The benefits of remote working

There is little doubt that a degree of remote working appeals to most employees. It provides flexibility, helps with childcare and cuts down wasted time and money spent commuting. However, many would argue that just because employees like it, doesn’t necessarily mean its good for the business?

In our opinion one of the biggest benefits of remote working is the very fact that employees like it. Remote working can be a great way to attract digital workers in a competitive market, as well as increase retention and improve staff morale.

“Remote working can be a great way to attract digital workers in a competitive market, as well as increase retention and improve staff morale.”

The benefits in terms of childcare also helps attract more experienced members of staff who have family commitments, and women who often bear the brunt of juggling work and family.

Reducing commuting also puts more money in employees pockets, effectively increasing their take home pay. This makes them more expensive to other companies who may seek to headhunt them without offering remote working.

One of the big fears among employers is that remote workers will ‘goof off’ and be less productive. In our experience nothing could be further from the truth. Remote workers might not necessarily work a traditional 9 to 5, but they do put the hours in and normally get more done than an office based worker.

For a start, at least some of the time they would have spent commuting is inevitably spent doing work. Furthermore, with work constantly accessible, they tend to spend additional time in the evenings answering email and catching up.

“Phone calls, meetings, colleagues, noise and other distractions make the office a far worse place to focus than home.”

Ultimately the fear about employees ‘goofing off’ comes down to trust. Do you trust your employees? If you do, remote working is an excellent way of demonstrating it.

When you allow employees to work from home you are telling them that you trust them to get the job done. This is a huge statement of confidence in your staff and one that the vast majority of people will respond to.

Managers often do not like the idea of employees being unavailable to monitor. They want to know exactly what those staff are up to, because that is what traditional business management says you should do.

“By micro-managing people you are treating them like children, and when you do, people start behaving like them.”

Nothing shows people that you consider them to be professional than allowing them to work unsupervised.

How we can help

Remote working is becoming an industry standard, especially among digital workers. However, many organisations are afraid of this departure from traditional working practices and are unsure how to manage it effectively. Lithium can advise on the easiest and most cost-effective way to allow your business and staff to operate effectively whether you’re in or out of the office. This includes remote phone access, Office to Office connections and fast/secure access to email, files and folders.