Can Your Staff Work Remotely?

As a business owner, you want to bring out the best in your employees; productivity, creativity, and efficiency. It's great to provide a comfortable central working space with all mod-cons and a beautiful reception sofa in a client-greeting area but what if you run a closed office? Is there any value to considering that some of your staff could work remotely to bring costs down?
It saves money
When your employees work from home, everyone saves money. Employees save money on commuting to and from work, on professional suits to wear every day, and on food to eat during their breaks. Not to mention the effects it will have on their mood, as studies have shown commuters have a lower life satisfaction, lower levels of happiness and higher anxiety on average than non- commuters. If enough employees take the option to telecommute to work, then employers can also benefit by moving to a smaller office building. Why spend the majority of your budget on a large building when you can easily conduct your business from a small office?
It expands your business
Encouraging remote working can expand your business in two ways. Firstly, you can expand your recruitment and start hiring people all over the country. Many people will jump at the chance to work for their dream industry without having to worrying about commuting, and your company benefits from acquiring new talent that you wouldn’t have discovered otherwise.
Second, your employees can work from anywhere. This way, you spread awareness about your business to new locations, and your employees feel refreshed after a change of scene.
Employees have the perfect work/life balance
Thanks to technology, you can always check in on your homeworkers to make sure they’re meeting all their targets without any problems. Once that’s done, your employees can structure their daily schedule to fit in with their families and personal lives. If they find they get more work done at night because they spend the afternoon running around after small children, that’s their business. All you need to be concerned about is whether the deadlines are being met. Chances are, you could see an increase in productivity because they’ve all achieved a good work/life balance.
Your meetings become more effective

When you conduct your first Skype meeting you might notice that, without having to get up extra early to meet before work, everyone is more alert. It doesn’t matter if they’re secretly still in pyjamas as long as they’re taking notes and paying attention.

Recently there has been evidence to support the idea that remote working is another way to bring out these good qualities in your employees, as well as a guarantee that they are healthier and happier. Most employers are sceptical of remote working, because there’s no way of knowing whether or not your employees are slacking off. Perhaps the points that I've mentioned will convince you to take a chance on introducing a remote working option in the workplace.