Close your eyes and imagine: the alarm is ringing, you open your eyes, get out of bed and instead of racing to the office, you go for a morning run. You come back, prepare yourself a nice coffee, sit snugly in your living room and open your laptop. This is the beginning of another working day! It sounds like the dream job, right? For many of us, that dream has become a reality as the perks of working remotely grow fast.
According to various surveys, remote working improves employees’ productivity.
CoSo Clouds‘ survey on remote employment shows that 23% of remote employees are willing to work longer hours to get more things done, 52% are less likely to take time off and 30% reported accomplishing more in less time. Overall, 77% confirmed improved productivity while working from home. Another study by FlexJobs reports that 66% of professionals agree that their productivity improves when they are not in the office and 76% think that there are fewer distractions outside of the working environment.
Remote working also impacts businesses’ performance. Not having someone to watch over your shoulder allows employees to execute without excessive pressure which leads most of the times to positive results. A research conducted by Stanford Business School closely monitored the performance of remote employees on a trial basis and here are the results:
Call centre employees were offered the option to work from home. That resulted in a 13% improvement in the performance. 9% of that was achieved by working for longer periods while 4% resulted from more calls at the same time. Work satisfaction and turnover improved as well as productivity. When the company offered work from home option on a permanent basis. The results were even better and the performance improved by 22%. Another study sponsored by Cisco for the University of Melbourne and the NZ Work Research Institute asked 100 managers from 50 businesses about their experience with remote employees. Most of these managers reported improved productivity and less absent time.
The most tricky part at working remotely is that most of the times, we’re talking about self-employment and freelancing. And this, by nature, means more income instability and poor access to affordable health care. Both have a strong link to physical and mental health. There’s also evidence that some freelancers overwork and find it difficult to disconnect and relax, which negatively affects their mental health. But this consequence also strongly varies from person to person. Based on the research and facts, it seems like a mix of both work environments might be optimal. A few days in the office each week to collaborate and mingle with co-workers, and the rest at home to grind through work tasks while fitting in time for exercise and healthier meals.
At Online Growth Team we think that remote teams can produce much better results and save you thousands in cost. If you are running a business or thinking of starting one, we strongly advise you to consider building a remote team because it is the future of work.