Long days spent in the office are history now. Remote working will be in our lives in 2022 and beyond. Knowing the positives and negatives of remote working is an important aspect for both employers and employees to better prepare for the future.
Working remotely is the future. We examined the advantages and disadvantages of remote working to let you determine if this working style suits you or not.
Remote Working Advantages
Z generation is entering the business world. For young employees, 9-5 working style is outdated. Inflexibility of working from the office prevents them from liking it. They saw the effectiveness of work from anywhere at their young age, and they do not want to return to the office.
Remote working is increasing productivity by offering flexible working hours. Not every human being is the same. Some may be more productive at the early hours of the day, some are night owls.
One of the benefits of remote working is, you no longer have to work 9-5. If you think you are more productive at night, you can complete your tasks at night.
If you can follow the deadlines, and add value to the company that you are working for, it is no problem ‘time’ that you handle your tasks. Important point is agreeing with your boss to the flexible working arrangement. If your boss trusts you and gives you flexibility, you can increase your productivity when working from home. If you can handle your tasks, a smart leader will let you work whenever you want.
If you are a boss, or a supervisor, don’t forget to trust your employees and grant them flexibility that they want.
Advantages that we will mention later in this article are also indirectly increasing productivity.
Avoiding Long Commutes
One of the worst aspects of working from a certain workplace is long commute times. Commute time can be as long as 5 hours in metropolitan areas.Remote working is saving people from this time waste. There is no longer waking up at 5a.m. to go to the office at 9.
Long commute times are also draining energy other than wasting your time. With avoiding commuting, remote employees can both save their time and energy.
Remote working is not only saving time, but also saving money.
Long commute times were also creating expenses, other than wasting your time. If you are going to work with your car, it means oil costs. If you are going to work with public transport, it means ticket costs.
Dining was also a cost for office workers. Remote workers do not have such expenses.
Remote working not only helps employees with reducing costs, it also helps companies to reduce. Maintenance costs of big offices, utility prices, travel costs if providing commute, was a big expense.
With remote working, companies can cut down a lot of big expenses. Money that is saved can be used in many different ways. Increasing marketing budget, research budget, or using higher wages for employee retention can be the way. With this working model, companies can grow by saving time and money.
Less Pressure on Employees
Everybody that has worked in the office even once knows that supervisors watching you can put a lot of pressure on us. That pressure on employees can result in a lower performance.
In remote working, all that matters is what you do. You are not in the same office space with a pressuring supervisor. In that way, stress on workers will decrease, and productivity will increase. Employees can only focus on their duty, rather than thinking about what their supervisor expects them to do.
Because an employee has to commute, the employee that has to go to the office will look for excuses when he wakes up at 8.45. But a remote employee will know that he has a lot of time to prepare for working.
Employees that are not under supervision strictly commit more to the company, that will lead to a increased productivity.
All you need as an item while remote working is a computer and an internet connection. More devices could be used to increase productivity, but these are the minimum.
Needing a few things makes this working model environmentally healthy.
Fossil fuels used in commuting harms the atmosphere. Energy that is used to keep office alive is also non-recyclable.
Trees are cut the provide paper, and paper-related stuff to the offices. Wasted papers are well-known phenomena in offices.
With remote working, you can save the world by reducing the use of all the environmental harmful stuff. Remote working is an ecological and sustainable alternative working model.
Speeds Up Digital Transformation
Today, pencil and paper are used in the working world just for personal productivity. Keeping the important files for the company is done by softwares like Word, and Excel.
All the computation, administration, application, reporting jobs to keeping business alive are done in digital. It is called digital transformation.
Companies need digital transformation to handle remote working. Calendar applications, project management applications, video conferencing applications are used to increase productivity of the remote employees.
Remote working is forcing companies to digital transformation. And believe me, it is good for your business.
If you are working in a sales company, OctaSales can help in your digital transformation journey. With OctaSales, planning, application, and reporting part of remote customer visits can be done with no problem.