Working From Home Should Become Standard Procedure
Working from home, or indeed remote working in general, has gained somewhat a mixed response from employers worldwide. Many envisage a worker bee mulling around lazily at home in their pyjamas as they gradually approach their task list (while battling various procrastinations).
We believe this is an unfair representation. Afterall, Stack Chasers was born from the concept that remote working presents flexibility and opportunity to work more freely, and these are factors that serve only to increase one’s productivity. Working from home is incredibly contemporary. Society has shifted entirely from the traditional 9-5 working week. Instead, through offering freedom, choice, and a heck of a lot less stress and time on the commute, employers will instead see a happy, morale-driven work force.
As such, Stack Chasers believes that working from home and remote working should become standard procedure. And here’s why…
The Commute Vs Working Remotely
Let’s set the tone. It’s 6.30am on Thursday morning strikes; you wrestle yourself out of bed and slowly get yourself together. You flop into the car and sidle into the grim greyness of the British winter. As you merge into the inevitable fume-filled, back-to-back red and white light procession, you are reminded that your day hasn’t even began. Why aren’t you waking up in Barbados? Yet, here you are again, stuck in the same old traffic, crawling along, again. Sound familiar?
The commute experience is mostly hideous, time-consuming and a huge impact on your mood. So, doesn’t it make sense to eradicate it, if even for a day or two a week? Surely waking up after a good rest, popping on the kettle, grabbing a quick shower then sitting down at your home-based work desk to crack on with your various tasks is a far greater way to start your day?
Therefore, working from home and the opportunity to work and travel offer huge advantages, not only to the atmosphere (with the reduced emissions), but also to mental health. Each topic is highly contextual, becoming prevalent concerns in the world in which we live. So it should be that employers implement the necessary actions to reduce both their carbon footprint and their staff’s workplace dread.
Does Working Remotely Increase Productivity?
Working remotely offers a ticket out of the commute, though of course this isn’t the only benefit. It gives back the time that would have otherwise been wasted either sat in traffic, or getting outfit ready for a big corporate meeting (that could easily be taken via Zoom) when you could have been reading the latest post by your favourite blogger or getting ahead of your schedule. Relaxing. By giving time, employers are rewarded with grateful, refreshed employees who are more mentally balanced (having not had to deal with crowded public transport… that was late), and ready and rearing to tackle their workload.
Working from home or working remotely, especially for roles in the Developer world, by no means takes you out of the office. With such apps and tools as Teamwork, Slack, Dropbox and Trello (to name a few), employers and employees are running off the same page. The only real thing that an employee absent from the office misses is face-to-face human interaction with colleagues. However, this is easily rectified by visiting the office a couple of days a fortnight.
Such boundaries and apps protect both employer and employee as it is a great record of evidence. It’s easy to track achievements and KPIs, and if an employee starts to slip, it’s easy- they just come back to the office.
In addition, working from home has been proven to reduce the number of sick days that employees have. Without the need to summon the strength to battle cars, people and office claustrophobia, it is no surprise that when members of the team who are feeling under the weather are still able to contribute from the comfort of their own home.
Remote working enhances job satisfaction. Because employees are appreciative for the freedom of working from home, or in other situations, owning the ability to work and travel, they maintain a sense of duty and respect to their employer; a gap that may had otherwise been filled with resentment, pent up frustration and, frankly, exhaustion.
How Might The Working Day Look When Working Remotely?
From the office perspective, everything looks the same. There’s still the daily chatter, and the rich smell of coffee that permeates the office. The difference is that much of the conversations that take place are communicated either via instant messages/emails, over the phone or in video calls. With the benefit of speed dial and internet velocity that continues to spread worldwide, it’s rare that anyone is completely away from the digital world.
As for the remote worker, they fulfil their daily routine, be that a nice bubble bath or a stroll with the dog, then they get down to business. Suddenly, without the need to rush; rush to wake up, rush to get clean, rush to eat, rush to get to work and get everything set, life becomes immediately calmer. That ‘rush’ time interprets into ‘free’ time that is filled in far more productive and healthy ways. An eight-hour day looks dramatically smaller when the hours surrounding it are satiated with ‘me’ time. Rather than restlessness and catch-ups, the eight-hours is combatted with a newfound dedication to both prove worth and to replicate the generosity produced by employers.
Does Remote Working Make You Nervous As An Employer?
If you remain cagey as an employer at the prospect of assimilating remote work or working from home into your business, then start slowly; edge it into your employment model. It could begin with offering working from home as an incentive, or as a type of promotion/feature of a role. It could also be a solution to bad weather, to employees who travel over a certain distance, or for those who have kids during school holidays. From a selfish perspective, think of the amount of money you will be saving on the reduced office size?
With the world very swiftly shifting towards a new dynamic set out by the Generation X/Yers who insist on freedom and flexibility, it’s important to stay ahead of the game as an employer. Eventually, with so many people looking for roles that probably don’t even exist right now, incentives and impressive business features are what will draw in the industry crème de la crème. Remote working is the ultimate signifier of a business moving with the times.
If you are a developer who craves an escape from the traditional 9 to 5 office job, but who’s employer has not yet got ahead of the game, click here! Stack Chasers collects the best remote work vacancies globally that allow you to work from home or work as you travel.