Of course, for many, the benefits of working in the office – such as collaborating with teams in person, and the value of keeping work and home life separate – can be really important, and the option to do so should remain. But, for many others, the ability to work remotely is still vital. As we move forward into the future of work, we should not be fighting for a return to the past, but embracing a new, more flexible and accessible workplace for all.
Remote working has a key role to play in making this a reality. Whether your team is fully-remote or exercising a hybrid approach, there are a number of significant benefits to be gained from remote working. In my team at Cinapsis, we’ve certainly found this to be true. Working remotely has positively impacted both our work as a team and our individual wellbeing. Over time, we’ve been able to consciously adapt and evolve our approach to ensure that this mode of working continues to provide optimal outcomes for everyone. From my experience leading a remote team, here are some of the main reasons we should think twice before waving goodbye to remote roles.
More concentrated work
Three quarters of managers say that remote work increases employee productivity and motivation. With work-from-home roles allowing employees to focus in an environment that suits them, many have noted fewer distractions and more focused work thanks to the ability to complete tasks in a quiet, comfortable environment at home, or from wherever they work best.
One study even found that those who were able to work remotely reported significantly lower rates of burnout in comparison to employees without flexible working policies. Giving employees choice when it comes to where and how they work can make a big difference to managing stress and wellbeing. As a result, providing the choice to work remotely can create a more conducive atmosphere for employee productivity.
Better work-life balance
A CIPD report carried out during the pandemic revealed that many employees found that the option to work remotely has helped improve their overall lifestyle and wellbeing. For many, waving goodbye to a long commute to the office has played a big role in this by freeing up significant amounts of time in their day. Employees can repurpose the time they would have spent commuting for other, more meaningful activities, such as spending time with family and friends, or balancing other commitments such as managing childcare responsibilities.
A pre-pandemic survey in 2019 found that the average commute time was taking almost an hour a day. By saving this time, employees gain the freedom to fit more around their work, improving their overall work-life balance and consequently enabling them to be more productive within their working hours.