If you’re on the fence—still—about whether or not allowing remote work is a good idea for your company, it may be time for a fresh assessment. Beyond the technological advantages, there are a few compelling reasons you may need remote work options that benefit the overall health and efficiency of your organization.
Making a shift in how your company views work-from-home options can catapult your organization from a static position in the global job marketplace to a more forward-thinking posture that both staffers and managers can embrace.
So what’s in it for your company? How can your staffers benefit?
Here are five reasons you need remote work options in your organization:
1. A Global Pool of Job Applicants
If your company’s overarching question is “why go remote,” here’s one hard-to-refute answer: depending on the position, you may be able to draw job applicants from around the globe, no matter where those applicants live.
This is a winning prospect on both sides—for job seekers who face fewer constraints when applying for openings with your company, and for hiring managers who want to attract top-tier candidates.
2. Increased Efficiency and Productivity
Looking to drive up productivity without sacrificing operational efficiency? Then you may need remote work (at least as an option on the table) to help you achieve productivity goals. Workers themselves say they can do more remotely, according to the FlexJobs’ annual Super Survey, which found that only 7 percent of workers say they’re most productive in the office.
Dell, a leader in offering remote work options, has studied the issues facing at-home workers. Take note: their data on the productivity of remote workers versus office workers shows that successful remote work takes discipline and effort on the part of both staffers and remote managers.
3. Happier Workers
While it’s true that pay is a top priority when it comes to keeping workers happy, work flexibility is another biggie, recent research shows. Understanding how remote work can make employees happy is a key ingredient to understanding why your team members and your company need remote work.
4. Healthier Organizations
If you want healthy workers (and what company doesn’t), consider letting team members telecommute. You may find the benefits piling up for both your staffers and your organization, namely reduced stress, less illness, and better work-life integration, particularly for employees who are parents or caregivers.
5. Powerful Benefits for the Environment
Telecommuting’s hidden environmental benefits accrue as companies of all sizes contribute to fewer cars on the road, decreased demand to pay for lighting, heating, and cooling of offices, and myriad other benefits of allowing team members to work from home.
If you’re a hiring manager grappling with whether you need remote work to stay competitive in the marketplace, consider incorporating these six reasons into your own list of pros and cons to help you make a better-informed decision.