Working from home as a remote worker seems like a dream job. That dream has become a reality for many in Asia, with authorities effectively mandating work-from-home policies due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak.
In some ways, we might consider this to be the world’s largest remote working experiment. It’s possible to use this as a baseline to assess the effectiveness of telecommuting, and to have a quantitative understanding on how it can benefit both employees and employers. But are companies ready to measure productivity, engagement, and employee satisfaction? Only time will tell.
How can working from home benefit employers, aside from obvious of reducing the risk that employees contract Coronavirus? Here is a list of the most prominent benefits that employers can experience by allowing employees to work at home:
- Reduced turnover – Allowing employees to work at home can be considered as one of the best measures that employers can take in order to reduce turnover. That’s because flexible schedules associated with work at home can increase job satisfaction among employees. Employees who have the flexibility to balance their home life with work life will be less stressed and have a greater sense of loyalty to their employers. As a result, the employers will be able to cultivate a long term staff that can contribute a lot towards the development of the business. When the company has a reduced turnover, it will be able to save thousands in expenses on opening new job positions, screening, interviewing, hiring, and onboarding candidates.
- Reduced overhead – Employers who ask the employees to work at home will be able to reduce their overhead expenditures in a convenient manner. That’s because the employer will not have to provide office supplies, centrally-managed telecommunication equipment, and furniture to the staff members. The employees will have to use the resources available at their home. For example, they will have to use home computers and phone lines at home. This will assist the employers to save a considerable amount of money that was meant to be spent on the employees.
- High motivation – It has been identified that employees with a flexible work schedule have a higher morale when compared to others. In fact, they tend to enjoy their job responsibilities. Increased morale has the potential to create an impact on the quality of work as well. In addition, it can boost productivity among employees. It can benefit business earnings in the long run.
- Impacts on environment – People who work from home tend to communicate with managers and colleagues through video conferences, telephone, Slack and other chat tools, and email. They conduct virtual meetings through internet. This can reduce automobile emissions and create a positive impact on the environment. On the other hand, the company will be able to reduce its electricity expenses. Then the company will be able to promote it in the industry as a “Green Company”, which can help them to create a positive impression on the minds of clients. In fact, it will assist the companies to enhance the available business opportunities.
Any company will be able to experience these benefits. However, they need to create a proper mindset among employees and let them know how work can be done from home while ensuring productivity. In order to do that, the employers can ask them to refer to a proper guide and follow the instructions carefully. Then they will be able to experience all the benefits associated with work from home employees without any difficulties.
Can we introduce remote working in the future?
Number of new cases reported with patients infected with Coronavirus will eventually subside. In another couple of months, we will likely see things coming back to normal. Along with that, it is important to take a look at the lessons that we learned by forcing employees to work from home.
From the feedback that we receive from most of the employees, remote working is as productive or more than employees coming into an office. This can benefit both employees as well as employers in the long run.