The COVID-19 pandemic proved that remote working wasn't only possible, but necessary. As people were locked in their homes, many businesses all around the world had to re-learn how to run teams with a workforce that wasn't in the office.
The world has since re-opened. But the benefits of remote working for employers and employees are here to stay. Many Australian businesses have embraced remote working. The new normal for many is one where part of the team works from the office some days of the week, and remotely from home others. We've spoken with businesses across Australian and they've told us of the benefits to remote working as they see them.
Flexibility: Remote working allows employees to set their own schedules and work from anywhere, whether it's their home, a coffee shop, or a co-working space. This provides employees with more freedom and control over their workday, which can lead to improved mental health and work-life balance.
Increased productivity: Remote workers often report higher levels of productivity due to reduced distractions, a quieter work environment, and the ability to customize their work environment to their personal preferences. Additionally, remote workers are often more motivated to complete tasks efficiently, as they are not being monitored as closely as they would be in a traditional office setting.
Cost savings: Remote working eliminates the need for commuting, which can save employees both time and money. It also reduces other expenses such as eating out for lunch or buying professional attire. This can lead to significant cost savings for employees, which can be especially beneficial for those with lower incomes. For employers, benefits include talent retention (less staff turnover), increased workforce productivity, and potential cost savings from needing less office space.
Access to a larger pool of talent: Remote working allows companies to hire from a wider geographic area, which increases the pool of potential candidates and can lead to better hiring decisions. It also allows companies to tap into specialized skills that may not be available in their local area.
Environmental benefits: Remote working reduces commuting, which can lower greenhouse gas emissions and help protect the environment. Additionally, remote working can reduce the need for large office buildings, which can also have a positive impact on the environment.
Improved work/life balance: With remote working, employees are able to work from home or a location that suits them best, meaning they can spend more time with their family and friends and reduce the stress that can come with a traditional work environment. This can lead to improved mental health, better job satisfaction, and a happier workforce.
Greater autonomy: Remote workers often have greater autonomy over their work, which can lead to greater job satisfaction and motivation. This autonomy can also lead to greater creativity and innovation, as employees are able to work in a way that best suits their strengths and preferences.
Overall, remote working can provide many benefits to businesses who embrace it, including increased productivity, cost savings, access to a larger talent pool, and improved work-life balance. But to shift a workforce from the office to remote may not be straightforward for most businesses. Teams need many of the resources they have in the office. That can be a challenge with some of these resources have been traditionally fixed in place.
Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself when preparing a remote working strategy:
Calystro has helped many Australian businesses define and implement remote and hybrid working strategies. Feel free to reach out if you'd like to learn more about the benefits to your business.
Our team is available to help. Reach out and we can discuss how Calystro can help you achieve your business goals.