REMOTE WORKING WORKS
The Office of National Statistics believes that 50% of UK employees will be working remotely by 2020 and this is set to grow even further with more companies embracing cloud based technology and the concept of flexible working.
Before I started working for SYYCO in 2014 I had no idea there were businesses who operated entirely employing remote workers. I was so accepting of the traditional model of having a central office as a base, with the only reason not to be in the office being client meetings, travel and training.
We are a team of Remote Workers at SYYCO.
SYYCO does not have an “office”. The majority of Team SYYCO work from home, or will login from a coffee shop or in Co-Working spaces in their home town or abroad. The team collaborates using cloud technology and call and video conferencing and will meet up with clients, suppliers and as TEAM SYYCO when required. Remote working allows the team to work wherever they are, in a way that works for them. As an Affiliate Management Agency, managing digital affiliate programs across multiple countries, it makes perfect sense.
We have identified 6 elements of Remote Working; R.E.M.O.T.E
In Buffer’s State of Remote Working in 2018 report, Hubstaff CEO Dave Nevogt is quoted; “It’s clear to me that remote employees stay longer, work harder, and offer better ROI over co-located employees.” Plus an employee can remain in their role and still make big life choices such as moving house, moving abroad, a partner changing career or choosing to travel for longer periods. Remote workers also report less stress when working from home, a happy worker will be more productive, enthusiastic and loyal.
Using Cloud storage and collaboration solutions such as Google drive allows the team to access documents, share information and communicate effectively. Communication is critical for effective Remote Working and Video conferencing and chat solutions help enormously. That’s not to say face to face meetings are side-lined. In fact, the lack of social interactions normal in an office can be one of the hardest things to adjust to with Remote Working. So regular team catch ups in town are a must (for work and play!)
Remote Working allows for flexibility. And flexibility regarding working hours is a huge motivator, especially to anyone with dependents and those studying. Thanks to the incredible Anna Whitehouse, of Mother Pukka Instagram fame with her Flex Appeal campaign awareness of the demand for businesses to welcome flexible working is on the up, but there is a long way to go. Deloitte gets it. They decided to ditch the term “flexible” and offer “Agile” working solutions to its staff, giving a much more positive and forward thinking association with this working practice. Remote Working empowers employees to figure out their work/life balance and that is the way it should be. We should be working to live, not living to work.
An office is an expensive overhead. Without renting or buying office space, the need for furniture, equipment and utility costs your business can be more cost effective and savings can be reflected in cost efficiencies for your customers.
There is a wealth of talent out there, especially for people looking for a job to fit around their home life. As a Remote Working employer location becomes irrelevant and you can recruit based on the skills you need and often recruit someone with a wealth of experience looking for more flexibility. According to the Flex Appeal campaign around 30% of the UK’s working population (8.7 million people) wants flexible working but doesn’t have it, however only 6% of advertised jobs with a salary above £20,000 actually offer it.
And last but not least, Remote Working is positive for the Environment. Leaving the commute behind reduces emissions and according to data from Global Workplace Analytics, if everyone in a role that could be feasibly carried out remotely worked from home it would eliminate 119 billion miles of driving each year. Remote workers tend to produce less waste too. Working digitally you tend to use less paper and a home worker is much less likely to grab a takeaway coffee or lunch, reducing plastic and non-recyclable waste.
Maybe the resistance to Remote Working is what’s associated with the word remote; away, distant, faraway. Let’s think more like Deloitte and consider it Agile Working; alert, nimble, sharp and clever. This can be a reality with benefits to both employer and employee. It works for us. #TeamSYYCO #LetsTalkAffiliates
Are you looking for a job working remotely – then try https://weworkremotely.com/ the largest community on the web to find and list remote jobs that aren’t restricted by commutes or a specific location. Or if you need advice on how to approach your employer to discuss flexible working visit https://www.motherpukka.co.uk/flex/