In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote working was essential for many businesses to continue their operations in spite of harsh lock-down measures. Today, very few businesses realise just how much remote working could continue to benefit them – not just their employees.
If you’re on the fence but you are curious to learn more about how remote working could benefit your business, read on and we will tell you everything you need to know.
You can shift your measure of success away from ‘hours worked’
The general perception of employee success in business is based on how many hours they’ve spent sitting at their desks. This is in fact a dangerous misconception that enables certain employees to slack off (so long as they turn up), as opposed to being able to independently manage their time for greater productivity in exchange for more freedom.
By shifting away from ‘hours worked’ you can focus more on ‘results achieved’.
It might not work for everyone, but Yancey Spruill, CEO at DigitalOcean (and many other organisations) swear that this approach has worked wonders for their overall productivity.
A lot of time is wasted in a typical office environment
Why do now what you can save until later? If you’re going to be stuck in the office all day anyway there’s no point in rushing, right? This is the attitude that many employees adopt. However, imagine what their attitudes might look like if you encouraged time off and approved remote work as long as your employees were able to accomplish their goals in fewer hours? They would get alot more done.
Foster trust and nurture your best talent
Employees aren’t only interested in an attractive salary with competitive benefits. They also want to be valued. They want to be treated like adults and trusted to carry out their duties properly without having their managers breathing down their necks.
By introducing a remote work / flexible hours’ model, in time, you can realise an increase in productivity of up to 30% or more. And how do you measure that? With goals actualised as opposed to hours clocked.
Lower employee attrition rates
Many businesses are still suffering the ‘Great Resignation’, while companies that are actively embracing remote work culture are seeing their employee attrition rates lower significantly. Want to hold onto the best talent? Give them the freedom to integrate their professional and personal lives accordingly.
Cloud computing is constantly breaking down barriers
We understand that one of the biggest concerns that many employers have is that their employees might not be able to properly connect virtually in the same way as those interacting in person. Rest assured that with the rise of cloud services Australia—and the constant innovation taking place—these concerns are fast becoming a thing of the past.
The Metaverse, digital working spaces, video conferencing software, instant document sharing, and so much more are all contributing to making collaboration between remote workers and their colleagues seamless.
You don’t have to throw yourself headfirst into a remote work model. You could start by offering a four-day work week instead and see how it impacts your employee’s productivity. Whatever the case, it is seriously worth considering offering your employees greater flexibility with how and where they choose to work. It might just be the best business boost decision you ever make.