8 reasons why you should let your employees work remotely
Meet Jeff. 👨💼 Jeff has been working at your company for a few months now, but lately traffic has gone to sh#t and he spends way too much time a day sitting in his car. When he arrives at work, frustration has already introduced itself, not a fun feeling to start the day with. This obviously does not translate well in his work or in the atmosphere with his colleagues. Motivation is practically nowhere to be found and you’re about to lose a great and talented employee to outer circumstances.
ENTER: Remote working//Satellite offices & coworking spaces
It was introduced a few years back within the business scene but has already spread quickly since. Employers are aware of the advantages of a satellite office or remote working in a coworking space and jump in to adapt their work culture to offer it to their employees. Not surprising if you see all the advantages coupled to giving Jeff the opportunity to work from a satellite office or coworking space.
1. Jeff has more time and less stress 👉 You save money and the planet
Jeff now takes his bike to the flexible coworking space or satellite office and saves the time he normally spends in traffic. He doesn’t have to leave at the crack of dawn to get to work and is home a lot earlier. As a result Jeff doesn’t mind staying a bit later to finish his tasks if necessary. Jeff is not confronted with aggressive drivers honking their horns, driving him mad, less stress for him, making him healthier overall. You get to save money on cars, fuel, transportation and sick-leave costs. Helping to save the planet altogether is the cherry on the cake!
2. Happy Jeff 👉 You lower the retention rate by 10%
Jeff arrives at the office with a clear and frustration-free head, whistling his way through the office, he can’t wait to start the day and quitting his job is the last thing on his mind.
3. Motivated Jeff 👉 You get quality results
By letting Jeff work remotely he feels trusted by you, his employer, which motivates him to go above and beyond to make the best out of his work.
4. Focussed Jeff 👉 You get efficiency and save money
Instead of a huge open loud office of 30-40 people, Jeff has his own little office or flex desk in a quiet coworking space. Which means a lot less distractions and more focus. Productivity goes up and Jeff gets more done in lesser time, saving you money.
5. Jeff expands his network 👉 You get valuable relationships leading to growth and opportunity
When Jeff is in for a coffee, he wanders to the coffee corner and has a little chat with the other flex workers. These fellow entrepreneurs, all housing in the same building, offer him new creative insights, leads and a whole new untapped network through which Jeff can expand your companies brand image.
6. Jeff needs structure 👉 You develop handy processes and documentation
Jeff will need access to manuals, digital documentation and procedures. Processes will therefore have to be written down, which will improve company documentation and process-building. Making your company a lot more scalable and appealing for remote workers.
7. You have access to more talented Jeffs
By opening a local satellite office or renting coworking space, you can draw from a larger talent pool. Engage more local talent, that, as an extra bonus, has a good knowledge about the local market and speaks the local language.
8. You get to build your future
The future of your company is probably the most important thing to think about. New, young motivated talent is crucial to your success, the Millennial job seekers. One problem: getting them to your 1 head office…Commuting or working 9-5 is nowhere on their minds. Flexibility, proximity and working autonomously is what they’re all about. So if you don’t want to miss the boat on the millennial job seekers (representing 68% of the job pool), you better put a remote working policy in place!
No doubt about it: letting your employers work remotely will end up being one of the best decisions you could ever make. Especially when you choose to work in a hip, trendy and inspirational coworking space like ours.
If you think you’re company is ready for it, contact Silke for more information about a coworking subscription or satellite office here at WATT Factory!
Not sure yet? Check out this check-list on how to implement remote working in your company. Or learn here about the reasons why you, as an employee, should remote work or here about how to ask your boss to remote work.