There has been a huge increase in the number of employees working from home. And this figure is sure to rise even more as we further move into 2020. Employees nowadays are favoring flexible work schedules and a better work-life balance.
The younger generation doesn’t want to be tied down to a desk and do a 9-5 job. They want an open working environment where they can grow and implement innovative ideas.
The benefits of working from home are substantial for both employees and employers, and we are here to talk about this topic only. In this article, I am going to tell you about seven benefits of implementing work from home.
Believe it or not, employees who work from home have productivity of 7.7/10 as compared to 6.5/10 productivity of employees working from the office.
When we dig deep into these stats and ask employees why? Most people had the same answer. They said, unlike the office, they were not distracted by the loud noises or by the activities of different people while working from home. They also said that home environments also gave them peace of mind, and they could better focus on the task on hand.
Thus trusting your employees, and allowing them to work from home, will increase productivity by a huge margin.
You can also use Employee Monitoring Software to track the productivity of the employees working remotely. Software like EmpMonitor, Hubstaff, Time Doctor, etc.
Here’s how you can track the productivity of your employees using EmpMonitor:
1. Log in to EmpMonitor account. You’ll be shown the dashboard –
You’ll see an overview of the productivity done by your team with the total number of employees working for you. It also shows who is present or online currently and who isn’t.
2. Now, to see the productivity of a particular employee, go to Employee Details.
3. For viewing the detailed report of an employee, click on the button shown below –
4. As you click on that button, you’ll be redirected to a new page –
Here you’ll be shown all the activities done by a particular employee. You can see the screen captures, top apps used, top websites visited, and much more.
Using these steps, you can track the productivity of your employees, whether they are working from home or the office.
2. Employee Retention
Employee retention is a big concern in small organizations as they are not able to provide salary and facilities that big MNCs can provide. And this is the reason why most employees leave small companies or organizations.
Here work from home facilities will give employees freedom and flexibility. It will be great for the employees who are parents with childcare responsibilities as they can do both easily by working from home.
3. No Commuting
Commuting takes a lot of time. In a metro city where the population is dense, traveling could be very time consuming and tiring. And by the time the employee reaches office, he/she is somewhat tired; this affects productivity.
Working from home gets rid of this, and it gives employees more time with their families. It also diminishes the traveling cost, which a person can better spend on the things he/she loves. This results in a happier and motivated workforce.
4. Better Use Of Technology
Advancement in technology has made many things easier in our day to day life, including work from home. The cloud storage, VoIP calls, messaging apps, etc. have made it possible for people to take their work with them.
This little advancement in tech has made the remote workforce possible. Today’s young generation is using these technologies to work according to their preference.
You can also use these technological advancements and track your employee’s productivity even if they are working from home or from any other remote location. You can deploy an employee monitoring software like the one we discussed above and manage overall productivity.
5. Lower Cost
Establishing an office with necessary equipment like desks, chairs, desktops, etc. are costly. You can reduce this by giving employees working from home an opportunity.
I am not saying that you should get rid of an office altogether, but allowing few employees to work from home will help you save office space and money. As employees working from home won’t need a system, they have their own. Overall it will reduce the cost of maintaining an office by a huge margin.
6. Autonomous Employees
Employees don’t like to be bonded; they thrive better in an open working environment. Some people like to work in a clean environment; some like to work clumsily, on a bed or a couch.
Working from home gives the employees the opportunity that they work in his/her most comfortable environment and perform best. Of Course, you will have to establish rules, which will help you maintain discipline and ensure regular workflow.
7. More Recruits
By implementing work from home policy in your organization, you can easily hire people from other countries too. As there are no boundaries, a person can work from anywhere.
People who have recently graduated from college (Freshers) would be looking for a flexible working environment; you can target them also. Younger generations are more interested in such an environment; they are very less likely to accept a job from an office with fixed working hours.
Summing It Up
The benefits of working from home are for both employees and employers. We all can take the help of technology and can work from home, reducing both air and noise pollution.
In the last few months, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, work from home has been implemented by many organizations, both big and small, which has reduced air pollution on earth by 35-50%.
If half of this can be implemented on a daily basis, we could make a difference. As I said before, work from home benefits in more than one way.
That’s all from me see you guys next time.