Once again, a large proportion of the UK workforce has been asked to work from home if they can to help control the spread of COVID-19. Businesses have had to come up with contingency plans in the wake of a pandemic, and many had never considered remote working until now. And yet, businesses and employees have managed this move to more flexible working because there was no other choice.
Employee retention is a tricky topic. There are some managers who prefer to watch over employees, so they have refused requests for remote working in favour of keeping people in the office. Others have prevented employees from working from home because they mistakenly believe that if they cannot see their staff working, they must not be working or have the attitude that "if I have to be here, you have to be here".
Those who have asked and were refused the option of flexible working in the past are now able to demonstrate that working remotely is a GOOD thing for both them and their business. For one thing, the amount of money that can be saved by giving up the office, working remotely and using a virtual business address with a service such as physicaladdress is considerable!
With many areas of the UK already in a second lockdown situation, businesses and employees can see a strong argument for remotely working beyond the current COVID crisis. So, if you're still on the fence about working from home after COVID, or you're nervous about asking your staff to do it, then here are six fantastic reasons to go for it.
Remote workers are more productive
Avoiding the daily two-hour commute and working comfortably from home will inevitably be more relaxing than trekking into the office every day. It's a no-brainer that you work better when you're relaxed. This is one of the main reasons working remotely is more productive. Many managers report the employees work faster at home. The incentive of being able to finish work, spend time with the kids or get back to a hobby or the latest, must-watch TV show is a powerful motivator. Faster meaning staff get their tasks done in a shorter amount of time.
Avoid missing out on talent
When offering a remote working position, employers are able to cast a much wider net for hiring staff. Instead of just looking in your local area, you can look globally for your employees, instead.
Easier to retain employees
Are there employees out there who would leave an employer that allows them the choice of home working or office working? Nope! Retention is far easier when you give staff the option. Employees appreciate a management team that can see the value of giving them the choice of where they work.
Bigger, more diverse teams
When you enable your staff to work remotely, you are not bound by borders or ability. Those who are unable to leave the house but are able to work, are given opportunities to work in a role that values their skills and abilities. Adding more diversity to your team allows you to work with a wider range of people with different skills, knowledge experience, ideas, abilities and backgrounds - adding a greater richness to your workforce. And that can bring benefits to the whole company and team.
In many cases, employees feel that they are more productive out of the office. There are no chatty co-workers, office germs or random meetings interrupting their day! Open offices are lovely, but they do invite more distractions than a closed cubicle or a quiet home office!
Not only will you make more money due to higher productivity when you have people working from home, you'll save it too. You can cut the costs of running an office. You can save money on all kinds of overheads from rent and business rates to electricity, parking fees office fixtures and fittings when you have people working from home.
It will be more important than ever to ensure you look after your staff in the post-COVID world. Give your staff the choice of where they work. If several people take up the option and you see the benefits, it could be the catalyst for everyone to continue working remotely! Of course, there will always be roles that require people 'on the shop floor', but that doesn't mean you can't have the majority of your workforce working from home some or all of the time. Companies need to embrace remote working if they want to keep up with the future of the office worker!
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