Why People Want Remote Work Normalized
Working remotely has become normalized over the past decade and with the current pandemic forcing workers to stay home, it is only accelerating. In a recent study, there has been a 91% growth in remote work over the last 10 years, and an astonishing 159% growth over the last 12 years. Remote work is a new normal for several reasons: it has been known to lead to increased productivity for both companies and workers, it reduces stress and increases job satisfaction for employees, and highlighted by the current issues remote work allows for a more comfortable and healthier environment.
Productivity and Efficiency
The quality of your work and how productive you are being is ultimately decided by what actions you decide to take, however many businesses and workers around the world believe that working remotely increases productivity and efficiency. Working at home tends to be more comfortable for most. There are less distractions and interruptions, less stress dealing with daily commute, and no worrying about office politics or interactions. The new work environment is one that you can put the time you usually spend on getting ready and maintaining conversations with peers; and instead put it all towards reducing stress and producing high-quality work. A lot of people are skeptical about productivity and quality of work when there is a lack of supervision by co-workers and supervisors.
In a survey conducted by Airtasker, remote employees averagely work an additional 17 workdays per year. Office employees are actually unproductive for 10 minutes more compared to remote employees. Remote employees tend to take more breaks than their counterparts, however if we consider the extra time they work per day, then their extra break time is very insignificant. It is clear that there are both upsides and downsides when it comes to working from home. If all of this data is taken into consideration, it can be concluded that the pros of working from home outweigh the cons, and that remote work is positively correlated to an increase in productivity and efficiency.
Increasing Job Satisfaction and Reducing Work Stress
The biggest way to increase job satisfaction and reduce stress for employees is to maximize comfortability. For those who are productive and efficient in environments with less distractions, more peace and quiet, and less issues with transportation or office relationships, then working remotely is the most comfortable option. An important reason why working remotely is so comfortable is the amount of flexibility that employees are given. The flexibility of where they work from, how long they work for, how many breaks they want, and the flexibility of how they look. All of these are important factors in lowering exhaustion from work and reducing stress. The better conditions employees have, the better they feel and the happier they are.
Health and Safety
As we see today, Covid-19 is a highly contagious and deadly virus that is changing the way people live their lives and complete their work. There are millions of confirmed cases in the United States alone and millions more across the world. This being said, many employees are worried about having to go to work and potentially getting infected by this dangerous disease. Working remotely has been the normalized way of working now because of how employee safety is at high risk. Remote work ensures that employees are comfortable, and that they are working in a safe and healthy environment and decreases the legal liabilities that companies face if they were to force employees to work from the office.
Working remotely can also help employees with their mental health. Without the high amounts of stress they deal with things like transportation, office mood, and constant supervision. With new opportunities to work with a large amount of flexibility, employees are less exhausted and less stressed, giving them the opportunity to efficiently complete their work.