Working from home, Working Remotely: they all essentially mean the same thing (working somewhere other than in an office). And this form of work is growing. The Atlantic reported that there are now more than 34 million people who work from home occasionally. A new study by the software company Wrike, meanwhile, shows that 83% of employees work remotely at least part of the day. Presumably, reading and answering e-mails while commuting, or perhaps just before bedtime, counts, as it should.
Is heading to the office necessary anymore? According to a Cisco study, 70% of college students and young professionals say no. Increasingly, and perhaps surprisingly, employers seem to agree. Studies show that 45% of the U.S. workforce now has a job that’s suitable for full-time or part-time telecommuting. But even as working from home becomes more acceptable and the rigid command and control office model seems outdated, remote workers remain worried that they may be viewed as slackers, and that the lack of “face time” with the boss can hurt their careers.
What is Remote Working?
A remote work means someone who works outside of a traditional office. An employee might work from home, from a coffee shop, or from anywhere that is not a regular office; although depending on the type of job they do, they might find themselves going into an office on occasion (if the company’s hub is geographically close to them). A company might have a team of remote workers (i.e., a remote workforce) or a mix of both office workers and remote workers. So if you state that you’re looking for a remote work in a job description, job seekers will assume that this is not an office job.
Advances in video conferencing, social media and other technologies, the increased need in the modern-day business world to be on the job 24/7 and forward-thinking workplace-flexibility programs have given rise to a new era of the remote work.
Businesses are embracing remote workers because the absence of a traditional office environment and hours can increase efficiency and make employees more productive than ever. Workplace flexibility also makes for happier employees. In the Wrike study mentioned above, 78% of those surveyed said they would forgo free food in order to be allowed to work remotely. According to the Cisco survey, 6 in 10 college students and young professionals said they feel like they have the right to work remotely on a flexible schedule.
Benefits of Remote Work
1) You will be more productive than office workers
Think about it. You get to wear clothes you feel comfortable in, sit (or slouch) in a way that makes you feel creative, and play obnoxious music you love. Put it bluntly, working from home equals the dream working environment, so it’s not surprising homeworkers rank their productivity as 7.7/10, compared with 6.5/10 for office workers,according to a Canada Life survey.
2) You can work with friends
We all say we like the people we work with but secretly we’d love to work with our friends. Remote work means you can do that, whether you’ve got a video link with your bestie in the corner of your screen sharing the plight of meeting a deadline, or you sign up to a remote working space together and brainstorm with coffee.
3) Remote work can boost morale
Sitting under bright lights in an office all day is the number one way to ramp up stress levels. Studies found lower stress levels among remote workers, which means a reduction in the chance of heart attacks and strokes.
4) You can wear what you like
If wearing a suit in your kitchen makes you feel like a kick-ass boss, then go for it. If, however, you love being able to brew a cuppa and curl up in an armchair with your laptop then that is exactly what you can do.
5) You have time to exercise
Working out in an office is basically climbing the stairs when the escalator’s broken. Remote workers know there’s always time for a sneaky bike-ride to clear their head, or a jog around the block to drum up some creative thinking.
This is why Fuzzy Cloud support remote work and if you like it then join us!
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