Even though remote work has been the norm for a large percentage of organizations around the globe for a while now, many are still not sure of how effective this method is. What’s more, many organizations worry that if they decide to switch to remote teams, they’ll end up being less prosperous and less successful overall.
We are quite aware of this fear, which is why we wanted to alleviate your concerns and show you that yes, organizations can prosper using remote teams. Let’s take a look at why that’s the case.
The Benefits of Remote Work and Using Remote Teams
Let’s take a look at some statistics for starters.
- The number of people working remotely has grown by 44% in the last five years and 91% in the last decade.
- 85% of organizations that offer more flexibility when it comes to when and where their employees work have found that their overall productivity has increased.
- In the US, as much as 4.7 million employees work from home most of the time.
- 44% of employees say that at least a part of the workforce at their organization is remote.
- The number of people who work remotely at least once every week has risen by 400% since 2010.
We could go on with the numbers, but the fact remains the same – remote work is a trend that has been growing for a while and is unlikely to stop. The very existence of the trend should be enough to show how beneficial remote working is for all organizations that can afford it.
However, there are still clear benefits when it comes to having remote teams.
- Having remote teams increases job satisfaction levels, which can, in turn, improve productivity.
- Younger generations are more likely to work at organizations that offer flexible or remote work.
- By offering remote work, you increase the chances of hiring the top talent as most people are now interested in remote work.
- Remote teams tend to be more creative and easier to manage than in-house employees.
- Health, loyalty, and job performance suffer less with remote teams than in traditional workplaces.
- Remote workers tend to be more content than their in-office counterparts.
As you can see, the main benefit of remote work lies in the fact that employees are happy and productive. As most of us are already well aware, happier and fulfilled workers are much better at their job, which can only mean that their organizations will prosper more.
Naturally, remote work has its issues as well. However, they are much easier to fix than the problems that exist in traditional workspaces. Many methods exist that will help you improve your relationship with remote teams and their productivity, but all of them usually revolve around the same things:
- Better communication
- Clear job roles, task distribution, and detailed explanations of tasks
- Great organization
- Reliance on tools and software