As technology continues to grow, businesses around the world are expanding. This expansion is leading to an increase of remote workers. So, what are the benefits of a remote workforce? According to a recent Gallup survey, 43% of Americans did some or all of their work from home in 2016, compared to just 39% of Americans in 2012. And the percentage of people who have fully adopted the remote worker title (meaning they do all of their work remotely) increased from 15% in 2012 to 20% in 2016.
Here are some of the benefits of a remote workforce:
- Sharing files and data in the cloud
Working remotely and adopting cloud computing can eliminate the process of emailing intercompany documents and files. You can also say goodbye to the anxiety of saving important files to a solitary computer. If the computer you’re working from crashes, you can jump on any other device with internet and continue working, as can your fellow employees or colleagues. Sharing files in the cloud also allows team members in different time zones to collaborate on projects in real time.
- Strengthening company diversity
Since one of the perks of working remotely is working in real-time with team members in other time zones, broadening company horizons becomes more attainable. Working remotely gives you the freedom to conveniently diversify your workforce. Hiring remotely can expand your candidate options and your company’s brand.
- Increased Productivity
From all indications, remote workers believe that they are more productive when working remotely. It appears that frequent noise or distractions, general dislike for office environments, and lack of freedom can all stifle in-office productivity. The same report indicates that 41% of remote workers say their top reason for working remotely is the freedom to choose when and where to work. Employees feel more empowered and creative when they can choose work locations that inspire them or help them focus. You can read the full report here.
- Becoming more independent.
When working remotely, you’re not surrounded by a diverse set of colleagues who have different areas of expertise such as IT or Math. This forces you to figure things out on your own, rather than asking someone else for the quick fix. Over time, you will begin developing new skills that you may not have had to acquire in an office setting.
- Having flexibility.
Working remotely allows you to disregard the traditional office hours. You can work late without having to be bothered by the sounds of the cleaning crew vacuuming or dumping trash. Cloud computing grants the opportunity to work on the go so you can take a phone meeting or update notes while you’re sitting in the waiting room at the dentist. This flexibility promotes productivity as well. Employees feel more driven and creative when they decide when and where to work.
Numbers don’t lie:
- 30% of remote workers report increased productivity
- 2 out of 3 employees would rather work at home
- 68% of millennials said working remotely would increase their interest in a job offering
- Employee loss of interest and motivation reduced by 50%
There are many more personal and professional benefits of working remotely.
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