Benefits of Home Working / Remote Working
Here are some of the major benefits of having a remote workforce specially within the tech sector where the talent pool is restricted within the UK.
- Increased Productivity
Despite employers have reservations about the potential lack of productivity in work-at-home environments, many actually find the opposite to be true. Workers can create a place at home where they are comfortable and able to focus without distractions thus making it a far more productive environment than the average office.
The tech industry requires employees to work in ‘blocks’; they may need to focus for many hours at a time whereby working from home in such an environment will facilitate better focus and help keep projects to agreed timelines.
- Talent pool
Hiring remotely allows employers to choose ‘the best of the best’, where some businesses are able to hire people from anywhere in the world and others prefer someone to be in a particular location or time zone.
By advertising a role as remote work means a greater talent pool and allows an employer to be more selective during the hiring process – as you they will have greater choice open to them from the outset.
As you will be less likely to have to sacrifice on the location of the person, you’ll be able to focus on people who already have training for the required position.
- Less commuting time resulting in less absenteeism
Absenteeism in the workplace is a massive problem for employers and employees alike. By hiring a remote team, the time lost due to commuting is most definitely a bonus to employers and employees. By not having to literally fight your way through traffic or wait for delayed public transport will render a far less stressed employee.
Employers might find that remote workers are more inclined to even start their day early due to lack of commuting – and as they won’t be rushing to make a train at the end of the day, they may well be happy to stay an extra five minutes to finish off any tasks.
- Employee retention
There are some great advantages for hiring remote workers when it comes to the employee retention rate. This is due to a few reasons:
- You won’t lose employees if they move.
- Employees are more likely to carry on working during pregnancy and early motherhood (even if they reduce their hours).
- Those hired will have more flexibility, which is a big requirement for millennials in particular.
These factors will help you keep trained staff in the job for longer.
- Better mental health for employees
Around 82% of telecommuters have lower stress levels than in-house workers. Stress is a big contributor to mental health problems like anxiety and depression; so cutting this is obviously crucial to a productive workforce.
Stress in the workplace is clearly negative for both workplace productivity and office communications and helps people on an individual and community level. So anything that curbs workplace stress is useful for offices.
- Less office space
One of the more obvious benefits of remote working for employers is that they will have to spend less – or nothing – on office space. It can be expensive to rent or buy office space, but that’s not the only expense when it comes to having an in-house office.
Electricity and water bills must be taken into account, as well as the costs of Wi-Fi. The cost savings from remote working will result in an increase to a business’ profits!
By Musa Ayoob (CEO – NQB Recruitment Solutions)