Benefits of Remote Working
1. No office politics
More often than not, it has been observed that employees lose a lot of work productivity and focus owing to office politics. The human resources personnel generally have a hard time managing such conflicts. This usually hampers your career growth and career as well. With no hassle of such gossips and fear of backbiting, you ensure your peace when you choose remote working.
2. Time saved in remote working is money saved
When you spend no/less time commuting to and from your workplace, you could have those saved hours spent in a multitude of better ways. Although we know that time is money remote working would cut your expenditure on commuting to your office every day.
3. Increased focus on your work
It is clear that with no mess of traveling and loud horns in an hour-long traffic jam, more time in your hands, some saved money in your piggy bank and the work schedule that suits you the best, you would be giving more attention to the tiniest of details in your work. In other words, you can work to the best of your interests and capabilities.
4. Choice of environment
Your workspace can be any kind. You get to choose what suits your mental space for work. There is no restriction or being confined to your table and computer screen in the office.
5. Personal life matters
One of the most criticized aspects of a corporate job is its 9 to 5 job nature, clashing deadlines, and overtimes which eventually leads to no social and/or personal life. With remote work, your family can be you’re your priority without compromising on work and you get to be in touch with your friends and other acquaintances as well. Needless to mention, you would not lose time to spend on yourself as well.
Why should an employer hire remote workers?
There are many benefits for employers in letting their employees work from home, but it also takes a little planning and the adequate tools required to make it work.
1. Undoubtedly, sitting at the same desk day after day, staring at the computer screen with the same four walls and chaos surrounding makes the majority of your workforce lose the skill of innovation and creativity. Remote working gives your employee his/her comfort to perform to the best of their capabilities.
Employees can surround themselves with their inspirations to be creative. Specifically, employees who work better when they talk through things out loud, having such privacy (and without disturbing coworkers) can be a great asset.
2. A study report by Stanford reports that remote working employees were able to produce more work, which was equivalent to an additional full shift per week when they worked from home. This should not be shocking when you take into account the fact that any employee naturally spends a significant amount of time talking to coworkers, in-office gossips, taking several breaks, etc.
3. Remote working enables your employees to do things that they might not have been able to do in an office. For example, receiving deliveries, having meals with family, take timely doctors’ appointments, etc. This promotes your employees’ work-life balance. Promoting work-life balance depicts to the employees that you value them and their contribution to the organization. This could lead to an increase in employee morale. This not only motivates them for their best performances but also increases their loyalty to manifolds.
4. Letting the employees work from home means that now you can opt for your office space that is smaller and less expensive. It would also reduce the cost of many utilities and rent.
5. Remote work allows your employees to work from home even when they report mild contagious sickness. Thus, reduced absence in work owing to changing weather. Also, they cannot get stuck in long traffic jams or miss their bus to the workplace. This, again, engages them and results in the less absences and more work done.
Drawbacks of Remote Working
Well, we cannot deny that there are certain drawbacks to the concept of remote working as well.
Let us now look into the reasons due to which employers or employees, especially in India, might not be pleased or comfortable with the idea of working remotely.
1. The lack of infrastructure in our country is a gigantic obstacle in the path of remote working. Be it the less number of working spaces, work suitable environment or poor internet connectivity, none seems to be of help.
2. Our culture does not perceive the notion of working from home as a good practice. This cultural stigma of not doing anything substantial from home stops people from taking up remote work.
3. India, as a country, is a very diverse country in terms of both culture and geography. Again, it is still in its developing phase with some cities more developed and expensive while some cities are less or underdeveloped and cheaper. In such a scenario, equal pay for equal work or a difference in salary would be a messy and unfair affair.