The days of the rigid 9-to-5 for office workers are a thing of the past. In this always-on world of 2017, many people work from home or while on the go, particularly executives who travel frequently for business. The proliferation of technology such as Skype allows for professionals to work from almost any location and has led to companies devising formal remote working arrangements. Research shows that 37% of employees today utilize flexible or remote working arrangements, compared to just 9% in 1996.
The provision of flexi-work is often beneficial for both employer and employee. Remote workers report a 7% higher level of happiness than those who work exclusively in the office, while 9 out of 10 remote workers feel that they get more work done than they would if they were confined to an office. Business leaders are embracing this concept more and more, with 1 out of 4 company owners predicting that more than 75% of their staff will be working remotely by 2020.
Employees who work from home generally feel happier because they can get more work done without the stress of rush hour commutes or the distraction of idle chatter within the office. They also feel an increased motivation to work hard because of how accommodating their managers have been. However, working from home might not be the best option for everyone. It takes a high level of self-discipline to concentrate fully on your work when you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck. The lure of going for a walk or watching TV can be all too tempting unless you can focus sufficiently on your job while at home.
This infographic from Ayers Management contains some very interesting statistics about working remotely, along with some sensible tips for employers and employees on how to get the most out of such working arrangements.