When employees carry out their duties, away from office it is referred to as remote working. These days, this kind of a trend is on the rise and gradually Indian employers are also opening up to the idea of offering remote working opportunities to its employees.
With a huge upsurge in globalisation, corporate organisations in India are also opening up to the ideas of offering its employees the privilege of remote working opportunities.
What do researches reveal about remote working?
In a research conducted on remote working by HR service provider Randstad India, 53 per cent of Indians said that they prefer telecommuting, while 47 per cent prefer to work from office every day.
Surprisingly, almost equivalent numbers of male (52 percent) and females (54 percent) mentioned that they would highly prefer remote working opportunities that onsite working and this preference was much higher among professionals aged 45 and above.
Ipsos, a global research company also conducted a survey in this regard and found out that nearly 57% of employees in India prefer work from home or actively seek remote working opportunities.
In the words of Biswarup Banerjee, Head of Marketing Communication, Ipsos in India, “With increasing traffic, abysmal road network and poor public transport system in most of the large metropolitan cities in India, employees are increasingly opting to telecommute; thanks to the availability of mobile computing devices to save time and energy and devote more time to actual work”.
With digitization foraying into every corner of our lives, communication has become just a click away. The world of employment and recruitment is no exception and professionals are also reaping the benefits of the same.
Remote working opportunities—How companies can benefit?
On the other hand, employers must also understand that if they embrace the option of remote working opportunities, chances are that, they will benefit from the same considerably. But, how will the practice of remote working opportunities benefit employers? Here’s a look:
#1. Happier employees along with increased productivity
It has been noted that when an employer offers remote working opportunities, employees turn out to be happier. This is mostly due to the sense of freedom and responsibility that they have in a remote working set up. A happy employee is usually satisfied with his work and therefore tends to be more productive; and happier employees definitely ensure more productivity. In a remote work setting, employees feel more satisfied and less micro-managed, and this is precisely the reason why they turn out to be more productive.
#2. Remote workers cost you less
Hiring remote workers can actually cost a company much less than thought of. Experts are of the opinion that, encouraging different ways of working and especially remote working, allows companies to reduce their rent and property costs; it also enables in curtailing ergonomics costs.
#3. Absenteeism can actually be good
Absenteeism in the remote workplace scenario is not the one we actually think it to be. Absenteeism in a remote workplace refers to the concept of being “physically absent” from a particular domicile, but available for working. This refers to the ‘remote from office’ absenteeism. The ability to work remotely or by being “physically absent” at times works as a good motivation for employees by instilling a sense of responsibility and rendering them more productive.
#4. Reduced turnover
Offering remote working opportunities, easily implies that employees have more freedom and this definitely makes them happy. Surprisingly, it has been noted that when employees have the freedom to work on their own, productivity naturally goes up and turnover rates are substantially reduced. The ‘flexibility’ factor works in favor of the employees and this leads to them being not only happy but also continue to work for a longer period of time, for such an organization.
#5. More engaged employees
Engaging employees is a challenging task that most organisations have to face these days. However, if an employer offers remote work opportunity, chances are that he or she will have more engaged employees.
It has been proved that employees, when given the opportunity to work remotely, tend to be more engaged. This is because, by virtue of the geographical differences, employees tend to feel more responsible and it is this sense of responsibility that makes them more engaged at the workplace.
Needless to say that when employees are more engaged, employers will benefit in the long run.
The remote work revolution has been rumbling across several industries now and numerous companies are not only opening up to the idea of offering remote working opportunities, but also leveraging the benefits of the same. So, if you are an employer or a head HR in an organisation, and thinking about revamping strategies, you may consider the idea of remote working opportunities.