The Business Benefits of Remote Working
Many businesses employ some form of remote working. This is widely seen as a benefit or perk for employees, however it can also be a great benefit for businesses.
Read the infographic below to discover how businesses can benefit from implementing remote working solutions for their employees. If you’re looking to increase productivity in your organisation, be sure to read our guide on boosting productivity for business owners!
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You don’t need to leave your customers behind when you leave the office. There are a number of useful tools and systems out there to allow you to keep working whether you’re on the move, or working outside of the office. For many businesses the ability for employees to work wherever and whenever has become vital in keeping ahead of the competition.
One of the main benefits to remote working is that it saves your business money:
- 82% of companies say that remote working benefits their business.
- Businesses can save on rent and utility costs as less office space is required.
Participating companies reported that remote working promotes better productivity:
- 50% of remote workers are more productive than in house staff.
- 79% of managers say that cutting edge technology enables them to hire remote workers.
- 70% of managers reported remote working resulted in an increase in productivity
What other benefits are there to businesses?
Cost savings and increased productivity are just some of the things that businesses participating in remote working enjoy. Here are a few more benefits:
- 63% of managers linked a growth in revenue directly to flexible and remote working practices.
- 85% of businesses agree that remote working enhances employee well-being.
- 78% of managers agreed that remote working makes it easier to retain staff.
- 62% feel remote working helps companies to better meet the needs of their customers.
- 1.16 tonnes of carbon dioxide could be prevented from being emitted annually per person, if employees who drive to work avoided the office for 2 days per week.
- 60% of London commuters get to work by car. Remote working helps businesses to embrace their corporate responsibility values.
- Remote working promotes better motivation and commitment within the business.
What are the benefits to employees?
It’s not just companies that can benefit a lot from remote working:
- Parents can spend more time with their families.
- Disabled people find it easier to work from home.
- People that live a great distance from work cut down on commuting costs.
- £520 and 1.6 weeks could be saved annually per person if they worked from home 2 days a week (based on £5 per day and 77 minutes commuting)
- Remote working is great for employees that aren’t suited to 9-5 jobs.
- Employees based in other countries save on flights and accommodation costs.
Who does remote working suit?
Remote working suits a wide variety of worker demographics:
- 64% of part-time female employees are at least partial remote workers.
- 57% of male employees work some formal hours from a remote location.
- Remote working encourages women to return to work following maternity leave.
What characterises a successful remote worker?
Remote working isn’t for everyone. Businesses need to ensure that potential remote workers have the following characteristics:
- 93% of employers demand remote workers have good time management skills.
- 87% think it’s important that remote workers have a strong work ethic.