Hopefully, by now, you are learning that there are actually a lot of benefits to having remote employees. Some of you may even be surprised to learn how much more effective your team is when they are not being forced to come into the office every day.
If you’re still on the fence about remote work, and you are insisting that all your employees will return to office work full time once the pandemic has passed, here are three big reasons why you might want to either allow remote workers or plan for a hybrid of remote and in house employees.
1. Stress control
No matter how many breaks you take in the office, you are still in the office.
You could be the most generous manager in the world. You could offer a stocked break room, free coffee, a pool table, and couches for employees to take naps. And no doubt, you would be providing a lot of benefits to your workers.
But it’s not the same as being home.
Anyone who is in the office can attest to the fact that there is no way to relax at an office as well as you do at home. Yes, there are plenty of things to manage and handle that are stressful at home.
But as a remote worker, you have stronger control over your breaks, how long to take, and the environment in which you take them. If you need to take 15 minutes, would you rather sit on a folding chair in the break room, or lie down on your bed and close your eyes? If you need a snack, would you prefer to put change in the vending machine, or would you prefer to open up your fridge and take out a nice meal?
I think the answer is pretty clear. Many workers experience a lot of overload and anxiety when they work in the office. By giving your employees the freedom to choose their own environment in which to work, you give them the ability to manage their stress much more effectively.
There is an assumption among many people that employees who work from home are lazier. It seems like they think work-from-home employees will lie on the couch all day watching TV and browsing Facebook.
However, if an employee takes their job seriously, you might find that they will be more disciplined when they are working from home. By having more control over your schedule, you are able to design your day around the times when you feel most disciplined and most focused.
This goes along with the ability to manage stress and take breaks. As long as your team is measured by the value that they bring to the table, you don’t have to analyze every minute that they spend. Because they have this freedom, remote employees are able to establish more disciplined hours, and do it in a more healthy way.
There’s something to be said for a change in scenery. Every remote worker understands this.
When you work in the office every day, you are dealing with the same scenery all the time. It can wear you down. Wanting to change scenery can be a real challenge.
But when you work remotely, changing your scenery is as simple as packing up your laptop and going down to the coffee shop. Or some workers might find that they can take trips more often because they have the freedom to work wherever there is a Wi-Fi connection.
Remote workers have the ability to freshen their surroundings on a regular basis, whenever they need to. This is another benefit to their mental health, and it benefits the company as well.
Just because your employees are remote does not mean that they don’t need to be engaged. With COGZ Recognition Rewards, you can engage your remote workers just as effectively as you can your in-house employees.