Remote work changed from a safety measure to a full on company policy. Before the pandemic struck, few people had envisioned a borderless, virtual workspace, whereas now it is more normal than the “old normality” for most companies.
With Covid still raging after two years of social distancing, remote work is not just a necessity but a new, sought-after, signing benefit.
We listed 5 reasons why remote work is good for you, your company and the world!
1. Remote work promotes healthy lives and well-being
- A CoSo Cloud study proved that 42 to 45% of remote workers eat healthier and sleep better without the obligatory commute.
- PGi revealed that 82% of remote workers report lower stress levels when working from home and also use less sick days than their in-office colleagues.
- An Owl labs statistic found that 77% of respondents agree that after COVID-19, being able to work from home would make them happier
These statistics talk for themselves, still, not everyone favours it and but you might answer back: “less commuting can mean a more sedentary life!” It is a personal choice: everybody can take advantage of the lunch break for a walk or an online yoga session.
Another flip side of the coin could be that working remotely can feel isolation or loneliness. Employees who struggle focusing in a crowded environment, or strive when working alone, then working from home can be their panacea. If not, home office-workers can still join a hybrid modality or engage in daily video chats with their colleagues.
2. Bridges the Gender Gap
Remote work allows everybody to more easily manage house and family chores.
Remote.co, found that remote companies have more women CEOs and founders: 28% compared with the 5.2% of S&P 500 corporations.
It is estimated that 43% of working women quit their jobs when they have children. FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton states: “The flexibility of a virtual workplace eliminates some of the obstacles that tend to throw women off the traditional leadership course and it can empower men and women to take an equal part in raising children.”
Besides, gender-diverse companies are found to outperform other businesses financially by 15%. Firms that offer work flexibility, improve pay disparities, offer child-care options and better parental leaves contribute to finally bridging the gender gap.
3. Fosters diversity, inclusion and economic growth
Medical and mental health issues, a disability or an isolated location can lead people to live below their expectations. Thanks to remote working solutions, they can (re-)access the job market and gain financial stability. Also many members of the LGBTQ+ community feel safer when working online. Remote workers are found to be more productive and loyal, so longevity in their jobs and careers is likely to increase.
In many countries, the digital divide is still a big issue. It is crucial to foster digital literacy in more vulnerable communities so that they could also access this globalized, booming market. In this way they can thrive and get access to better life conditions and career prospects.
Besides, it is highly proven that expanding your talent pool and hiring a diversity of candidates will result in an enormous advantage for your company.
4. Favours sustainability
Remote workers help reduce traffic congestion, greenhouse gases’ emissions and oil costs. Employers can save about $11,000 per remote part-time employee, decreasing also the consumption of paper, plastic and energy.
FlexJobs’ telecommuting report estimated that the result is the equivalent of taking 617,000 cars off the road which would mean planting 91 million trees to offset the same level of emissions.
It is important to note that every year, more than 3.3 million people die of the consequences of bad air quality and 1.35 million people as a result of road traffic crashes. Working from home will help ease these dramatic issues.
5. Brings life back to small communities
Remote work offers people the opportunity to move out of crowded cities and make a fresh start in more rural areas.
This means a considerable decrease in rent expenses, which is advantageous, especially for young adults, who often find themselves unable to purchase homes or start their own families.
It is indeed a mutual benefit: remote workers can improve their quality of life and communities would finally be able to repopulate areas and revitalise local economies. Small towns are in fact making every effort to attract digital workers coming from anywhere, by offering a variety of unprecedented incentives and services.
Summing up, delocalizing the workforce can boost the possibility of cultural exchange and it is a big step towards a healthier, more diverse, gender-equal and sustainable future.
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