Remote working has taken the business world by storm, as increasing numbers of employers and employees take advantage of the many benefits to be gained from this way of working. With the advances in technology, remote working is also becoming easier and accessible for lots more people than ever before. But, is remote working all it’s cracked up to be? Is it a blessing or can it be a curse?
Why remote working has become big business
More and more people are working away from the office environment, because it brings about lots of positives for both the worker and the employer.
For starters, it means the employer doesn’t need to factor in office space for the remote workers, which can reduce their operating costs.
For the employee, they can save time and money not having to do the daily commute, and working remotely often gives them increased flexibility, which can help fit around their family life. Research also indicates that if remote working is conducted properly, the worker is generally much more productive compared to if they were at the office.
The advances in technology, such as smartphones, VoIP communication systems, cloud services, etc has made remote working much easier to conduct, with workers being able to communicate and share information with others from any location. There is less time spent arranging and travelling to meetings, which also saves money and time.
When remote working doesn’t work so well
Whilst working away from the office has many plus points, it needs to be managed successfully to make sure the arrangement works efficiently. Remote working requires the worker to be disciplined and organised, as they will need to be able to manage their time. This isn’t something that comes naturally to a lot of people, and remote working might not suit everyone. There’s also the problem of dealing with distractions, say, for instance, if someone is working from home.
Remote workers need to maintain regular communication with colleagues and managers, otherwise they could feel out of the loop. Managers also need to ensure they have a system in place for recording productivity and keeping in contact with their remote workers. If the remote workers don’t have the appropriate resources to do their job, it can lead to lowered levels of productivity.
Fortunately, the rise in communications technology has made remote working easier to manage. For instance, with the right resources, employees can keep in contact with their colleagues using VoIP systems such as Skype, through video conferencing, smartphones and the internet. They can easily access and share data and information using cloud technology, so no matter where they are, they can use the information using either a laptop or other mobile device.
However, whilst mobile technology has changed the way that people work, and will continue to do so, what is certain is that there will still be a place for regularly meeting up face-to-face with colleagues, now and in the future.Share