5 reasons why remote work is better than in-office

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Most of the businesses have made the switch to remote work from the regular office. And while it’s hard to create a home office environment for the whole company and make it work, it does come with many benefits. It seems like it’s going to stay that way for a while, as the pandemic is still at large.

There are some disadvantages such as social distancing, zoom fatigue, the struggle to adapt to the new circumstances and that it was all so urgent and quick. Remote work does come with many benefits, though. If you do it right, you can get great results, even better than regular office hours.

Here are the top benefits of working remotely

1. No wasting time and resources on commuting

Some employees have a long way to the office. Nothing gets you as angry as getting stuck in a jam while going to work or having some other commute-related issue. You have to get up earlier, then drive or ride, sometimes for as long as an hour and then you have to return. That’s two hours of your time gone just like that.

While with the home office, you don’t need to travel at all. Well, apart from the travel from your bed to your desk. That’s much more convenient and comfortable than day-to-day trips.

Another aspect of that is being more eco-friendly and green. You get to limit the commuting costs our environment has to bear. You can then build your brand or company identity upon that, as it shows that you’re more responsible and environmentally conscious.

2. Productivity goes up

It might seem counterintuitive, but home office workers are more productive than their regular office counterparts. And while it may take some time to adjust your workflow, you see an increase in productivity most of the time.

Workers are less stressed out, more focused (as far as they can manage to get a quiet space to work in their homes), and they have fewer distractions. People are generally happier working from home.

“I saw a significant increase in both the productivity and overall happiness of my team when we switched to remote work. It took some time for us to build an environment that’s capable of achieving good results, but it fit right in. With frequent meetings that are not very long, using Trello and Slack and going with an individual approach to each team member, we managed to create great conditions for remote work.” says one of the senior associates at energycasino.com.

3. Budget cuts

It’s much less expensive to manage a home office team. You don’t need to pay the office rent, commuting costs and most employees have equipment at their homes so that you can cut that too. You can use the money on investments in projects and people. In the long run, it gives you a bigger chance of being successful.

4. Larger talent pool

More people are more willing to work remotely than in-office. I feel like it’s a trend that’s going to stay for a long time. You get to look for employees in a tremendously larger field. You don’t have to limit yourself to your city and its neighborhood. You can even go as far as other countries, although be reasonable with it, so the time zones are more or less aligned. There are large amounts of talent out there, beyond your base. It’s much easier now to find the best for the job, as you just have more to pick from. 

5. Better preparation for disasters

If all or most of your employees can work from home, then you don’t have to worry about natural or other disasters. Your workers are protected from that, and they can just do their jobs. Well, unless they were directly affected by a disaster. But most of the time, it gives your company a sort of resistance to the effects of such things.

Conclusion

Remote work as it is now is probably here to stay for a long while. I think that the benefits highly outweigh the disadvantages of a home office. There’s a lot of potential in the tools that we get to work with to restore an environment that has a low amount of disadvantages. Businesses should be getting used to this situation and make the most out of it.

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