Why are we here today?
We live in a tech world which allows us to do almost anything from almost anywhere. So why don’t people work remotely? It’s obvious that there are benefits to allowing the
Remote Work Benefits
- People are happier
- Stats about remote work show that 82 percent of telecommuters reported lower stress levels, according to one study, and that’s a good thing not only for remote workers but for the companies that employ them. The study by PGI, a leading provider of software services, found that 80 percent of workers reported higher morale when working from home, while 69 percent reported lower absenteeism.
- People are more productive
- According to an infographic based on data from SurePayroll, a web-based payroll provider for small businesses. Eighty-six percent of those surveyed said they preferred to work alone to “hit maximum productivity.” What’s more, two-thirds of managers say employees who work remotely increase their overall productivity.
- Reduces Employee Turnover
- Offering remote work options reduced employee turnover, and “job attrition rates fell by over 50 percent,” according to a study published by Stanford University.
- Reduces cost to businesses
- Companies of all sizes report significant decreases in operating costs, remote work stats show. Two examples from big companies, according to a Forbes magazine report: Aetna (where some 14,500 of 35,000 employees don’t have an “in-office” desk) shed 2.7 million square feet of office space, saving $78 million. American Express reported annual savings of $10 million to $15 million thanks to its remote work options.
- Meets demands of younger workers
- A robust 68 percent of job seekers who are millennials said an option to work remotely would greatly increase their interest in specific employers, according to a survey by AfterCollege, a career network for college students and recent grads.
- It’s the future of work
- telecommuting has risen 79 percent between 2005 and 2012
How to make remote work, work
- Establish a routine/hours (Shaun)
Make sure you have connections to normal working hours
- Limit distractions (Kolby)
Don’t be babysitting
- Communicate well and often (Shaun)
- Find ways to get face to face interactions (Shaun)
- Be proactive and deliberate – manager and team player (Kolby)
- Get personal (Shaun)
- Deliver results (Kolby)