The reasons and statistics that your employer needs to know
Remote is the future of work- If they are not trying it, they’re limiting themselves
By 2020, 50% of the Workforce Will Be Remote. (MarketWatch, 2017). Understanding the shift towards virtually dispersed teams and remote working is key for organisations today.
A study by Blueface in 2018 found that 78% of Irish Businesses have some sort of remote working policy in place.
Remote work can increase worker productivity-meaning more deliverables
Stats about remote work show that 82% of telecommuters reported lower stress levels, according to one study, and that’s a good thing not only for remote workers but for the companies that employ them. The study by PGI, a leading provider of software services, found that 80% of workers reported higher morale when working from home, while 69% reported lower absenteeism.
It lowers stress and boosts morale- happy employees= happy customers
Based on a survey of 2,066 workers drawn from three large multi‐national organisations, Kelliher and Anderson (2010) came to similar conclusions. They, too, discovered that remote workers had statistically higher levels of job satisfaction and organisational commitment than workplace‐bound workers.
Remote working is flexible, and you should be too
Discuss, Propose, Implement, Measure and Improve. Be willing to consider this as a trial with your employer, nothing is totally committed to, and if your employer feels at any stage it’s not working, that you’re happy to discuss and agree on next steps together. If there’s something you absolutely need to be in the office for, show that you are willing to travel and be there when it’s required.
Set your own expectations for your roles and responsibilities and show how you’ll meet those when working remotely. Make sure you showcase how you understand the importance of productivity goals, and what you’ll do if you find themselves struggling with the new arrangement.
The more you have documented, the better, but it's also a good idea to leave some room for flexibility. No matter how well you plan, there will always be unforeseen variables to disrupt your vision. For many business leaders, diving into remote work can be overwhelming to contemplate, so it’s important to structure your proposal in a way that is flexible and allows you & your employer to measure the success of this project at various stages.
Remote Work is not an end goal
The reasons for wanting to work remotely will vary for every individual. Remote working on its own will not necessarily guarantee happiness. Even if you work remotely, you still need to work on your skills, relationships, and goals because they will not develop without effort. If anything, you’ll need to put more effort into certain skill-sets in order to be successful at remote working and show your employer that remote working is a benefit as opposed to a hindrance.
I wish you the best of luck in your conversations. If your company or employer needs help in remote strategies or processes, you can reach me on [email protected]