2020 is anticipated to be “the year of remote” as more and more of the workforce embraces flexible positions. While the benefits of remote working include an opportunity to work while traveling, its main perk should be its ability to change the life of workers, businesses and communities.
Remote working allows for a geographically dispersed workforce, which has a direct impact on communities, industry and the global economy. Mobile jobs alleviate the pressure of urbanization, allowing workers to move to areas where diversification is needed.
Additionally, remote jobs cut down on commute times, which means lighter carbon footprints, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Remote working also helps with water scarcity, food production, energy usage and accessible healthcare, as well as reduced plastic/paper usage and overall waste.
Having distributed teams allows managers to focus on how work is being accomplished, rather than who is accomplishing it. This leads to reduced discrimination based on race, gender, age and family status and a more diverse workplace. A remote position also allows those with invisible barriers, such as autism and dyslexia, a greater opportunity to grow career-wise.
Research has long proven that people that work flexibly or remotely are happier and healthier. While remote working can come with loneliness, this can be remedied by working with a remote work consultant. Despite this one downfall, remote working has numerous other benefits as it allows for less sick days, lower stress levels, more time with family, healthier eating, higher exercise rates, more job satisfaction and much more.