There’s a trend causing significant disruption to the concept of the ‘daily grind’, the 9-5. It’s the concept of remote working, and it’s taking the business world by storm.
Now, pinning down exactly what’s been the catalyst to the global growth of remote working is no easy task. But there’s evidence to the fact that many pressing issues, compounded, have contributed to this rising phenomenon – freedom and comfort, to start.
Overarching these, though, is the recent revelation that remote working can actually be good for you – good for mind, body and soul. The digital uprising has made the proliferation of remote working possible, with professionals worldwide working the way they want, commanding their career trajectories better because of it, and showing that remote work is in fact beneficial to employee and employer, alike.
At Always On , we are delighted at the growth of this new working world trend. Simply because of the fact that we like to think we’re part of it. We’re making sure that country-wide, our speedy Hotspots are there for any and all, ensuring our own growing contingent of remote workers stays connected.
It’s a burgeoning movement, yes, and being embraced by many, true. But remote working may still be a somewhat ungraspable notion to the traditional business collective. Questions of trust and reliability may still be niggling nay-thoughts in the minds of many, and the argument that office absenteeism may detract from the employee’s level of work engagement, still comes to the fore.
Many, however, are insisting that there might just be something to it. Tech writer, Nick Hardiman, from his TechRepublic piece, ’10 good reasons why working remotely makes sense’ highlights at length many compelling ‘yes’ points for remote work, each stemming from extensive discussions between business researchers at The Guardian newspaper.
Here, in a nutshell, are some of what they deemed the redeeming points to the new work-life evolution:
1. Less Stress
In a working city, the commute alone, from home to office and back, is enough to add fuel to a stress-fire. Also, many worrisome points such as tardiness, colleague relationships and clashing office personalities can build on worker stress.
2. Less Cost – For Both Employer and Employee
For employers, simply having a body in the office costs money. Line items such as computers, kitchen stocks, stationary, even flushing toilets, all add a cost to company. For employees, rising fuel costs can often become a debilitating factor that cannot be redeemed nor controlled, as salaries remain the same.
3. More Choice
With a large part of the rising global work force being millennial-comprised, the freedom of choice in how one works is now vital to employee happiness. The younger worker is not accustomed to a pre-determined way of working. According to Robert Gor by, marketing director at Powwow now, ‘…Choice is very important. There shouldn’t be a technology-driven compulsion to work in a certain way.
4. Happier Employees
Employees and independent professionals who are imbued with the freedom of choice to operate where and when they please, are generally happier in their working lives. No matter the employment situation, careers today are evolving within an ecosystem wholly powered by technology. That technology spans profession and life and so work and life often seamlessly meld, creating a meshing and a grain to all parts of living. Working remotely may allow for that professional to then carefully systemic work-life and personal. It’s a happier situation, more satisfying, and as Jonathan Swan, researcher at Working Families says (and Hardiman reiterates): ‘…It’s about working with the grain of people’s lives…’
5. Less Commuting
Building on point 1: In what is quite the bombshell gleaned from the UK Office of National Statistics, The Guardian researchers dropped this: ‘Commuters have lower life satisfaction, a lower sense that their daily activities are worthwhile, lower levels of happiness…’ Need we say more?
Admittedly, there may still be many beneficial aspects to office life: constant engagement, colleague and client interaction, and perhaps a sense of community. But there’s an exciting working life shift happening in remote working, a disruption, and the global professional interest in it cannot be denied.
Remote working is fast forming as a lustrous facet in the global digital evolution, and because of it, we may just be witnessing the last days of the traditional working environment.
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