Remote or virtual working has a lot of benefits for you and your employees, including the following:
- Increased productivity – Remote workers can be just as productive, if not more productive, as those at the office – research suggests they show stronger loyalty and commitment to their employers.
- Expand your staffing options – through virtual working and high speed broadband, you can employ people from around the country, even if you’re only a small business, and you can access skilled workers you might otherwise have missed out on – think of:
- people who are combining work and study,
- highly skilled workers who are considering retirement (the population is aging – don’t miss out on these highly skilled workers who don’t want to come into the office everyday, but still want to work),
- people who might otherwise have to resign due to caring roles, or because family reasons require them to move interstate
- people who live in regional or rural areas, and
- people with a disability or injury that makes traveling and working in the office difficult.
- Save money by cutting down on office space and overheads – some companies have saved as much as 25% of their accommodation costs.
- Improve your employees work/life balance by cutting out their commute – the commuting time and cost saved is akin to a tax free salary increase.
- Reduce unexpected absences when your employees have to care for sick children or family members. With telework, they can work from home so you don’t lose productivity or miss key deadlines.
- Help retain employees by providing a better work/life balance – your employees will have more free time and be less stressed as they don’t need to commute back and forth to the office.
- Strengthen your business’ ability to continue during a crisis or natural disaster – if your employees aren’t able to come into the office, they can still work from home.
- Reduce your carbon footprint and help reduce urban congestion.
- Remote working environments don’t have to be expensive – employees with a computer and internet access can work anywhere.
- Remote working is perfect for situations where employees don’t need to be in the office to do all or part of their job. Think accounting, bookkeeping, writing, sales, data entry, typing or dictation, policy, design, call centre functions and more. It can work amazingly well for other professions too.
Source: Telework 2020, telework.gov.au