2020 tested the work model as we knew it. Then, without warning, millions of employees were sent home and had to work remotely.
While there was a bit of adjustment, there wasn’t a huge learning curve for employers or employees. Many companies and individuals were able to adapt quickly to working virtually with the help of technology.
Many businesses and individuals found that they were more productive working from home once they set up a workspace and got into a rhythm. So let’s explore 3 of the benefits of working remotely.
Less Time Commuting
Many people spend more than an hour commuting to their workplaces via car, train, or bus. That is precious time that could be spent being more productive or taking care of your body and mind.
Having an extra hour each day affords you time to sleep in, work out, meditate, prepare a healthy meal, or spend more time with your family. This can reduce stress and benefit your cardiovascular health.
One of the best benefits of not commuting is the positive impact this has had on the environment. Less fuel consumption and emissions may help to reduce the effects of global warming.
Working from home is a great way to put a little money away for the future. It is estimated that remote workers can save approximately $4,000 per year. Employers can also save money.
Remote employees aren’t spending as much on gas or other forms of transportation. They also aren’t buying lunch or spending a lot on business attire.
Businesses can lower utility costs and other overhead expenses related to physical addresses.
Improved Diversity and Inclusivity
During COVID-19, many people relocated from urban environments to smaller towns and the suburbs. This is because it became so easy to work from just about anywhere. A definite benefit of this has been the ability for employers to hire people from a larger pool of workers.
Companies have been able to embrace diversity and inclusivity by hiring people from a broader and varied demographic. This includes those of differing cultural, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. This is especially beneficial for persons with disabilities or other challenges that make it hard to work onsite.
While the recent pandemic certainly reimagined how we work, it has been an eye-opener for businesses and employees. We have discovered that it is possible to work remotely and still be efficient and productive.