A remote work force is far from a new idea, but it is a trend that is starting to gain traction in the small business sector. Remote work requires strong communication and the right technology, but when implemented properly it has real benefits for both the business owner and the employees.
A nationwide survey states that 65% of employees think that remote work would boost their productivity. 86% states that working alone would maximize their productivity.
And those surveyed aren’t just saying that so they can work in their pajamas. One study found that the number of office workers that can not concentrate while at their desks has increased by 15% in the last 10 years.
With technology that is currently available, users can even reboot a computer or server remotely with a “smart” surge protector. Eliminating the issue of having to drive in to an office to flip a switch.
It seems counterintuitive but remote work can increase communication. It forces better collaboration to overcome the distance, improving the communication. Without being able to walk over to a coworker’s desk, employees must reach out more often and with intent.
With the today’s available technology, video chatting, and instant messaging is more than enough to keep the flow of communication moving. Not to mention the large number of programs and services that are designed with the purpose of increasing communication between coworkers all over the world.
On any given day an employee could be out of the office. Illness, car trouble, or even a “doctor’s appointment” ( we both know they are at a baseball game) can cause an employee to miss work. Since remote workers can plan their day almost to the hour, they can account for personal issues while not cutting into the amount of work that day. This allows them to be available for their coworkers and clients more often.
A remote worker or workforce can really cut costs. Rent, mileage, office furniture and utilities cost will all drop with fewer people in an office.
Additionally, cloud hosted services can reduce the cost and need of on-site hardware like servers and switches.
Remote work does not necessarily mean working from home. It should be looked at more as the opportunity to work from anywhere.
Businesses of all sizes are beginning to adopt remote strategies. By eliminating obstacles, like security holes and how to access critical data securely, you set your business up to take advantage of all the benefits of a remote work force.
Allowing your employees to work remotely can show a confidence in them. This has been shown to lead to a well-balanced lifestyle in and out of the office.
A flexible schedule and the option to work remote can increase a company’s competitive advantage when hiring new talent.