It’s crazy how a working environment isn’t limited to your office space. In the digitalization of our work tasks, we now have access to the privilege of working from home. Also known as remote working, the endless debate about the ‘better’ option for employers and employees together is yet to be settled upon. However, we do have some points you’d like to consider as a traditional employer or a modern employee.
The productivity levels of remote working or working from home have always been in question and you could’ve said ‘rightly so’ about a decade ago. In 2019, ‘phoning it in’ isn’t an equivalent to tardiness or insufficient effort. Major companies allow their employees to work from the comforts of their home as many days of the years as they might ask for given that they finish given tasks and don’t waver on the productivity front. Even when an employee is in the office space on a working day, it doesn’t guarantee their productivity levels. They might slack through meetings or take countless coffee breaks whereas a work from home employee can sip on coffee within the comforts of his home while attending a scheduled conference call. On particular days when they’re not up for work it doesn’t make sense to drag them through the day without getting substantial output. So productivity varies from employee to employee and not on work space.
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Now let’s talk stats because numbers don’t lie.
According to a recent study, remote workers make about 13.6% more calls than their contemporaries in the office. That is about a day’s more work than the usual office working average per week. A Connect Solution study found out that about 76% of work from home employees got more work done in lesser number of hours due to fewer distractions such as lunch time, noisy co-workers and conversations. A report after Best Buy’s introduction of its flexible work program showed a jump of about 35% employee productivity levels.
However, as an employer it is essential for you to know that the effectiveness of a remote working program isn’t in the program itself but its execution. It depends on the organizational needs, the personnel involved and the circumstance. In some cases, like a call centre job or meetings where it is critical to have a personal interaction, you can’t have remote jobs for employees.
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With limited evidence and traditional working models still in play, it is a surprise that work from home jobs are still on the rise and are at par with full time jobs. As an employee, some are just better suited to doing their jobs more productively outside the usual office space. As an employer, you should focus on the output and then opt for the best working method for your business.