New laws on flexible working now require most businesses to consider requests for alternative hours and locations from employees. However, while some organisations have been resistant, those embracing opportunities to allow employees to work from home have seen a rise in productivity as a result. So, could allowing your employees to work from home boost performance in your business overall?
Working hours aligned with lifestyle produce better results
When it comes to morale and job satisfaction, employees who are able to create space for what is important tend to be more productive. Allowing employees the flexibility to work around the responsibilities of children, caring schedules, travel or other activities or ambitions can positively impact performance. Chinese travel company Ctip, for example, found that allowing its employees this flexibility increased productivity by 13% with 10% of staff putting in longer hours than they would if they had been in the office.
Flexible working allows for optimal hour distribution
Employees working from home have options in terms of what suits them best when it comes to working hours. The positive impact on productivity is generated when staff are able to make use of the hours during which they are the most productive. While some staff do their most productive work between 9 – 5, for others it is 12 -8 and some may be at their most productive when everyone else is asleep. Employees working from home can optimise effort by working during their most productive hours.
Out of the office employees can be more focused
A survey of American remote workers in 2016 found that 91% felt they were more productive when working at home. The traditional thinking identifies the office as the most productive environment where staff can be monitored and motivated in one place. In fact, staff working at home are often twice as conscious of the need to perform to justify home working and so tend to be more dedicated. In addition, there are distractions because they are at home alone.
There is no commute
Employees working from home do not commute, generating 2+ hours a day that might have been spent sitting in traffic or on public transport for something else instead. Per week this could free up 14 hours and, per month, 56 extra hours.
Flexible working ensures staff are always sharing
Once employees are set up for working from home then only a Wi-Fi connection is necessary for the same access as from a desktop in the office. So, communication channels within teams are open 24/7 and not just limited to when staff are at work. This tends to encourage more communication, sharing and collaboration across projects.
The right infrastructure hosting means no compromises
For businesses concerned about the security implications of staff working flexibly, or issues of access or speed, the right infrastructure hosting ensures a high quality service. Private hosting, for example, tailors the service to the business need, providing security across a range of devices and allowing access at any of the times that are likely to be the most productive for staff.
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