Young professionals these days consider remote working as the best solution to a fulfilling career. The work from home trend is now dominating the modern workplaces. Reports reveal that almost 4 million people in the United States prefer to work from home. Surprisingly, this trend has increased by 40% in the last five years.
According to a survey carried by LinkedIn professionals, almost 82% of working professionals like working remotely at least once a week. However, 57% prefer three or more days to work from home. They feel that this flexibility to work remotely helps them to improve their work-life balance. And the great news is that it offers substantial benefits to the employers as well.
As most businesses are shifting to remote work for the coming few weeks, you might be eager to know how it can affect your productivity.
Can Employees Ensure Higher Productivity Through Remote Working?
When employees choose to work remotely, most of the employers feel that they will work less. But this is not always true. In fact, studies reveal that employees become more productive when they get to work from home.
According to a survey conducted in 2017 on a Chinese call center, where employees were given the opportunity to work remotely, the overall performance increased by 13%. Around 9% of the workers took extra minutes during their shifts, and another 4% even handled more calls as compared to their routine. The biggest reasons for employees becoming more productive when they work from home are:
- They have few distractions.
- They don’t get interrupted as much by colleagues.
- The reduced stress by not having to commute to work helps employees to naturally work with a positive mindset.
- There are less expectations for interactions at the office.
- There are less surrounding noises which adds more focus to the task.
Needless to say, in order to achieve higher productivity while working remotely, it is important to follow a discipline. Generally, the most successful and productive remote employees are those who use adequate organizational tools to manage their day. Creating a proper to-do list and sticking to it is important.
How Can Work From Home Help Companies to Save More Money?
First of all, employees who work remotely spend less money on transportation, office coffee breaks, and snacks. At the same time, offices can save on electricity, resources, and workspace management as well. So when you have more remote working employees, it is possible to downsize the office. A study reveals that a company saved almost $2000 per employee in 2015 by allowing them to work from home. Another obvious benefit is that employees don’t need to come to the office when they are sick during winter season. They will spread less germs and the rest of the staff at the office can also stay healthy.