The adoption of remote working in 2020 has been further accelerated in a way that employers could never have envisaged at the start of the year due to the unexpected global pandemic.

In a study regarding the state of remote working in 2019, 99% of the interviewees said that they would like, at least once in their career, to be able to work off-site.

Many current employees are willing to change workplaces if it means working remotely – approximately 74% of the workforce would prefer to quit a job for one that offers remote position

s. While 57% of the workforce said that the option to work remotely is their most preferable employment perk.

Regular work-at-home has grown by 173% since 2005, 11% faster than the rest of the workforce.

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Benefits of remote working for employers:

  1. Higher employee loyalty and retention rate

Remote workers said they are likely to stay in their current job for the next 5 years, which is 13% more than on-site workers. Additionally, 55% of remote workers said that they would be likely look for another job if they were no longer allowed to work remotely.

Evidently, a flexible work environment has a positive impact on employee satisfaction and ultimately, employee retention.

  1. Reduced costs

Not only do the employees save money when working remotely, but their employers make significant savings as well, as running an office workspace can be expensive.

Costs such as rent, office supplies, and utility bills can be costly for employers. Introducing remote working can drastically decrease the costs incurred to keep the business running.

  1. Improved employee morale

Thanks to the flexibility of remote working, employees may become more motivated and productive at the workplace. High employee morale translatesto less staff turnover, greater enthusiasm for work, and higher job satisfaction rates and increased performance.

Successful remote workers also tend to create self-initiated work ethic and acquire improved communication skills.

Is remote working the new norm?

The Covid-19 pandemic has made many businesses drastically modify their normal operations. Companies globally have been forced to work from home due to the lockdown – the biggest remote work shift in history.

Many companies adopted working from home that hadn’t previously embraced remote working before. For many of those organisations – such as Shopify or Twitter – that will continue after the lockdown. Will you continue remote working when normal service resumes?

If you require IT support or assistance with developing a digital work-from-home model, contact Grofuse today as we can guide you through embracing this newly advanced digital world. NI/GB: +44 2871 228820 ROI: +353 1 247 5294.