As a manager, how do you feel about remote working?
Do you think it’s something which can be beneficial for a business and an employee, or do you think it’s packed with too many problems?
The truth is that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced more people to work from home than ever before. Many of those people would never have considered working from home before this huge worldwide event, but quite a few have actually realised that they like working from a home office.
You can take that a step further and learn about remote working and how that means employees can work from anywhere in the world, as long as they have a stable internet connection.
If you’re not sure where you stand on the subject, check out this infographic which talks about the very surprising benefits and huge rise in the number of people choosing to work remotely.
Source - http://anthillonline.com/heres-remote-working-phenomenon-rise-world-infographic/
You might think that not having your employees in the office, or even in the same time zone could be too problematic to work. It’s true that remote work does have its challenges but they’re completely surmountable when enough focus is placed up on making it work. By agreeing to remote work for those who want to do so, you’re allowing them to continue working with you, therefore benefitting from their skills and experience, whilst they have a better home and work-life balance, and therefore greater job satisfaction.
There is also the issue of money saved. When an employee isn’t in the office, you don’t need office furniture for them, you don’t have the same number of overheads, and there is more space!
As long as everyone involved is committed to making the arrangement work, there is no reason why remote working can’t be a success. It isn’t the best option for everyone, but for those who want to try it out, it’s far better to be open-minded and at least allow a trial period, than simply saying “no, this won’t work for us”.
Investing in your employees means trusting them to make decisions that work for them and the business too. Flexible working is something which is certainly here to stay and whether that means working from home, working from the far-flung corners of the world, or simply going into the office a few days a week, it’s important to be open-minded before turning the request down flat.