Giving employees the option of working remotely has a slew of benefits for your company. The idea of a flexible job has a bit of a negative connotation in certain realms of the business world. But as tides change, working remotely is becoming more and more common for companies of all industries and sizes.
When working from a familiar environment, employee productivity is boosted. Some employees, usually introverted individuals, may find it difficult to focus in an open office setting because they are constantly monitoring their surroundings for potential interactions. On a very primal level, we subconsciously scan those around us to check for danger to ensure they’re not a threat. This is usually amplified with an introverted personality, which makes it more difficult for them to focus completely on a task at hand. Working remotely eliminates these drawbacks and boosts efficiency and productivity because employees can become more engaged in their work and assignments.
Working remotely allows team members to manage themselves in a relaxed and intimate space with a limited number of interruptions. In an open office, interruptions occur on an average of every 11 minutes – from announcements to conversations to phone calls. When an employee is interrupted, it can take them up to an additional 25 minutes to completely refocus on their work. Working remotely slashes potential distractions, minimizes downtime, and boosts productivity.
Controlling Your Environment
As more and more millennials enter the workforce and into leadership positions, it’s important to stay attuned to this generation’s unique relationship with technology and their needs. Millennials have grown with the advancement of technology, as it has become integrated into almost every facet of our lives. Because of this, this age group often feels overstimulated and crave a quiet and calmer workspace to unplug to work more effectively and efficiently. Remote work allows your employees to create their ideal work environment, so they can increase the quantity and the quality of the work they are producing.
Remote work also reduces stress among employees, thereby minimizing the need for sick days and other medical costs for your company. By reducing commute time, even if it’s one day a week, working remotely can reduce stress caused by traffic and other environmental factors. Fewer people driving means that fewer resources are being used – so your carbon footprint is also shrinking!
Working remotely has plenty of benefits for your business, but it isn’t for everyone. Talk with your team and decide what approach will help them the most. When the people inside your company are thriving, your business will succeed with them. Reach out to Diverge IT to discuss the best plan of action to build a growing remote workforce with ease.