Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly
Remote work is on the rise as professionals increasingly demand more flexibility and choice in the workplace. The internet, laptops, cloud computing, and other emerging technologies have reduced the need for people to be tied to a location and time in order to work effectively. Professionals today can work from home, from a cafe, a virtual office, or from wherever they are as long as they have access to internet and a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Recent studies have shown that remote work policies offer various benefits to employers and employees alike.
Top 5 Benefits of Remote Work Policies
1. Business Savings
You read that right. Remote working is cheaper than the alternative: it helps reduce commuting costs and overhead.
For starters, if people aren’t commuting to the office, there’s no need for companies to offer commuting benefits; furthermore, individuals save on valuable time, gas, and parking costs.
On the employer side, remote work helps reduce business overhead costs because companies won’t need to take up as much office space. This reduces leasing costs and electricity costs (fewer people means less energy: less heating or cooling, less lighting, less electronics to plug in or charge, etc.). But there’s more, remote work means less need for office supplies, furniture, coffee, tea, snacks, and maintenance services (less people means there’s less to clean up). Continue reading