If you consider all the recent changes that have happened over the last few years, it is little wonder that the way we do our work and do our jobs has also been altered. The global pandemic caused us to redefine how we work and who we work with and it forced a large percentage of the working population to work remotely. For many people, remote working was an alien concept, but now, as some traditional office environments have given way to virtual working spaces, for many it is the preferred way of working either all of the time or at least some of the time.
One of the most obvious benefits of remote working is the regaining of a more healthy work - life balance that many can struggle with. The time spent rushing around getting ready then the often tedious commute to the workplace is now replaced with a more relaxed routine. This saves quite a considerable amount of time which can be positively directed towards family, leisure pursuits or the very important - self care regimes. Stress levels are also significantly reduced and of course, if your days starts well with minimum stress then it is far more likely to continue in a positive manner.
The personal cost of travelling to and from work also has to be taken into consideration. Fuel and public transport costs are eliminated, in addition to the many outfits for work, meals at lunch times and numerous refreshments throughout the day. Businesses can also save significant spending on the many overheads of a traditional workplace and can invest the savings wisely towards employee development and growth of the business.
Many people who work remotely, find that they are far more productive and produce a better quality of work than if they were in an office setting surrounded by the many distractions and interruptions caused by other colleagues and the busy and often noisy surroundings. Remote work allows a larger scope for employees to customise and tailor their work environment and schedule to suit them in order to become more productive.
Remote working has a positive impact on the environment for reasons such as reduced or zero travelling which leads to reduced emissions and office supplies which can often be wasteful in both resources and energy. By being mindful of the equipment we need and use, we can make our own contribution to a cleaner and greener environment.
Remote working has had a huge impact on allowing colleagues and clients from all over the world to interact with each other, regardless of geographical location and in turn this can be of benefit to everyone by encouraging a diverse and multi-skilled workforce with a global customer base.
Remote work is not for everyone but it is becoming increasingly popular with employees and employers alike with research showing that almost half of workers in the UK, work remotely for at least some of the time. Almost all report that their work is either of the same or a higher standard of productivity than before they worked remotely.