Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the workforce has seen major shifts. In today’s new work-from-home normal, chances are, your morning routine now consists of rolling out of bed, walking a few feet to your kitchen, and turning on your laptop to start your workday.
Pre-COVID, working from home was seen as a major plus by candidates and employees everywhere. Remotely working was a benefit that not all employers offered, yet many employees desired. There are many benefits from working remotely — no more long commutes, business-casual attire, or office small talk. However, not all employers were so willing to employ remote working as part of their business’ culture.
With remote work on the rise due to unforeseen circumstances, many business leaders have begun to see the benefits of working remotely. In fact, since the outbreak of the pandemic, working from home has been steadily increasing and is slowly becoming more widely accepted.
Both full-time workers and contractors benefit from remote work
With the majority of employees working remotely, attitudes regarding remote work have mostly changed for the better. With on-demand and contingent workers — including freelancers, contractors, consultants, the self-employed, and anyone else in the gig economy — making up the fastest-growing share of the workforce, it is no surprise that untraditional workspace arrangements have become the new norm.
Nowadays, the notion of simply getting the work done is gaining more precedence over where that work is completed. More employers now realize that many jobs can be completed from home — a concept that was not always accepted before.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, remote work spiked as offices emptied, and employees moved their offices to home. With no option but to allow employees to work from home due to stay-at-home orders, many business leaders have found that working from home can still make business operations feasible.
Work-from-home benefits for employers and employees
From cost savings to work-life balance, both employers and employees have been discovering a lot of benefits that come with working from home.
For instance, working from home allows companies to prioritize diversity and inclusion, which is something that many business leaders regard as a strong asset to their workforce. With no set location, employers are now able to diversify their workforce by tapping into talent all around the world. Organizations can also be more inclusive than ever before, as people with certain disabilities or chronic illnesses can work easily in a remote setting.
In addition, enabling employees to work from home eliminates the need for a physical office location. As a result, companies are saving an average of $10,000 per remote worker every year on workspace-related expenses.
The flexibility that comes with working from home also creates better morale among employees and increases employee engagement. Working from home has also increased productivity by a long shot. In fact, many employees report being more productive at home than in the office — this a plus for both employers and employees as more work is completed consistently.
What does this mean for me?
As we have seen through COVID-19, exploring the benefits of remote operations can have positive outcomes for both employees and employers. If there is anything we have learned, it is that working from home is something worth implementing as the workforce continues to evolve.
Here at Infinity Consulting Solutions (ICS), we have been adjusting to living in this new world of working remotely. We understand the challenges that both employees and employers may face when adapting to this new normal. Even if we are not officially in the office, we are still here, remotely working to help employers and candidates find each other and thrive through these tough and unprecedented times.