“So, where have you been working?”
This isn’t an uncommon greeting when you haven’t seen someone in a while. With COVID-19’s influence, many people would answer that they have been working from home, if possible. While business owners may be resistant to the idea of remote work, the potential benefits make it possible that remote work is the silver lining to the coronavirus cloud hanging over us.
The average business owner typically prefers to have their workforce located in their place of business, and are not afraid to spend a hefty sum to do so. Utility costs alone for a brick-and-mortar location can range in the thousands of dollars each month. However, with a staff that can work from home, the many of these costs can be reduced (or even removed). The costs of a business’ location will typically outpace even the cost of the computing infrastructure and software, as there are often discounts for these essential business needs and services.
In simple terms, remote working strategies can dramatically decrease your business’ upfront costs.
Furthermore, remote workers have been shown to be more productive and produce better quality work while at home. While different metrics come into play, the basic concept is that modern workers are more productive with more flexibility. While there are anecdotal exceptions, remote workers tend to accomplish their goals with better results and more satisfaction. After all, there’s no stressful commute to deal with.
Other critical benefits to consider include the improvements to employee morale, retention, and health quality that remote workers present. It’s a little obvious, when laid out. If an employee has the capability and privilege of working from home, their gratitude will lead to them acting responsibly and honestly, giving you a better end result.
Long before COVID-19 appeared, millions of contract employees were operating remotely, making up what is commonly referred to in the media as the “Gig economy.” About 15 percent of retail transactions are carried out online, and almost every service has some kind of online representation, so businesses started to hire remote workers to complete certain necessary tasks.
If budgetary restrictions are a concern, gig workers have provided the opportunity to stave off financial problems with affordable employees. Gig workers can be brought on to assist an in-house team in completing a project before deadline, or supply skills that your team may not have. If managed properly, these kinds of workers can offer considerable benefits to your organization.
Of course, in order for your remote workers to accomplish as much as possible, they need to have the right tools and resources:
With so many distractions out there to potentially draw your employees away from their work, allowing them to complete their work from home may be a truly unsettling consideration. However, once you consider how much remote work can benefit productivity, you may be ready to give it a try.
We’ve seen the benefits of remote work in our own operations, and that’s why we endorse it… along with many other IT solutions and tools that can make businesses better. We’re here to help you accomplish this goal, and we’re just a call to 734-927-6666 / 800-438-9337 away. Call today.