- Team members who work from home will be able to enjoy a better work/life balance. This is one reason why employees consider being allowed to work remotely equivalent to receiving a pay raise. Your employees can actively pursue a healthier lifestyle and have to deal with less stress as compared to when they have to come to the office on a daily basis and go through the 9 to 5 grind (provided you don’t make them work long hours). Over time, this leads to greater job satisfaction and productivity, and reduced absenteeism.
So, by allowing your team to work remotely, you can enjoy all the benefits of having an in-house team without having to bear any of the hassles associated with it.