The business world has been forced to consider remote working, whether they’re ready for it not. The COVID-19 pandemic means the world has had an unprecedented impact on how businesses work.
Forsome companies, they were already experienced with their teams working from home. For others, this has been a scary and sudden change that they are still coming to terms with. In this article, we’re goingto share 5 statistics about remote working that will hopefully provide comfort for you.
1. Employee Retention
According to research by Gartner, in companies that embrace remote working, employee retention is known to increase by 10%. In this decade, remote working will stop becoming a ‘perk’ and begin to be expected.
Younger generations especially want to be able to have more flexibility in their working arrangements.
2. Eradicating the commute!
For some people, the morning commute is the bane of their life. More than this, it’s also environmentally damaging. According to Pow Wow Now, 45% of employees face an hour long commute every day or more. That’s 10 hours per week, 520 hours per year. People just over 21 days every year to a commute – a crazy thing to consider. Of course, with remote working, your team’s commute will be around 30 seconds – simply the walk from bed to the desk.
3. More common than you think
The Office of National Statistics have published a report stating that the number of employees in the UK who have begun working from home has increased by nearly a quarter of a million over the last decade. We think the crisis we currently find ourselves in will leave an impact on remote working in the sense that once the pieces are in place – many companies may decide to continue with remote working.
4. Less distraction
In a Flexjobs survey, it was found that 75% of people who are working from home are doing so because they experience less distractions. You’d think there are more distractions at home, but when you stop to think about the office environment – it is an extremely distracting place to be.
Whether it’s the phone ringing, chats about last night’s Game of Thrones episode or the hourly
“Shall we pop the kettle on?” from the team.
5. Improves hiring
For some people, the promise of remote working is what would entice them to a position. In fact, a recent report suggests that as much as 70% of employees would feel that the promise of flexible working makes a job more attractive. More than this, with a strong remote working setup
(we’ll get to that in a minute!) also allows you to break down geographical boundaries when it comes to hiring. You’re more likely to find great people if you can hire someone who lives in anywhere in the UK, as opposed to just in your town!