Posted on February 17, 2020
Benefits of remote work go beyond the option of working in pajamas. It gives employees the freedom to prioritize work without sacrificing other parts of life that are important to them.
However, not all remote work is created equal and not every job can be done remotely. Remote work gained popularity in the tech industry but has spread to include 16 percent of the total workforce, based on studies by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some companies allow employees to work remotely occasionally, like when they’re sick, while other companies do not physically have an office and have a fully remote workforce. Then there are hybrid companies with a mix of in-house and remote workers. Regardless of the exact setup, remote work has life-changing benefits. Read on to learn five specific benefits of remote work for employees!
#1 Benefit of Remote Work: Work-Life Balance
Wikipedia defines work-life balance as “the lack of opposition between work and other life roles. It is the state of equilibrium in which demands of personal life, professional life, and family life are equal.” Remote work benefits employee work-life balance by allowing parents to stay with their sick child without using vacation days, travelers to keep crossing countries off their list, and commuters to trade an hour of traffic for more rest.
Employees that work remotely have more control over their schedules, which helps them make more time for personal and family relationships, exercising, hobbies, food preparation and more.
#2 Benefit of Remote Work: Remote Work Saves Time & Money
The average worker in the United States commutes 27 minutes every day as of 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, using time that could be spent resting, exercising, with family or even working. Not to mention employees usually arrive at work agitated and already feeling behind after sitting in traffic.
Working remotely also eliminates or greatly decreases the costs associated with going to work. Telework Research Network’s studies show that employees working remotely just half the time save $2,000-$7,000 per year. The costs of child care, eating lunch out, gas, vehicle maintenance and public transportation, and professional clothing drop dramatically with the option to work from home.
#3 Benefit of Remote Work: Promotes Health & Happiness
In 2019, Owl Labs surveyed 1,202 on benefits of remote work and found that 78 percent of participants reported less stress as the reason to work remote. When you are not confined by office hours, you become the master of your own schedule. You can workout when you need to, control what you eat by cooking at home and have a “personal day” at home without using vacation time.
#4 Benefit of Remote Work: Increases Productivity
Working from home takes some getting used to and requires learning what works on an individual level, but remote workers that take responsibility seriously tend to work harder than in-office employees because they feel they have to prove they are working. According to a study by Airtasker, remote workers spend 10 more minutes being productive than their in-office counterparts and overall, remote workers work 21.9 days per month compared to 20.5 of in-office workers. That same study also showed that the key to staying productive is taking regular breaks, something remote workers often do.
#5 Benefit of Remote Work: Employees Feel Trusted & Are Not Micromanaged
Many employers fear allowing employees to work remote will result in less productivity and abuse of the freedom. However, trusting your employees to work remotely gives them a sense of independence and control they have outside the office. You empower them to be the master of their own schedule and get work done when they see fit as long as it is done on time. Some people work better at night than in the afternoon, for example, and working remotely allows them to work when they are most productive. Additionally, managers have plenty of great tools (like eNPS) to give workers the benefits of an office without the costs.
Remote Work Is Here to Stay
Remote work has become the new norm and workers are eager to trade their daily commute (along with a percentage of their pay) for the benefit of remote work. Zapier published a study at the end of 2019 that showed that 74 percent of U.S. knowledge workers are willing to quit their job for a remote work position. Likewise, Buffer's 2019 study found that 99 percent of workers desire to work remote for at least some part of their careers.
Is it time you offer the benefit of remote work to your employees?