The concept of working from home has been around for a very long time. As Covid-19 is here, the majority of us have been bound to work from home. The millennials are not choosing offices but remote works, and with that being said, we may be on the verge of a revolution!!
From around the globe, to attract top talent, enterprises and startups are adopting work from home options into the policies of their companies. Because of the ongoing pandemic, the pros of working from home are coming to light.
It makes one wonder if the office workers are out-performing those who work from their homes. Or if it is the other way around?
So, here we present a few aspects to you in which we compare both the teams, side to side, and highlight how working from home is not a bad idea.
It can be confidently said that office workers are out-performed by remote workers. And why is that so? Because of the benefits of remotely working.
Research shows that there is increment found in the efficiency and productivity as well as improvement in the collaboration and teamwork of the workers that work from home than the ones that work in offices.
With all that being said, below stated are a few areas where remote teams assure better outcomes than office workers:
The working hours of office employees are fixed, which means that they have to take absences and leaves due to health, attending a family event, or an important errand. On the other hand, remote workers operate at their own time, which means that they can work efficiently, according to their schedule, without losing a workday!
The fact that remote workers do not have to commute to their offices, contributes to their lack of dedication and absences. Without the need to go to the office, they are willing to spend an extra five minutes on finishing a given task or start the day early.
It is commonly thought that remote teams cannot work well together. Sorry to break it to you but that is false. The remote workers which are separated by oceans, tend to show more teamwork than the office workers, most probably because the distance forces them to communicate more often.
Remotely working teams do not have physical proximity as an advantage to maintain communication. So, in order to balance that gap, they need to frequently collaborate and engage to ensure a smooth workflow. It also leads to a stronger sense of fellowship, without any office politics.
Despite the regular nine-to-five grind, work from home comes with flexibility in work hours. This is the primary reason many people are inclined towards remote work. If you ever need to step out of the house for some necessary errands, you can sit back and work late to compensate for the time you spent out. So employees have the flexibility to adjust their work schedule around other duties like working moms can go check up on their kids, head out for an appointment, and more.
Remote work liberates employees to live their life yet creates a sense of responsibility to get the work done and collaborate with other fellow employees to ensure seamless workflow.
Employers are often seen worrying about the productivity of remote teams, thinking that it may not be sufficient. But the truth is, without any office distractions, they give more results than in-house workers. The remotely working teams are urged by themselves to pick up the pace and finish more tasks during the day.
Study suggests, 65% of the workers express the desire to work remotely in order to boost their productivity. Another reason is that they can design their work schedule around other appointments. It enables them to finish their responsibilities at work while simultaneously dedicating time to all the other areas of their lives.
Some employees are prone to awkwardness while communicating with their peers or managers, they find it difficult to communicate matters face-to-face. Moreover, in an office environment there exists a wrong impression that important matters, notifications, and updates are communicated well within the team when in reality this is not the case. Many employees miss out on crucial updates due to miscommunication.
However, remote work is totally reliant on constant communication and interaction with teammates. So employees are more likely to communicate matters frequently. Remote work urges communication with a purpose of eliminating awkwardness and nugatory chat.
Thus constant communication among remote teams keeps the workflow intact and the employees up-to-date with happenings within the organization.
One great benefit of outsourcing work to remote teams is the pool of talent available. Remote teams provide access to talent and expertise beyond the border. Likewise, if you plan to hire remote workers from different continents or regions of the world you will have exposure to the foreign market. Hiring offshore workers means you are welcoming new opportunities and diverse projects in the future, which is a great chance of growth for your business.
Also with the prevailing pandemic forcing us to remain socially distant, it is about time we normalize remote working. Yet having stated the benefits of remote teams, would you waste no time and do your research to hire a remote team or still choose to build an in-house team? Choose wisely!