An age-old question is whether allowing your staff to work from home is a good idea or not. Some may argue that they fear their staff won’t work as well in a home environment, and some worry that staff members may take advantage of this new found freedom. However, allowing your team to work from home if they wish could bring many benefits to your business, so if you’re still on the fence, check them out!
Think about the money you spend on rent, office supplies, office snacks, utilities and more. With less staff (or none at all) in the office, you’d make a huge saving on all of these bills. IBM has cut around $100 million annually by saving on office snacks alone!
If you’re not ready to have a completely empty office then you could stagger rotas for your team so that they’re in at least one or two days a week. This way you’ll be able to check on their progress and they will be able to ask you any questions or raise any concerns.
When your team aren’t right in front of you in the office, it’s easy to panic about delegating workloads. However, thanks to technology it’s now easier than ever with the use of online spaces such as Trello and Basecamp. You can easily create tasks, send messages, and even set deadlines for your team without having to see them face to face.
If you’ve provided your staff with a company laptop so they can work from home, you won’t have to worry about the struggle of file sharing either. Teach your staff how to Airdrop from Mac to iPhone so that they can transfer data and files to their home computer without a hitch.
When you’re working in a space that you’re comfortable in, you’re naturally going to work harder and more productively, and the same concept applies to those who work from home. Studies show that employees that work from home are 13% more productive than those who have to work in an office, and that’s because they are happier, more relaxed, and can think clearly. Not only that, being able to slightly bend schedules around children and other commitments means that your team will make up hours in their own time too.
We all know how annoying commuting is and if you allow your staff to work from home, they won’t begin their workday stressed out by public transport or the drive into work. Not only that, they’ll save money on fuel and help the environment at the same time!
Being given the chance to work from home shows your team that you trust them to do their jobs. Trust is a huge factor in working relationships and once it’s been given, your staff are more likely to work harder at their jobs – all while being happier at the same time! Imagine being given the freedom to work from home knowing your boss trusts you, and also knowing that you can still take care of personal errands as long as you make up your hours…sounds pretty good right?
Hiring staff members can be difficult, especially if you’re looking for a certain qualification. Allowing staff to work remotely means you can hire more competent members of staff regardless of their location and in turn, your business will thrive. Outsourcing is another method of hiring the best qualified for the job but on a short term basis. So, if you’re looking for short term employment, turn to websites like Fiverr and Upwork to find a freelancer to temporarily join the team!
We’ve all been there. Woken up and felt so exhausted and fed up that we’ve pulled a sicky from work. When you have the ability to work from home and don’t have to face the commute or annoying team members, you’re less likely to pull sick days and therefore your business will benefit from it (not to mention less intervention on your behalf).
Having loyal staff is what every entrepreneur dreams of, and letting your staff have freedom in their work lives will increase their loyalty towards you and your business. So, if you need something completing urgently or you’re looking for staff to do some overtime, you’re more likely to have volunteers than if you didn’t allow remote working for your staff.
As a business, you’re looking for ways to improve your image for your customers, potential investors, and competitors. Allowing remote working shows that you’re dynamic and flexible which are two appealing traits to everyone you want to impress. Who knows, you might find that you’ve got a queue of potential new members of staff to join your ranks!
Finally, there always comes a time where you need to call a meeting between your staff members to raise concerns, congratulate hard workers, and motivate each other. With remote working, you don’t have to waste hours each year in these meetings because you can do all of this in a remote working space such as Slack. Much like Basecamp, you can communicate quickly and clearly with your team and save time for everyone involved!
As you can see, there are a plethora of benefits from allowing your staff to work from home. So what are you waiting for? Begin saving money, welcoming higher productivity, and seeing happier staff today!