remote working blog

 

You might have read my blog posts about co-working, digital nomads and workcation? Well this time I will keep it a bit broader and it includes the above: remote working.

Definition of remote work (also called telecommuting)

It as work completed in an environment other than the employer workplace.  This can include working from a home office for employees & contractors and/or working from any other imaginable environment (hotel, beach, in transit, etc.). (http://northcarolinadeportal.com/remotework/what-is-remote-work)

Who is remote working?

  • Most companies on the list of 100% distributed/remote organizations are small, young, and technology centric (http://scottberkun.com/2015/why-isnt-remote-work-more-popular/)
  • The average homeworker in the UK is over 40 (http://stats.cesi.org.uk/WBejournal/WorkingBrief230winter2013.pdf)

Trends for remote working

Remote work continues to trend upward, with 2014 posting a 26% increase in open remote job postings over 2013. (http://fortune.com/2015/02/12/lessons-learned-from-3-companies-that-have-long-embraced-remote-work)

Remote work, defined as working somewhere other than the office one day a week or more, has been on the rise for years and continues to rise. (http://scottberkun.com/2015/why-isnt-remote-work-more-popular/)

94% of UK organisations apparently now offer staff some form of flexible working, while 73% of managers say that their organisation is largely supportive of it (http://www.virgin.com/entrepreneur/the-false-promise-of-remote-working)

The total number for remote working has grown (2014) by 1.3m since 2008, and the proportion of workers who work remotely has grown by 2.8 percentage points. (http://realbusiness.co.uk/article/26870-remote-working-at-highest-level-on-record)

What are the benefits of remote working?

Here are a few of the benefits of remote working:

  • There’s less stress in the office and the workplace — people feel empowered to work in a way that suits them and suits the business (http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-good-reasons-why-working-remotely-makes-sense)
  • Less commuting means a smaller carbon footprint 
  • expand talent pool (http://fortune.com/2015/02/12/lessons-learned-from-3-companies-that-have-long-embraced-remote-work/)
  • improve retention (http://fortune.com/2015/02/12/lessons-learned-from-3-companies-that-have-long-embraced-remote-work/)
  • increase productivity (http://fortune.com/2015/02/12/lessons-learned-from-3-companies-that-have-long-embraced-remote-work/)
  • reduce office space costs (http://fortune.com/2015/02/12/lessons-learned-from-3-companies-that-have-long-embraced-remote-work/)

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Hi, my name is Christine Michaelis and with my program CHANGE I help people in the creative industry to start-up their own business. Having worked as an Account Manager and Strategic Consultant in Marketing and Advertising for over ten years now, I know what it feels like not being as motivated and happy in your job as you used to be and the urge to start something by yourself. And that is what I have done. I am a creative start-up Coach and certified NLP Practitioner. I strongly believe that if you love what you do, you are much happier in your life. With me, you will get clarity, discover values, analyse who your ideal client is, narrow down the steps involved in setting up your own business, grow your confidence and engage your audience. And if you fancy becoming your own marketing expert, my program RESULT will help you with that. My current clients include Photographers, Creatives, Account Manager and Landscape Architects. But there are much more creative professions out there. So, contact me to talk about how I can help you and a free consultation at hello@christinethecoach.com

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