The COVID-19 outbreak is changing our lives, and some of those changes will be around for a long time. Many people have shifted to working from home remotely, and that is bound to have long term consequences for the office lifestyle. Matt Burr, CEO of Nomadic Learning, claims that “the age of the office as we know it is over, and the bell can’t be unrung.”
What would it mean for your business if you shifted away from a traditional office set up? It might not be as dire as you think. Here are a few benefits you could see by switching to a remote work set up for your company.
- More productive employees: Research shows that remote employees work 1.4 more days a month than their office-based counterparts. This extra work adds up to three additional weeks of work a year. These employees benefit from no commute time, independent scheduling and the ability to set a better work/life balance.
- Remote work saves businesses money. If your employees work remotely, you can save money on office space, furniture, equipment and other storefront costs.
- Independently motivated employees. Work/life balance is becoming more important to employees. Flexible working arrangements allow employees to arrange their childcare, vacation time and personal interests better so that when they are working, they are more motivated to do a good job. Nine out of ten employees who currently work remotely plan to do so for the rest of their careers, according to Inc. These employees find that the benefits of remote work let them live the lifestyle they want if they are willing to work hard.
The office set up may not die off right away, but it is undoubtedly going to change in the next few years. The current outbreak can almost be looked at as a test run for many businesses for how remote work could benefit their setup. If your company is having trouble adjusting, get in touch with us. Our engagement and communication tools can help your business succeed remotely for the time being or the long haul.