So we know that work life integration is on the rise, and goes hand in hand with remote working. But does it really work? New research that captured data from the UK, the United States and Germany revealed that almost 70% of people who described their team as “very successful” have more than half their team members in different locations, and collaborate freely and successfully regardless of their location. These figures demonstrate that being sat at the same desk each day with all workforce under the same roof does not necessarily equate to productivity.
As with any new way of working there are benefits and challenges. Remote working is increasing particularly within the digital sector. It is evident that remote working appeals to most employees. It allows flexibility, allows for both personal and work goals to be achieved and cuts down on wasted time and money spent on commuting.
But will employers reap the same reward from implementing a remote working plan. It is actually proving beneficial to both staff and employers, with firms who advocate remote working stating that it is a great way of attracting and retaining staff and increasing productivity. It also shows the employee that you trust them and demonstrates your confidence in them to which, in turn, will boost their confidence.
It is argued, however, that implementing remote working policies can be a challenge and that potential issues with technology pose a great threat to the employee’s productivity levels.
Although this is a growing concept that proves to be working for those organisations who practice this working method, most companies do not cater for this type of working environment. In fact, it is discouraged due to rules, regulations and set working hours. Perhaps now is the time to rethink the way we structure the working day, and allow more flexibility.