7 Ways Remote Working Can Help Your Business
Remote working is a great way to ensure your business will survive the pandemic and much more. In fact, it can be an excellent idea to allow working from home, even outside of lockdown regulations. We’ve listed the top benefits of remote work and how it can keep your business and your employees safe.
Reduce Rental Costs
For most businesses the largest expense is rent. Depending on the scale of your operations and location, you can be charged an extortionate amount. Let’s not forget the utility bills. There will be no need to cover the council tax, phones, internet and health & safety bills in order to keep the office up to standard.
By cutting these office expenses short, the business money could be invested elsewhere.
Allowing your employees to work from home can help exponentially cut down on the amount of office space you need.
Where needed, you can just downsize the office space. Probably in case some employees do not have the resources to work from home. This way, the employees in need can still commute to the workplace and their performance will not be affected.
In case your company rents multiple office premises, remote working will open an opportunity to close some of those locations altogether. Keeping the most valuable premises for in-person meetings (when necessary) will preserve the company base and good presentation.
By promoting a ‘work from home’ ethic, the company removes commuting for many employees. Work out how many employees actually do commute to their workplace and for how much time and money it takes them. Often, the number can be surprisingly high. Cutting the commuting gives the employees more control over their day. It will increase their productivity and decreased stress levels.
Many employees may still not be able to work effectively in the morning without the aid of several coffees. But that will no longer by your problem, right? They can nicely prepare it at home. Allocating more preparation time for work, employees may find themselves feeling more energised and comfortable for their workday.
Furthermore, no commuting ensures employees are able to start and finish their day at the set times. Rather than having their day altered by unreliable traffic and public transport, all of which can disturb other workers who arrived on time.
Of course, every company must put in place the right guidelines for employees that ensures that everyone is ready and on time for work.
A Healthier Workforce
It is crucial for every business to keep their employees healthy and safe. As per government guidelines it is required to minimise interactions between co-workers. No employer wants to expose their employees to danger of infection.
Working from home means many employees will successfully avoid commuting, which successfully reduces the number of people the employees come into contact with on public transport. This has the added benefit of limiting their exposure to any other illnesses, which are well known for spreading in offices too easily.
Many remote workers claim that they have far fewer distractions to deal with when they’re working from home. There are no colleagues conversation, laugh, phones ringing, people traffic or any other noise pollution that might disturb them. Everyone can focus and concentration to their task and goals.
Since employee homes now become their new offices, employees are also more likely to work for longer hours to ensure a piece of work gets done, rather than simply ‘clocking out’ at the end of their workday.
Remote working essentially removes the majority of distracting noise, and increases the amount of time they’re working.
Limited Technological Risk
In a scenario of a sudden power cut in the office premises, you can predict that everything important will stop working. No internet, no phones coming in, no computer work, no security is working. Basically, everyone’s work has been interrupted.
If however, all the staff is working remotely, then any technological issues would only affect a limited number of people (assuming they all live in the same area).
Since the workforce is spread out all over the country, there is much greater technical security and very little risk that the work will not be completed on time.
At the bottom line, if one person from the team is unable to work, others can step in easily and easily spread the workflow between them in a safe manner. Business as usual.
Entice More Applicants
If your workforce is a remote one, you are able to hire anyone from anywhere in the world. You will find it beneficial once your business is open to UK-wide talent. By cutting on so many other costs, you might be able to invest and find high quality team members you didn’t even dream about.
Being able to hire people from across the UK is also an excellent way to help grow your business. Business collect new contacts and possibly finds new business opportunities. People from different areas can bring new ideas for innovation and automation.
An additional benefit that many employers do not recognise is that remote working opens the position to disabled people. Whereas physical limitations may impose difficulties on an office-based work life, remote working allows those limitations to be bypassed.
Improved Employee Morale
The fact that an employee only needs an internet connection and a laptop to work effectively, can lead to a dramatic increase in morale. Employees who aren’t tied to one specific area are free to travel, as long as the work gets done. This can lead to them caring about their job more, and putting in more effort, in order to retain their free lifestyle.
When given freedom, often employees choose to work in other areas where they are able to afford more for their money. Not only this improves their quality of life, but also their dedication to their job. A worker with location flexibility is able to provide more for their family. And would be more intent on keeping their newfound quality of life.
Of course, not everyone has the discipline for remote work or management skills to keep their employees in track. Some employees may need to work on-site rather than at home. Open this discussion and make the best decision for your business. Managing remote employees can be challenging. Once you’ve got the right team in place, it can only be beneficial.