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Six advantages of having staff who work from home

COVID-19 has forced many employers to allow their staff to work from home. But what started as a necessity is now becoming a preferred model of working across Europe. Here are some of the reasons why remote working is becoming so popular.
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Higher quality and productivity

Remote working allows staff to spend more time with their family and loved ones and maintain a good work–life balance. Many studies say this is essential for being happier at work; and happy employees produce higher quality work. Additionally, working in open-plan offices can often be less productive due to distractions and a general lack of privacy.

 

More time for work

Many employees, especially those based in bigger cities, can spend hundreds of hours per year travelling to and from work. Not only is commuting mentally and physically stressful, but it also takes time – a valuable resource for people with big workloads. And this links to our point above about productivity.

 

More savings for everyone

Flexible workplace arrangements also have financial benefits for both employers and employees. With fewer people working at the office, companies can cut down on their utility expenses or lower their budget for office snacks and workplace activities. Meanwhile, employees can save a good amount on commuting expenses, work clothes purchases and lunch costs. Additionally, many businesses choose to locate their offices in big cities that have high living costs. Remote working allows employees to work from less expensive locations so they can afford a better quality of life.

 

More recruitment options

Companies that allow teleworking have more options when recruiting new staff. Employers are no longer limited to hiring people who live within commuting distance of the office or who are willing to move cities. Teleworking allows businesses to find the perfect candidate, regardless of their location, and save money on relocation packages.

 

Fewer sick days

Working with a cold or an upset stomach doesn’t sound as bad when you are working from home. Employees who are mildly sick can still get work done most of the time if it means not having to go to the office. This also prevents the spread of viruses at work.

 

We have the technology

COVID-19 has been the biggest driver of digital transformation, showing businesses around the world that their staff don’t need to be based in an office to get work done. And with so many online tools available, it only takes a good internet connection for employees to collaborate and communicate remotely, while employers track their progress and monitor their work.

 

You don’t need an office to collaborate with your colleagues and be productive at work. Check out our article Top 8 online collaboration tools for remote teams to learn how to be a team player even from home.

 

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22/09/2020

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