Is your company ready for remote work? With all the conflicting information out there, it can be hard to decide whether or not to take the plunge. You may be worried about productivity, company culture, or even just the raw cost of shifting to a work-from-home model. But we’re here to set your mind at ease! As a remote company ourselves, we have seen the benefits for our employees and overall business. That’s why we’re here to bust 4 of the most popular myths about remote work.
Myth #1: Most Employees Prefer In-Person To Remote Work.
At the beginning of the pandemic, many companies expressed excitement about reopening their offices. To these employers, remote work was simply a temporary precaution that everyone would be happy to put behind them. But according to the most recent data from Gallup, remote work is here to stay. Nine out of 10 workers in the U.S. who work remotely at least some of the time want to continue that arrangement after the pandemic, and just 6% of workers surveyed said their ideal was to be fully on-site. This indicates a clear preference among job-seekers for remote work — and by extension, remote companies. Opening remote roles at your business will help attract more qualified candidates and could be just the edge you need to compete successfully in the labor market.
Myth #2: Remote Workers Are Less Productive.
A lot of employers worry that if they allow their staff the flexibility to work from home, overall productivity will suffer. But according to recent data collected by Harvard Business Review, remote workers are more productive in several noteworthy categories. They spend 12% less time in meetings and 9% more time interacting with customers than in-office workers. They also do 50% more activities through personal choice and half as many because someone else asked them to. Among remote workers, the number of tasks rated as tiresome dropped from 27% to 12%. That means that remote workers spend more time doing worthwhile work and interacting with customers — and they’re happier doing it. That’s pretty great news if you’re looking to increase overall productivity in your business.
Myth #3: Shifting To Remote Work Is Expensive.
While remote companies invest more money in online software and cloud space, they actually save money when it comes to costs like office rent, electricity, and other expenses associated with running a physical office. Before the pandemic, employers saved an average of $11,000 per half-time remote employee. That means that employers can save up to $22,000 per year per remote employee, which is a real bargain.
Myth #4: Remote Companies Don’t Have Good Company Cultures.
It’s easy to assume that if your staff isn’t mingling on a regular basis, they won’t form strong relationships with each other. But that’s not true! There are lots of companies like Buffer and Slack that offer remote work opportunities and still have strong company cultures. So, while it may be true that building a company culture is more difficult if your employees aren’t in the same office, it can still be done. It’s all about making sure to prioritize time for your employees to get to know each other.
As a remote-work company, Newsletter Pro has been able to make great improvements to our business. We have been able to attract better, more diverse talent, maintain our company culture, and increase overall productivity. If you’re looking to make the shift to remote work, we highly recommend it.