When COVID-19 made it mandatory for businesses all around the world to send their employees home to work online, remote work became a significant deal.
Yes, many firms were caught off guard by the rush to provide employees with all of the tools they’d need to work from home. However, once everyone had settled in, many office-based teams rapidly realised that employees could be just as productive and focused when they weren’t in the office—in many cases, even more so. Employers all over the world came to realise that remote work is a viable option.
Benefits of Working from home for employees:
1. Flexibility is paramount
Flexibility is expected to be the guiding light for employee benefits post-pandemic. Employers and employees sometimes have quite different ideas about what “work” involves, and the pandemic has forced a rethinking of what that may involve in the future. Employers made flexible and work-at-home options accessible where they could due to office closures, social distancing limits, and children virtually learning at home. At its peak, up to 70% of the workforce worked from home. Employers who allow employees to work how, when, and where they choose are more likely to be liked by current and potential employees.
2. Better Work-Life Balance
Many remote jobs also come with flexible hours, allowing employees to start and stop their days whenever they like, as long as their work is completed and produces positive results. When it comes to adhering to the needs of your personal life, having control over your work schedule can be really beneficial.
Companies can embrace diversity and inclusion by hiring people from a variety of socioeconomic, regional, and cultural backgrounds and perspectives, which can be difficult to do when recruiting is limited to a single location that not everyone wants to live near or can afford.
Working from home has been demonstrated to reduce stress, allow more time for hobbies and interests, and improve personal relationships, among other things, making remote, flexible workers happier and more loyal employees. Coworker and manager interactions can be more beneficial without the distractions and politics that come with an in-office employment, in addition to personal health and well-being. According to a survey, 72 percent of businesses believe that remote work has a significant impact on employee retention—in other words, when employees have remote work options, they are more likely to stay with their current employer.
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