Why work­ing re­motely is good for busi­nesses and staff alike

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

A re­cent re­port by RE­GUS con­firms that al­ready 50% of work­ers glob­ally work out­side the main of­fice 2.5 days a week or more. Other ev­i­dence val­i­dates that flex­i­ble work­ing is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing the norm. A re­port by Citrix sug­gests that by 2020 the pro­por­tion of busi­nesses offering mo­bile work­ing will reach 89% and a study con­ducted by Voda­fone showed that 86% of multi­na­tion­als con­sider mo­bile flex­i­ble work­ing as a medium or high pri­or­ity.

Here are the ten main driv­ers of change that are dis­rupt­ing the tra­di­tional 9-to-5 grind in the work­place.

1. Re­mote work­ers are less stressed

Peo­ple feel em­pow­ered to work in a way that suits them and suits the busi­ness. In a re­cent sur­vey by FlexJobs 91% said it helps them take bet­ter care of them­selves and 90% de­clare it would de­crease their lev­els of stress.

2. Re­mote work­ing pro­vides choice

Choice is very im­por­tant. There shouldn’t be a tech­nol­o­gy­driven com­pul­sion to work in a cer­tain way. Clearly, work­ers are turn­ing to flex­i­ble work­ing as a way of avoid­ing burn-out and pre­serv­ing their phys­i­cal and men­tal well-be­ing.

3. Com­mut­ing is bad for you

Com­muters have lower life sat­is­fac­tion, a lower sense that their daily ac­tiv­i­ties are worth­while, lower lev­els of hap­pi­ness and higher anx­i­ety on av­er­age than non-com­muters.

4. Re­mote venues are bet­ter than the of­fice

“Flex­i­ble work­ing isn’t just of­fice or home — there may be some­where near home with bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties,” said Ka­te­rina Manou, Gen­eral Man­ager of Re­gus for the Balkans and Cyprus.

5. Re­duc­tion of un­der­used of­fice space

One of the most tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits for firms is the re­duc­tion of un­der­used of­fice space. Money saved on ex­pen­sive leases and un­der-oc­cu­pied space should be in­vested in growth ini­tia­tives.

6. Re­duc­tion of fixed over­heads

Re­duc­ing ex­pen­sive fixed of­fice space leas­ing ar­range­ments is one of the key take-away learn­ing from the re­ces­sion.

7. Flex­i­ble work­ing creates ag­ile or­gan­i­sa­tions

Busi­nesses are in­creas­ingly mov­ing to­wards flex­i­ble work­ing in or­der to cre­ate or­gan­i­sa­tions that can re­spond to mar­ket changes by re­tract­ing or ex­pand­ing rapidly.

8. Re­mote work­ers are well con­nected

The preva­lence of smart­phones and so­cial me­dia mean you don’t have to be next to some­one to com­mu­ni­cate ef­fec­tively. And new busi­ness trends like re­mote ad­min­is­tra­tion, cloud­based project man­age­ment, video con­fer­enc­ing, and BYOD are ex­tend­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of re­mote work.

9. Re­mote work­ers are more en­gaged

When you’re tweeting with peo­ple in your team close to mid­night, it brings home that peo­ple are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some­thing be­yond ‘do­ing work’ — they’re en­gaged in a dif­fer­ent way.

10. The new ag­ile work­place creates new jobs

Flex­i­ble work­ing is a key fac­tor in keep­ing older work­ers in the econ­omy and can help them ex­tend their ca­reers. In Cyprus, Re­gus op­er­ates in Ni­cosia, Li­mas­sol and soon in Lar­naca.

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