Remote working has become a staple in the workforce thanks to the technological advancements that have made it possible. In fact, research from IWG found that 80% of employees would turn down a position if it did not offer flexible working.
A study from flexjobs and global Workplace Analytics also found that there has been an increase of 159% in remote working between 2005 and 2017. Today, nearly five million employees work remotely. Furthermore, 50% of workers are working outside their main office at least two and a half days a week.
While the benefits of flexible working are plentiful, some employers want to oversee their employees day-to-day activities. When employers let go of this power, it can leave uncertainty about whether their workers can truly be productive outside of the office.
But as research has proven, remote workers can get work done and in many instances, are even more productive than working in an office.
Remote working not only boosts productivity, but it increases employee attraction and retention for organizations. This helps reduce recruiting and advertising costs for employers.
Having this work option has also been found to improve the overall health of remote workers since they are not exposed to the same amount of germs seen at offices. Moreso, the vast majority of employees who work from home said that it has increased morale and job satisfaction according to the Society for Human Resource Management.