The advantages of working remotely
Remote working is well and truly established in Australia’s professional circles. The proliferation of technology – Skype, cloud-based software and apps – has allowed employees to collaborate with colleagues despite being offsite, and the physical office, while still the epicentre of most businesses, is no longer the only place where work can be done.
There are various perks of working at home or on the move, so we’ve complied four of them to give you an indication of how effective being based outside of the office can be.
Cuts travel time
The daily commute to and from work is the bane of many people’s existence, particularly those who deal with packed public transport or standstill traffic. Working remotely eliminates this problem, allowing employees to take better advantage of their time and hit the ground running as soon as they switch into work mode.
There are a multitude of potential interruptions that exist in the traditional office — conversations with colleagues, waiting for the bathroom, impromptu meetings… the list goes on. The ability to complete ‘deep work’ is crucial to being productive and this is more achievable when working in a distraction-free environment.
One of the major drawcards for businesses adopting mobile working is the reduced overhead. The fewer people to cater for in a space means less of the resources that can add up quickly; computers, desks, chairs, even stationery!
The dynamic between a worker and their employer is important, and trust is one of the most imperative factors. It can be a great feeling of validation when the boss knows you will get things done, even if you’re not under constant supervision, which can build a relationship of reciprocal goodwill.