Home working, remote working, flexible working, and co-working options
When it comes to home working, remote working, flexible working, and co-working options it is interesting to review the commuter numbers for both workers and students that totaled almost 3 million in the last census of the Irish population carried out by the Central Statistics Office in 2016.
Over 1.88 million workers indicated they traveled/commuted to work. When it comes to home working there were 94,955 persons who stated they worked ‘mainly at or from home’ which represented a 14% increase on the previous census findings.
These finding will be no doubt be greatly increased in the area of home working and flexible working options when the next population census is conducted.
In the UK over 4.6 million workers are already working remotely and it is envisaged that home working, remote working, flexible working, and co-working options for Ireland and the UK are growing at an increased pace. Some reports have predicted that UK remote working could be as high as 50% by 2020.
We spend a lot of time working and according to Google, we invest over 1843 hours working per year. We will be working for over 92,120 hours during our lifetime. That is more than 10+ years of our lives actually working!
The week typically starts with a commute for most people, this can involve public transport, a city bicycle scheme, a walk to the office or in a lot of cases a drive to work stuck in traffic that seems to always be a little worse when you are running a little late?
Flexible working is a hot topic, but in practice, it should be even more advanced than it is today. Companies that focus on results and project completions are seeing better results than some clock watching, clocking in and clocking out style businesses.
There are a lot of benefits to progressing your home working, remote working, flexible working, and co-working options.
Be more productive
People who work from home or a remote location can be more focused and more productive. They are also less distracted which can lead to productivity gains which certainly helps people to accomplish more.
Reduce the number of sick days
Home working surveys have found that home workers actually take fewer days off sick than those based in an office. With workplace stress on the increase, greater options that can be of benefit to employees are required.
If your employees are engaged in home working, remote working or flexible working it can assist to deliver a much-improved work-life balance and a better balance in this area can positively contribute to employees becoming less likely to be ill and away from work.
Increase employee retention
A large number of employees are happier when they work from home – which leads to greater retention of staff.
Employees who have experienced home working or remote working will be much less likely to leave for a company that doesn’t offer these flexible working options. Flexibility is rated very highly for all employees across multiple age groups.
Technology can increase efficiency
How much more productive would you be without the requirement for the daily commute week in and week out? Millennials and digital natives can expect to use and benefit from the flexible working options that technology now provides.
Technology can ultimately assist people across all stages of their work career to work whenever and wherever they choose.
This efficiency is a true benefit to companies who can harness the benefits of home working, remote working, flexible working and co-working options.
Increase the talent pool
If you are in a position to offer solutions in the area of home working, remote working, flexible working, and co-working then a company is in a much stronger position to offer employment and positions to a far greater talent pool of available candidates.
If you have employees who work from home or have options to more flexible working, you can really focus on hiring the very best talent almost regarless of their location.
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