Remote work is a strategy that companies have implemented because of how it benefits both employees and the organisation through non-monetary staff incentives. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs explains that the fulfillment of basic needs is at the forefront of motivation for people, and many of these basic needs can be fulfilled when we have the income to secure them.
While money can’t buy more time with our loved ones, having the option for flexible hours allows us to use our time more meaningfully to appease this complex need.
Office employees spend an average of seven hours sitting down, which is quite alarming, to say the least. Pain Free Working’s article on the risks of working a full-time desk job further stresses its negative effects, suggesting that workers who sit at their desks for prolonged periods are more likely to have shorter lifespans. Remote work may just be the solution to this problem, and introducing such a setup can be made seamless through the help of technology and other online tools.
Here are five reasons why you should consider allowing staff members to work remotely:
Strengthening employee retention
Employees who have the option to work remotely are much happier, more loyal, and willing to work overtime as reported by Staples Advantage. This work-life balance restores their motivation and job satisfaction, especially knowing that their company cares about them outside of the office.
The CEO of one of South Africa’s coworking operators The Workspace, Mari Schourie, says that millennials who are entering management positions need the mobility and flexibility of remote work as they believe it will allow them to work more efficiently, boost their productivity, and foster greater innovation.
Remote work is sure to appease an organisation’s priority of minimising costs by the millions, especially in terms of operations. The company saves by not having to spend on supplies, equipment, and other maintenance or janitorial services. Employees may even be willing to accept payroll cuts if given the option to work remotely.
Lessening sick days
Millions of workdays are lost annually due to absenteeism, which can result in grave losses to the company. One of the benefits of working remotely is that those who are ill are less stressed about getting to work and can focus on getting well before checking in on their tasks later on. This also minimises the risk of diseases spreading in the office.
Prolonging life spans
South Africa has one of the lowest life expectancies in the world, but it’s set to increase in the coming years. Keeping older generations in the workforce may mean helping them manage their retirement savings while boosting their morale. Remote work allows them to gain sufficient income in a way that’s convenient for them. They can make time for their loved ones and even prioritise their health by going to checkups.
Amanda Coon is a consultant based in London, UK, who is interested in all things business and technology.