Today, working from home has very much become the ‘norm,' with employers all across the country allowing their employees to work flexibly in their own space. While we know the benefits for employees including reduced commuting costs, what advantages does working from home offer managers?
Well, one huge benefit is an improvement in productivity.
In this article, we will be taking a look at three reasons why productivity is improved in a home office environment.
While you may think that working from home would bring about more distractions, this is not necessarily true. For those of you who currently work or have worked in offices, you will understand how distracting they can sometimes be, even when the roar of chit chat settles. By working from home, employees can diminish these distractions by working in a peaceful environment.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that distractions are going just to disappear. We are all faced with distractions on a daily basis, but it is all about learning to deal with them. Working from home can teach us how to manage the distractions we face while having a quiet place to get on with our tasks.
So, how does this benefit employers? Well, with fewer distractions, it is more likely that they will see an increase in completed work and quality of work too. With more getting done to an improved standard, it will benefit the business massively.
Whether you have an office that is rarely used, or you allow all of your employees to work from home all the time, you can save money on office essentials; yes that’s right! As employees have the freedom to kit out their home office with a desk and the technology of their choice, it can feel a little lighter on your pockets. Other costs like electricity bills for the entire office, and air-con can also build up; allowing your employees to work from home all the time or on a regular basis helps to reduce these expenses significantly.
In turn meaning that you will have more money to spend on other company resources like traditional marketing methods or team building events to bring your team closer.
Though not overly related to productivity, location can be tough for employers who want to bring someone on board that, realistically speaking, lives too far away to commute every day. Allowing employees to work from home can help to solve this issue and allows the company to reach out to other places in the UK or even abroad. This also means that the company can experience growth on a more national scale, gaining knowledge and expertise from a variety of locations.
Additionally, by expanding your recruitment search in this manner, you can employ people with different industry experience and backgrounds, strengths and abilities on a wider scale.
These are just three ways that working from home helps to improve productivity.
Your decision to allow employees to work from home will be influenced by many internal factors. It is important to consider these factors and take into consideration what works best for your workers at this stage in the company.