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Remote working can be an effective strategy not only for small businesses or start-ups but for conglomerates as well. This is mainly because of two reasons. Firstly, it helps to attract a large pool of talent. And secondly, it can be employed to create a loyal workforce. The following article throws light on 5 ways remote working boosts productivity and increases a company’s profits by creating a loyal workforce.
1. It promotes work-life balance
According to the report, 60% of employees have stated that they have a little or no work-life balance. This not only leads to deteriorating health over time – anxiety, lack of sleep, depression, obesity, etc. – but also leads to psychological guilt – unable to partake in important events in their child’s school, missing dates with the doctor, spending relaxed time with family, etc.
This is where remote working does wonder. Employees can spend the sunny afternoon inside the pool of a luxury hill resort with their kids. And once their tiny tots doze off to sleep, they can log in and complete their projects. If such a system is put in place, employee productivity will shoot up in no time and help build a loyal workforce.
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2. It helps employees pursue their passion
Today’s workforce consists of millennials and Gen Zers who are strongly passionate about a lot of things. Some of them do courses on professional photography, some like to learn new languages, others like rock-climbing, and yet others are trying to build a career in DOTA ( The global DOTA e-gaming competition, which is conducted every year, had a prize pool of USD 34 million in 2019). When the stakes are so high, it can be heart-shattering to imagine that one doesn’t have enough time to pursue their passion.
Remote working comes as a boon. It enables employees to work from the comfort of their home and simultaneously pursue their passion. This rejuvenates them and helps create a loyal workforce.
3. It saves long commute hours
Ask an employee about commuting and you will have a script ready for the best-selling travel book. Those bone-cracking train rides, spine-rupturing car trips, and unending traffic lights are no less than nightmares in a commuters’ life. Also, there have been many studies that show how emission from traffic congestion leads to deterioration of air quality and a rise in health risks.
Remote working provides a solution. It allows employees to work from the comfort of their couch without having the need to suffer episodes of road rage and waste time in honking through the packed roads of the metropolis. They can use those extra hours instead to sleep or enjoy the sunrise, a rarity indeed. This step will go miles in building a loyal workforce.
4. It’s a matter of deep appreciation
Technically, telecommuting is making use of the Internet and online applications to do work from a distant location. But the story doesn’t end over there. It has a different appeal to it. It’s a way to express a company’s gratitude towards its employees. It shows that the employer trusts the employee’s ability to get the work done even if they are not physically present at the workplace. It covertly shows that there is no need to micromanage their affairs. This gesture makes the employee feel like a respected team member and increases their loyalty for the company they work for.
5. It hammers a nail in the coffin of unnecessary costs
Remote working brings unnecessary costs – commute, lunch, office-attire, sending kids to creche – to a bare minimum (In some cases it eliminates them completely). When employees don’t have to worry about those things, they save a lot of money. These new savings can be used in multiple ways – to pursue their passion, to save for their kid’s education, or for facing tough times ahead. And it’s worth not mentioning that it plays a huge role in creating a loyal workforce.
With the advent of video conferencing and instant messaging tools, remote working is propagating at the speed of light. It increases employee productivity and creates a work-life balance in their lives. At Sage, we are home to world-class CRM software that will make remote working a piece of cake and help you transform into an employee-centric organization.
Disclaimer: All the information, views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors and their respective web sources and in no way reflect the principles, views or objectives of Sage Software Solutions (P) Ltd.