Recently over the years, organizations are increasingly subscribing to the flexibility of allowing employees to work from home or remote working. However, some employers remain divided about the benefits or downsides of allowing this practice in their organizations. Now, a study has shown that companies stand to benefit from allowing their employees to work remotely.
The videoconferencing company Owl Labs in its survey with 1,200 workers in the United States found that remote workers are happier and stay with their organizations longer than those who worked on-site. Remote workers reported 91% better work-life balance and were 22% more content in their job. Not just that, remote workers are also found to be more loyal and are 13% more likely to stay in their current job as compared to on-site workers. A surprising benefit was that remote workers work longer hours more often than their on-site compatriots, with 43% stating they work more than 40 hours per week.
While the study has shown the many benefits of remote working, it is undeniable that employers still have concerns with this practice, and not all are up for it. Concerns such as worker reliability, difficulty in maintaining oversight, and potentially allowing workers too much freedom are just a few of them. Hence, there are still hindrances and complications for employers to embrace remote working for their employees despite the benefits. The future of work will be an interesting space to watch as organizations have to make an important choice in allowing their employees the option to work remotely.