We are living in exciting times when it comes to technology. The way it’s expanding and growing is nothing short of exciting, and the future of technology means that the way that we are working is changing, too. One of the ways that technology is changing the face of business is with the introduction of remote working.
Remote working is the process of allowing teams or staff – or the entire workforce – to work away from the main business office but still maintain deadlines and tasks. It’s not something that every business can do, but those who can are switching on to how well it can work for their staff and their bottom line. There are some business owners who worry about the productivity of their staff if they cannot work with them in the main office, and while these concerns are valid, they are largely unfounded. Studies have previously shown that businesses who allow people to work from home have seen an increase in productivity and efficiency.
Having a remote team – or business – can prove that you are embracing the future of the workplace, positively impacting your business and working to ensure that your staff are happy and loyal. Providing them with equipment and mobile hotspot plans isn’t always a necessity, but some companies like the idea of providing their staff with all the right tools for the job – even at home. Let’s look at some of the benefits of a remote workforce:
- One thing you can absolutely count on is the increase in productivity. Remote employees are far more relaxed in their own chosen environment, and if you are giving them the time and space to work for themselves, they will always work better. Being in a more relaxed environment is helpful for their motivation, and work gets done far more efficiently.
- Business meetings are no longer the biggest time consumer of the day, but when you have a remote team, meetings are a fraction of the time. You can structure a chat with staff to last a few minutes instead of hours and everyone will make an effort to be involved.
- Allowing your staff to work remotely prevents you from micromanaging their day. They are more willing to work hard and those who were previously unnoticed in their working day get their chance to shine. You give them the flexibility to work away from the watchful management eye, which can breed a level of courage in staff to reach higher.
- Look at the incentives that you are offering your remote employees. You want to retain the best talent, and while you offer people flexibility, you need to assume that you have to offer something more to keep people interested. Offering their daily rate for their birthday off can, for example, impress them enough to keep them on your team.
People want flexibility and with it comes a level of productivity that you may not have previously anticipated. Give it a trial run if you’re worried, but remote teams are the future and you need to embrace it.