Not having to go into the office every day has so, so many benefits. And they're not just the ones you probably come to mind automatically (working in your pajamas, saving commute time, the list goes on and on). If you're a dedicated worker, your office can be anywhere in the world. And we really mean that. Find out the 3 truest reasons we think that working remotely works.
1. Getting and staying focused is easier than you think.
In your own personal space, or in a personal space that you create for yourself in public, you can really concentrate on the task at hand. Sure, it takes willpower. And it might take a bit of extra willpower as time goes on and you realize just how freeing working remotely can be. But when push comes to shove, if you’re not in the office, you really can focus better, even just on the basis of how your “workplace” is set up.
When you're remote, it's easy to avoid the constant chatter from the co-worker who had a great weekend—or the obligatory coffeepot-talk that inevitably happens when you go up for a refill. Office gossip is also a very, very real thing that becomes completely obsolete when you work remotely. Especially in smaller office settings, there’s a lot of conversation that occurs around things having little to do with the office—or nothing at all to do with it, really. Saving time and energy is easy as pie when you're remote.
2. Meetings become more efficient and even enjoyable.
Sitting in a (generally freezing) conference room isn't fun for anyone. Neither is getting into that conference room and realizing you're basically about to have a conversation via speakerphone. If you work remote, you can get all the benefits of an in-person meeting by using any number of conferencing apps (you’ll be on speakerphone, sure, but at least you can also be in the comfort of your home at the same time!) Many of these applications offer video chat capability, too, which means feeling like you’re all in the same room as your cohorts is now easier than ever. Gone are the days of making photocopy after photocopy, or scouring your email inbox for “the article [fill in the blank] mentioned during the meeting.” It’s easier than ever to share documents and commentary quickly whilst still a part of the conference, and without interrupting anyone. Win-win.
It’s also worth mentioning that because when (most of us) work remotely, we don’t often have long conversations with our coworkers, conference calls and the like suddenly seem fun and effective! Also, remote employees are often more engaged with colleagues and supervisors than standard in-office workers. The technology we have today makes it so easy—if you work remotely, you’ll be looking forward to meetings and discussions with your supervisors, guaranteed.
3. Schedule making…
Not a morning person? Fear not. Working remotely often allows you to create your own schedule. This means that if you work best towards the wee hours of the morning, so be it. If you have to be on a call early in the morning, you could even take it from your bed. That’s right: your bed.
To be fair, if your remote job requires you to be on the phone on conference calls most of the day, then maybe this isn’t so true for you. But for a great number of digital marketers, content developers, advertising agencies, and techies out there, work is mostly about meeting deadlines, and most importantly, creating great stuff. Sounds pretty great, huh?
As someone who has worked both a 9-5 in-office job, as well as from the comfort of my own home, I have to say, the latter, if done right, really does work--and it shows. The myth, as it were, is that work should take place in the office and on a strict 9-5 schedule in order to be effective. This way, separation of the personal and professional life is easy. While that might have worked best in the past, it's simply not the case today. Mixing the professional and personal can actually improve our work and enourage us to enjoy life more. Some of my best ideas have come to me at 12 am when I'm having a hard time getting to sleep. Knowing that I don't necessarily have to be up at the crack of dawn to get into to office means that I feel great about flipping open my computer and hammering out some great work. Not to mention the time and energy saved spent in those early morning and late afternoon traffic jams, and the enormous benefits working remotely has on the environment.
But above all else, perhaps the most important reason to encourage the remote-working lifestyle is this: morale. Lower the stress associated with the workplace, heighten employee morale. It's really that simple. A study conducted by software services company PGI reported that, “80 percent of workers reported higher morale when working from home, while 69 percent reported lower absenteeism.” I mean really, how can you argue with happiness and near perfect attendance? Remote working is about as good as it gets.