When lockdown first started social media feeds were filled with people offering hints and tips on how to work from home effectively because suddenly everyone was doing it but for those of us who already work virtually life carried on exactly as it always has!
All my friends were being furloughed and complaining in our group chats about being bored whilst I continued to work from my home office albeit with a new tea making assistant who had also been furloughed from his job
What’s really interesting about this weird situation we all find ourselves in is that for so long so many organisations have resisted the working from home option for their employees on the grounds that……… “it doesn’t work” which is a convincing argument right??
It remains to be seen how many of those companies will now be open to continue allowing more employees to work from home but some big organisations like Microsoft, Amazon and Twitter have said now that they will allow all employees who can work from home to do so permanently. They believe that many people have thrived from working from home and that managers have realised that they can effectively manage their teams remotely
In an age where we have so many tech solutions for communicating and working together remotely it seems like a bit of no brainer that we haven’t reached this point sooner because they are some clear benefits:
Having a physical office space costs a lot of money in overheads – rent, insurances, heating, lighting, tea and coffee and handing over cash for collections and cakes every week because it’s Sandra from Accounts birthday or Ray from Facilities is retiring. All that is money that could be better invested in growing your business! Tools like Trello, Asana and Dubsado make managing your remote team extremely easy. You’ll be just as up-to-date on your employees’ activities as you would be if they were in an office
Reduce stress and sickness levels
Working from home tends to reduce sickness as people are less likely to come into contact with other people’s germs and also because you reduce stress levels when people don’t have long commutes into work creating a better work/life balance. Who wouldn’t enjoy having a 2 minute walk to your home office rather than having your face stuffed onto someone’s sweaty armpit on the train and forking out thousands on a season ticket.
A Stanford University study found that employees who work from home are 13% more productive compared with their in-office counterparts.
It is so much easier to focus on your work and get things done when there are less interruptions allowing people to focus more effectively on tasks. No-more chatting at the photocopier or the kettle and for many people the constant buzz and noise of an office environment can be extremely distracting and even stressful. People working from home also have the option to work in a way that benefits them the most – be it physical factors like where their desk or adjusting their working hours to suit their natural rhythm.
Source the best talent
Working remotely means that you have the option to work with the best qualified person and not just the person who lives nearest! This widens the pool of talent you can work with an even the interview can be carried out over a video call
Working virtually is the new going to work!