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Top 5 Benefits of working remotely
Prior to the pandemic, working from home was often viewed as a privilege. Then as the pandemic loomed on, working from home quickly became a necessity. Businesses had to figure out how to adapt and evolve their practices so that workers could continue operating as usual, safely from home. Now as the year has passed, many companies have canceled their office lease and decided to go fully remote, indefinitely. In this article, we will share with you the main benefits of working remotely.
New business norms have been adopted even by non-tech-savvy colleagues. Everyone in business is now okay with using webcams, cloud-based tools, and productivity apps. Slack is no longer just a tool for techies, it is now being utilized for business departments in every industry.
Main benefits of remote work
Currently, that 42% of the American workforce is remote, versus only 26% are working in-person. The move towards working remotely is here to stay, and there have been a lot of reported benefits of the remote workforce.
Here are some of the benefits of working remotely…
Working from home is better for the environment
3.9 employees working from home are said to take 600,000 cars off the road per year. By 2021, it is predicted that 39 million Americans will work from home 2021, which would mean over 6 million cars would be off the road, which would drastically reduce emissions and help our planet. Less gas would be needed, and ultimately less pollution. This will indirectly help companies seeking an improvement in their sustainability policies.
Working from home has proven more productivity
We have all had that one coworker who spends most of the day chatting and gossiping and very little time actually executing work-related tasks. Maybe we even used to be that person, looking for whatever distraction could make 5 o’clock come faster. Gone are the days of office politics and hello to the days of people being heels accountable. Working has actually increased productivity because when people sit down to focus and work, they are in the zone and not being pulled into a last-minute meeting or chatting with a colleague.
According to Flexjobs, 51% of people feel more productive working from home. Instead, businesses are using productivity apps that organize and track projects, and for once, the whole company is on board. Tools like Asana and Basecamp have become the norm and employees have finally embraced it and figured out how to use them to their advantage. Now you can stay organized, focused, and even track your time to see how long things take you.
People have the freedom to live wherever they want
Removing ‘commute to work’ as a factor drastically changes where people choose to live. In 2020, major cities like LA, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco saw more people leaving than ever before. Pew Research reports that people moved for reasons like safety during the pandemic and to be closer to family. Downtown areas are looking like ghost towns, as people have packed up and left for more affordable housing and larger homes for less money. If you always dreamed of living on a quiet beach, now you can make those dreams come true and still go to work (virtually) every day.
Remote work has set a precedence for better work-life balance
As society was forced to slow down in 2020, people took a step back from the daily grind to appreciate the small things at home. Now that more than half the workforce is working from home, and this work-life balance trend is here to stay. It is now normal to take a break to walk your dog or make a healthy snack. We can embrace these balanced moments and overall feel more rejuvenated and focused. The workday is no longer staring at the clock waiting to go home or a dreadful rush hour commute. This is, definitely, the biggest advantage of working from home.
Remote workers are happier – and like their jobs more
People who work remotely are 24% more likely to be happy and productive. 40% of workers said flexibility is the greatest benefit of working from home and we are seeing people willing to give up other benefits in exchange for a flexible remote work schedule. Companies with remote work experience have a 25% less turnover rate. Overall, it is proving to be better for mental health and overall well-being.
Remote work is here to stay. Join the remote workforce today and enjoy virtual meetings in your sweat pants, or answering emails by the pool in a place you have never been before.
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