As we remain in the midst of a global pandemic, with social distancing rules still firmly in place, many UK businesses have found ways to enable their workforce to work from home, safely and productively. In this context, it’s meant the difference between businesses continuing to operate or not, but could working from home in the future be the preferred way of doing things? Will working from home become normal?
Some believe so. Many of us have begun to realise the benefits that come with this new way of working, and some experts have predicted that working from home could be the future.
With more of us than ever before getting to grips with remote working and virtual communication, businesses are weighing up whether home working could be a sustainable model in the long term. After all, not having to worry about rent, bills and other associated overheads has already done wonders for cash flow in some industries. How will businesses adapt to working from home?
Here are some of the other benefits of working from home for businesses and individuals.
One of the main benefits of working from home is improved flexibility. This is particularly advantageous to employees with families as they can adjust to a better work life balance, especially if their job allows them to pick and choose their hours.
Although it might not seem like it at the moment, research has proven that employees who work from home are more productive than those working within an office environment. In fact, two separate studies have revealed that two thirds of employees stated they are more productive when working from home than they are in the office.
Technology is on your side
Thanks to significant advances in technology, it is now easier than ever before to work from home. Cloud-based software and storage, connected devices and computer systems are widely available to help employees work remotely, while maintaining a high standards of efficiency and security.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more businesses are equipping themselves with the tools, skills and knowledge employees need to work remotely.
Improved retention rates
Research has also indicated that those working from home are actually happier and, therefore, are more likely to remain loyal to the company they work for. Statistics suggest that companies allowing remote work have 25% lower employee turnover rates than those who don’t. From not having to face a busy, stressful commute in the morning through to being able to have more free time to spend with loved ones, there’s a lot for work at home employees to be happy about.
As employees working from home often feel they have a better work-life balance, there is also evidence to suggest that they are happier and more motivated. What’s more, their health and wellbeing is also better, as they feel they have more time to focus on other areas of their lives, while avoiding the stress of the commute.
Access to a wider pool of talent
Another advantage of a work from home set up is that, when it comes to recruiting new talent, your business has access to a wider pool of applicants. In fact, you could reach out to potential employees in all areas of the UK and beyond. Removing the restraints of geography means you can call upon a much broader talent pool, to find employees with the skills and experience you need.
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