In every step of our life, we are surrounded by stereotypes and myths connected to culture, everyday thing and even work. And we will try to dispel one that remote workers are less productive and more distracted. Great percentage of employers believes that it is just too easy for the remote workers to face all sorts of distractions and thus not give the job the time and energy that it deserves. But the research proves otherwise.
So let’s have a look:
- A study by Stanford University revealed that over the past two years appeared an impressive increase in work productivity among people who worked from home. The study of 500 people who worked both remotely and in-house concluded that productivity among home-based workers was equal to a full day’s work each week.
- Another research was conducted by Connect Solutions reported that 77% or two-third of workers who worked remotely were more productive than those who worked from offices and only 30% stated that they accomplished more in less time than when they worked in-house.
- The same Stanford University researchers concluded there was an overall 50% decrease in attrition among home-based workers. So it means that remote workers are less likely to search for new project and employment.
What are the benefits of remote workers?
The stats above provides the benefits of remote workers in case of proper management, but consider these points:
1. Higher retention rates
As it was mentioned previously, 95% of employers surveyed stated that dealing with remote workers increase employee retention rates.
2. It decreases sick days
The federal Centers for Disease Control recommends staying home if you’re sick, so that remote workers are already ahead of the game. Of course, it doesn’t mean that remote workers never caught the cold or something like that, it only means that they are not exposed to germs from a shared office space.
3. It reduces overhead costs
In general embracing, the remote workforce can help employers reduce overhead costs, including real estate and operating expenses. Just imagine, more than $20,000 per years the employers spend on real estate and other expenses, such as food, entertainment, and other expenses.
4. It helps the worker to feel at ease
Many in-house workers stated that their office environments are reducing their ability to concentrate, and moreover, make them constrained. But, for many remote workers home is the quietest place to work without being distracted by other workers, socializing during work hours in office space, etc.
5. More autonomy
Remote workers have more autonomy and control over their day and evenings, even weekends. According to the survey, 86% of workers stated that they reach maximum productivity by working alone. Also, it helps them to find time for their family members and loved ones.
6. Top talent pool
Usually, the remote option is open not only for qualified workers in one country but for workers all around the globe. In other words, the pool of potential candidates is location independent and wider.
Due to the rapid change of the nature of work, the employer should pay attention to this new environment which can help attract top talents.