While an estimated 70% of people globally worked remotely in 2018 (Browne, Ryan) this number has increased the past few years, in fact for many, it has become the new norm. For many organizations the pandemic provided an opportunity to “think outside the box” and consider how their organizational structure and productivity could continue to be successful. While this change in company culture happened almost immediately and left little time for extended planning, many organizations rapidly determined a plan for remote workers. So, we must ask, is remote working going to continue to be the new norm?
For many remote workers, there is freedom in remote working. Working remotely allows employees to live in the same or different community as their corporate office, while utilizing their individual skillset to build the company and grow professionally. While remote workers can change the culture within an organization and create a need to consider internal polices, there are many benefits to allowing your employees to work from home within the office homebase community, or in some cases, work remotely from hundreds or thousands of miles away. A successful plan for employees to work remotely comes from thinking outside the box; what was once a traditional office space can now look vastly different.
So how can remote working benefit your organization and create a happy workforce? Consider the following most up-to-date information quoted from The Ultimate List of Remote Work Statistics (https://www.smallbizgenius.net/by-the-numbers/remote-work-statistics/):
- 40% of people feel the greatest benefit of remote work is the flexible schedule.
- 16% of companies exclusively hire remote workers.
- Companies allowing remote work have 25% lower employee turnover those that don’t.
- 76% of workers would be more willing to stay with their current employer if they could work flexible hours.
- People who work remotely at least once a month are 24% more likely to be happy and productive.
- The number of people who work from home has increased by 140% since 2005.
- 3 million people in the USA work from home at least half the time.
Remote workers benefit most organizations. The idea is sure to create challenges, but challenges are how we grow! The future is looking long-distance, is your company ready?