Advantages of remote work.

Nov. 16, 2020

Companies have been experimenting with work-from-home or alternative work setups for some time, but nothing brought this experiment to the fore quite like circumstances over the last several months.

Now, approximately 42 percent of the U.S. labor force adapting to work remotely.

Nicholas Bloom, who led the study of the "working-from-home economy", claims that even after the final victory over the coronavirus, this phenomenon will not go away and, at least, will change the existing appearance of megapolises.

Besides, Professor Bloom noted that the massive shift to teleworking is a ticking time bomb for inequality in the workplace and established order in offices.

But no need to be afraid of changes. Scientists have identified three positive aspects of remote work that will appeal to both employees and managers:

1​. Less control more results.

There is nothing good about working in an environment that feels micromanaged, as it stifles employee creativity and drive. Freeing up your team to work from home means trusting them to meet their goals. It's a give and take, and one that puts the responsibility of prioritization on your employee. But with increased personal responsibility, people usually find themselves more dedicated to meeting their goals and spending their time more efficiently.

2​. Increase in productivity.

There is this assumption that work-from-home employees are less productive, but research shows that is not the case. A ​ California-based study by Prodoscore recently found that employees who worked from home were 47 percent more productive. With commutes eliminated as well as other distractions, employees can dedicate more time to their actual work and increase their focus on what needs to be done.

3​. A more proactive and talented staff.

Alternative work arrangements and working from home help organizations break the geographical barriers and hire the best talent. Now it doesn't matter where you are, professional skills are much more important. Marketing, design, IT, architecture - remote teams are no longer uncommon in all these areas. As part of these teams, the employee receives not only new tasks but also professional tools to achieve their results. For example, with the help of Remotix, developers, designers or architects can remotely work on powerful computers with professional software, even if they have a slower computer at home.

It seems that all roads point to a future where working from home is the new normal, and the stigma associated with working from home prior to COVID-19 will disappear.