As a result of mandated social distancing rules due to the global outbreak of COVID-19, the world has seen enormous growth in the work from home culture, with more and more people working remotely as opposed to going into the office. While many people, including freelancers and sole traders, have been working from home or coffee shops for quite a while, this is a whole new ballgame for those who are used to going into an office every day. But we all know that embracing new and different situations can have an incredibly positive impact – remote working can absolutely offer a range of benefits to both employers and employees at this strange and challenging time.
You get Stuff Done Faster
First and foremost, the minute you take yourself out of your office environment, you have a lot more time during your workday to accomplish your goals and tasks. Travel time aside – having a clear work space in your home affords you countless opportunities to get going with work tasks quickly and efficiently. While staying on task does require substantial discipline and structure – many people report that being able to tend to issues at home immediately allows them to get back to work straight away instead of managing reduced focus and productivity in an office where they would be worrying about what was going on at home. In terms of productivity, it is not a surprise that 2/3 office managers prefer to have employees working from home.
Your Day is More Efficient
When you minimise distractions, you are able to develop a workflow that is more efficient and this of course, translates in to greater productivity. The research is clear and simple. Efficiency and productivity are heightened when unnecessary meetings and “time – wasting” conversations are cut from the daily grind. Working from home means you can’t get cornered in the office kitchen for a quick 5 minute debrief that turns into an hour you really needed to complete your daily tasks.
You Have Flexibility to arrange your day as you see fit
With a clear reduction in distractions and an increase in the rate at which you are completing your work tasks – there seems to be more time for spending time doing the things you enjoy and as such minimising your outside of office working hours. Truth be told – working from home will also mean you are less likely to dip into your sick leave – as wrapping up in front of your laptop will seem far more doable then getting dressed and going into an office when you are feeling under the weather.
Bonus – more time to recharge and spend time with your families as opposed to the usual onslaught of burnout and end of week exhaustion.
You can Enhance Your Relationships with your Colleagues
When you’re working as part of a team, you need to remain connected. So, when you aren’t working from a physical office, you are going to have to connect and engage more with your teammates. The last few months have seen the arrival of countless platforms that allow for online meetings and discussions – work schedules and the colour coded management of tasks and deadlines has never been so easy.
In fact –just a mobile phone signal can make a huge impact in assisting you and your team to collaborate and complete team – based work.
Working from Home is becoming the New Norm
Through the incredible rate at which technology is developing and providing us all with the means to work remotely - the increase in how people are working from home is twofold.
There are always two sides to the coin – and in this case we could continue to weigh up the different sides for days.
But for both employees and employers, having the increased productivity and efficiency as well the way flexibility can have such a positive impact on the mental well being of workers – may very well be enough for now.
Regardless of the size or focus of your business, having a clear working from home schedule and set up can make a huge difference in the way you complete your work tasks and tackle the demands of the current climate.