Remote working has gained traction across businesses steadily over the past decade, but some companies have still been reluctant to adopt this practice.
A common misconception of remote working is that productivity takes a hit, but studies have long disproved this. A 2020 Airtasker survey found that, while remote workers took more breaks throughout the day, they also spent more time dedicated to work tasks.
Allowing employees the flexibility of working when and where the want has been found to not only benefit workers themselves, but also businesses. According to estimates from the Global Workplace Analytics Telework Savings Calculator, a single company can save $11,000 a year per remote worker who telecommutes half the time. This is due to businesses reducing costs associated with onsite operations, rent for office space, equipment and more.
Implementing a remote work policy also helps companies break down boundaries when looking for new talent. Removing geographic limitations allows employers to find the absolute best applicants that can bring a diverse outlook to the company.
Having a remote working plan set in place can also help companies during natural disasters or emergencies by allowing non-essential onsite workers to continue operations from home.
Lastly, remote working helps companies reduce their carbon footprint as workers can avoid long commutes. In fact, if the 79% of workers that want to telecommute were able to, they would save 50 million tons of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.