Why should work from home still be an option post-2021?
By: Pawan
Published On: October 19, 2021

Most of us have started to wonder what it would be like to continue working from home on a regular basis? With the pandemic forcing companies and businesses to switch over to this very system, many people have now got a taste of what remote working and learning is like. Now, with more people being vaccinated, onsite workplaces have begun opening up. But here are some reasons why remote working has proven to be a viable option for companies and their employees.

 

Increased Productivity

People have shown greater productivity while working from home. Almost 77% of workers feel they have been more productive during this time. This has been attributed to the ability to take breaks and have a say in their schedules and working environment. The additional aspect of reduced distractions from other people and workplace banter has also played a hand in this.

 

Saved Time

Remote working has led to many people being able to save a lot of time from their usual commute to and from the workplace, with an average employee saving 8.5 hours per week. Workers have found a reduction in time used in getting to meetings with clients as well, with meetings now happening via video conferences from wherever they may be. Now, with the saved time they are free to upskill or learn new skills, as well as work on personal hobbies.

 

No Geographical Constraints

Work from home has eliminated the requirement of all the employees having to be from the same place as the workplace. This has allowed people to relocate to where they may want or need to be while being able to work. It has also given people the freedom to travel. It has opened up the pool of prospective employees as well as clients and has made employers warm up to the concept of working from home.

 

Reduced Stress

Some people have noticed that work from home has helped reduce their stress and anxiety levels. The ability to take short breaks whenever necessary without constant observation and being in the comfort of one’s own home are some ways this has been possible and the number of external factors that may make someone feel overwhelmed and anxious has reduced.

 

Increased Collaboration Opportunity

Thanks to virtual solution platforms, it made it easier for the employees to conduct monthly meetings/conferences, train employees, conduct webinars/workshops and collaborate with various teams on a particular project from anywhere at any time across the geographic location. It helps to build a strong rapport amongst co-workers from different locations & different fields and also provides accurate analytics reports for the enterprise to analyze their employee’s productivity. Hence, it is a win-win situation for employees and the organization.

 

Money Savings

As indicated by Global Workplace Analytics, an average organization can save around ₹ 8,25,000 each year for each representative who telecommutes in some measure a portion of the time. Gas, vehicle support, transportation, parking expenses, expert closet, snacks purchased out, and more would all be able to be diminished or disposed of from your spending totally. These investment funds add up and set more cashback into your pocket. What’s more, the reserve funds aren’t only for representatives, by the same token. As an ever-increasing number of organizations permit employees to keep telecommuting post-pandemic—like Twitter, Square, Shopify, and Facebook, to give some examples—they’ll likewise see critical long haul cost reserve funds.

 

Positive Environmental Impact

The 3.9 million employees who work from home for at least half the time before the pandemic decreased ozone-depleting substance outflows by what could be compared to taking in excess of 600,000 vehicles off the street for a whole year. A colossal number of 7.8 billion vehicle miles aren’t traveled every year for the employees who have a part-time job from home, 3 million tons of ozone-depleting substances (GHG) are being obviated. What’s more, by settling on environmentally friendly decisions—like choosing to utilize less paper and checking their cooling, warming, and lighting—telecommuters conceivably affect air quality by establishing a whole thicket of 91 million trees.

Many companies around the world like Twitter and Google have now decided to continue with work from home even after the pandemic is no longer a threat. Even more have decided to adapt to hybrid workspaces, where employees will be able to sometimes work from home, and sometimes work on office premises. The pandemic has reduced the initial distrust in the work from home system and has created a more open-minded outlook to it.

 

 

Pawan

Founder & Director, COACT

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