It’s another busy day for team members in our El Salvador and Mexico offices, and for our 60+ other consultants spread across the United States and Canada. Our team members are engaged in their work, some working from their home offices or co-working space, others on site.
Instead of having to commute, sometimes for hours, many of our team members now work from their location of choice. Some prefer co-working places, while others love the comfort of their homes.
Daniela, in our El Salvador office, for example, works from home two days a week, avoiding traffic on particularly bad days; she says when she does go to the office, she often wakes at 3 or 4am to beat the traffic. More important than avoiding traffic, though, is having the chance to see her baby son right away, when finishing her tasks. “When I get offline from work, I can immediately see my baby son Alessandro (he´s 22 months old)—and his happiness when he sees me is priceless!”
For Alexis, working from home offers the key benefits of avoiding traffic and thus saving time–time that he puts to good use by “sleeping in a little longer, taking my dog out for long walks and having breakfast in the commodity of my house (Yes, I alternate these activities).”
He knows that working from home is both a privilege and a responsibility. “I appreciate the fact that I am trusted to manage my time responsibly by joining my meetings and delivering my work on time, with the same quality as if I were at the office,” he says.
Like Rulesware, we’re seeing companies of all sizes accepting that with the right setup, employees can work from anywhere. A 2019 report by Buffer came to some surprising discoveries:
- 99% of remote workers said they would like to work remotely at least some of the time for the rest of their careers.
- 95% of remote workers said they would recommend remote work to coworkers, friends, and family members.
We at Rulesware agree. Avoid the commute, join a meeting from a coworking place in Bali, or work in your comfiest clothes from your home office.
Below we’ve gathered 5 of the key benefits that we see employees enjoying when remote work is available.
#1 – Remote employees have fewer distractions and have an easier time concentrating
A two-year Stanford study showed that remote workers are profoundly more productive than stereotypes would have us believe. Nicholas Bloom, a professor at Stanford, worked together with James Liang, the CEO of China’s largest travel agency. They experimented to see how effective the remote work option truly is. During the experiment, 250 employees were studied while working at the office, and 250 more who volunteered to work from home. They found remote employees had fewer distractions and have an easier time concentrating. Also, employee attrition decreased by 50%, and they took fewer sick days and shorter breaks.
#2 – Flexible employment can inspire harmony between work and personal life
Many of us are seeing our personal responsibilities grow, including childcare, elderly care, and volunteer work. This happens at the same time when our professional commitments are also increasing. The end result is often an upsurge in stress, burnout, and a conflict between work and life. A 2018 Gallup study discovered that 23% of employees reported feeling burned out at work very often or always.
Spending time with family, taking care of our kids, and having the flexibility to balance all of those other things in life become possible when you include options for employees to work remotely.
#3 – Remote work involves a flexible schedule and more time for meaningful experiences
Employees, especially those in their 20s and 30s, value experiences more than material possessions. They want to be able to spend time with friends and family, work from a secluded island in Indonesia, all the while staying in excellent physical and mental health.
A flexible schedule allows remote workers to juggle between work, their hobbies, and social time with friends. The end result? A positive work/life balance and reduced workplace stress.
#4 – Remote workers have more opportunities for quality employment
If you live in a country in which there’s a large percent of unemployment or lack of job positions for your role, then remote work can open a world of possibilities. Not only that you’ll benefit financially, but also professionally and mentally.
This research by OwlLabs found that:
- remote work opens up opportunities in countries where careers in many roles and industries previously did not exist.
- 35% of respondents believe that remote work offers more opportunities for quality employment.
- People in South America and Asia are 17% more likely than the global average to agree that remote work offers more options for quality employment.
#5 – Remote work has the same impact on the environment as planting 2 billion trees per year
According to Global Workforce Analytics, if employees work for only half a week remotely, they can decrease emissions by up to 54 million metric tons each year. Estimations say that the remote work has the same impact on the environment as planting 2 billion trees per year.
As remote work is not location-dependent, it can stimulate the development of small towns and reduce the crowd in big cities. This means greener cities and higher quality of life. What’s more, remote work supports seven of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. They include:
✅ Good health and well-being
✅ Gender equality
✅ Affordable and clean energy
✅ Decent work and economic growth
✅ Sustainable cities and communities
✅ Responsible consumption and production
✅ Climate action
A Final Word
Remote working is a huge factor in keeping our family at Rulesware happy, healthy and productive. And for us, this is what grounds us.
Regardless of your individual work from home schedule, at Rulesware you’re trusted to have the flexibility to comfortably work from home and get your job done.
We invite you to get in touch to ask about our many benefits and our family-friendly work culture.