The benefits that employees receive from remote working arrangements has been lauded for years now.
However, despite this, it appears that companies are in a hurry to bring workers back into the workplace. A survey from PwC found that 75% of executives expect to have at least half of their staff in the office by July.
But this policy doesn’t just have a positive impact on employees — companies can gain a lot too.
The most obvious benefit is cost savings. Companies that have a more distributed or remote workforce can reduce their expenses by downsizing, consolidating or moving to smaller offices.
Along with this, working from home can help organizations reach sustainable goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, research has found that U.S. employees that work from home save around 3.6 million tons of greenhouse gas each year.
Maybe most importantly, analysis has shown that remote working can boost productivity. PwC’s survey found that 34% of employees have stated they are more productive when working from home and 52% of executives agree.
This also means that companies can expand their talent reach. Without any geographical boundaries, employers can widen and diversify their talent pool more than ever.