This is good news. After several decades of hesitation, it’s coming. Increasingly widespread today, about a third of office workers work one (or more) day(s) on remote. And enthusiasm is not limited to the millennials generation, the interest is inter-generational and involves many activities, not only tech companies.
Whatever the model chosen for remote work, the evolution is launched. But, behind the scenes, it seems long for a concept that brings its share of benefits. This appears to have been democratized in the discussions, but in practice, companies that set up remote work are still acting as precursors.
With these decades of “testing”, a lot of learning has been done allowing to draw a pretty nice picture of remote work. It brings many benefits, for both the organization and team members, that let us think it should spread at a quicker rate.
- Employee well-being: improves the balance between work and personal life by providing more flexibility in the organization of the day.
- Stress reduction: by eliminating commuting time between home and office, which is a major stress factor.
- Quality of the work environment: improves the quality of the work done by reducing external disturbances and offering longer time of concentration.
- Talent management: remote work helps to improve employee retention, reduce absenteeism and improve the company’s attractiveness.
- Ecological impact: this is not a direct benefit for the company but for all of us. Fewer commutes means less traffic, less congestion, less pollution.