A huge number of companies, from giant technology firms to small marketing agencies, shifted working from a physical office to a virtual office, also known as work from home, remote work, or distributed offices.
COVID-19 was not the main reason for most of these businesses but something else more irrefutable and compelling.
Here are the 15 top reasons why companies have resorted to work from home (WFH) and all of them pointing to the same core considerations – it is highly practical and immensely beneficial to both the employees and employers.
#1 It leads to better quality of life, better work-life balance, and happier as well as healthier employees.
#2 Team is more productive and exhibits better teamwork.
#3 Results in lower infrastructure costs and savings in office overhead expenses.
#4 Brings on higher job satisfaction, higher employee morale, and better employee retention.
#5 Creates amazing corporate culture where people take responsibility and ownership to do the right thing and be productive.
#6 Brings about flexibility by allowing people to work the hours that are most effective for them and to deliver their best work.
#7 Enables hiring the best talents from across the country and the globe for the best fit for specific roles at hand such as hiring technical people with needed skills from different countries to hasten project development cycles. Collaborating with team members from different geographical locations and cultures brings about the benefits of diversity and variety. Remote workers provide a wider range of experiences and different viewpoints that help find new solutions that would not be possible if everyone is coming from the same background.
#8 Offers a sense of freedom and sense of trust.
#9 Makes people more hard-working, creative, passionate, and loyal.
#10 Saves time, energy, and money by avoiding long commutes and not spending on gas, meals, and office attires/dress codes.
#11 Staggers team members’ work hours so clients can have maximum support by matching resources with clients’ time zones for a higher-level customer service experience.
#12 Allows employees to work from wherever they choose in an environment and location that is most conducive to them like home, coffee shop, or the beach and to make work/life choices that align best with their lifestyles and personal goals
#13 No monitoring of working hours and simply focused on results and productivity.
#14 Contributes to good workflow as workers do not have to deal with the same amount and frequency of distractions in a physical office.
#15 It is very liberating as it no longer matters where you live. You find the best talents; they find the best jobs.
Many businesses who have adapted to the WFH, remote, or distributed work model say this is how the future of work will look. This will be the new normal a few more years from now.
There are challenges; yes, and these are still being figured out like the suitability of some workers for this kind of work arrangement. But for now, most find it fun. Some find it a privilege to be part of this innovation and experimentation, but they are more than willing to share their learnings.
I have been part of this global experience in my six years of working remotely for companies in different parts of the world. I have enjoyed providing content and digital marketing services in a WFH set-up.