If you’re a company that can’t address and handle remote working, you need to build remote workplace strategy.
If you’re not, your competition will…and it’s going to hurt you.
VIDEO: Build a Remote Workplace Strategy
TRANSCRIPT: Build a Remote Workplace Strategy
With the onset of COVID, lots of employers were forced to allow employees to work from home. And at first, I don’t think they really liked it very much. They were having trouble finding a decent space to work in their new home–and if there were two people at the house working, they were fighting for the quiet time they needed to handle the zoom call.
But as time wore on, employees started to like it–much to everybody’s surprise, including mine.
But for most industries today, it’s hard to find a person if you’re not offering some type of remote work in your job ads.
Remote Work Employee Perspective
Only 37 percent of employees want to work in an office full-time…37 percent. And about 23 percent are saying that they’d even take a pay cut if you let them work from home or work remotely part of the time because it adds so much to their lives.
From an employee perspective, they reduce their commute time significantly–that could be 20 minutes a day could be a couple hours a day that really adds to to their usable life during the day, and it’s pretty important. They lowered their commuting costs three to five thousand dollars a year, their child care cost probably went down somewhere between 500 and 1400 a month. This was kind of like getting a tax-free raise.
But this isn’t all one-sided.
Remote Work Employer Perspective
The employer is finding that they’re getting more productive employees, their turnover is going down, their absenteeism is going down, their productivity is going up, and they’re actually able to reduce their real estate footprint, which saves them money. And most importantly because remote work is becoming part of the equation, they can increase their geographic horizon from which they can hire–which is really important in a hiring environment like we are today.
The job ads that mention remote work are getting a lot more applicants. So if you’re a company that can’t address and handle remote working, you need to build a remote workplace strategy that works. If you’re not, your competition is, and it’s going to hurt you.
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