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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