I’m sure you already know what remote working is, (given the spike in trend) with companies adopting the “new working policy” and employees seeking jobs that specifically allows them to work remotely.
There are so many pros and cons when it comes to remote working and although it is still not the mainstream (here in Singapore), it is important to at least identify if it is a viable option for you if you decide to head out on your own one day.
Some business owners have the notion that adopting a remote working policy means that your entire workforce is working remotely full-time; essentially transforming into a virtual team. Virtual teams; where individuals work from all over the globe come together using digital communications, are an extreme form of remote working. Traditional businesses can look to integrate remote working by allowing employees to remote work starting from once a week, then gradually building up.
Businesses need not rent large office spaces in order to run daily operations, especially given how precious real estate is in Singapore. This would have blown a huge hole in a company’s finances. Cost savings are even more important for businesses that are just starting out.
Businesses would have access to a larger pool of human resources. It would be easier to hire talents globally with remote working due to restrictions on hiring foreigners in Singapore. In addition to that, not all prospective employees are willing to uproot themselves to work for your company which limits your options even further.
Research from PGi showed that remote working helped reduce workplace stress and increased productivity because of less office distractions such as social conversations with colleagues during work hours or background discussions which can make focusing difficult. Harvard Business Review also stated that workplace satisfaction and engagement are deeply connected to a sense of control over one’s environment. How else to better control it than allow employees to decide themselves through remote working?
If you’re still trying to weigh the pros and cons of remote working, here are some benefits to consider.
The amount of time you used to travel to-and-fro the office could be better spent on finishing up your tasks. Not to mention, you also get to save on rising transport costs that quickly adds up over time.
Flexibility to decide your working hours could really help with work-life balance. This means that you HAVE to be more focused and be disciplined enough to schedule AND prioritize in order to get things done. Having the authority to manage your time freely allows you to shift your work and life commitments periodically, with the aim of achieving your desired lifestyle.
Are you now SUPER CONVINCED that remote working is for you?
Yes? Maybe? Still not sure? 🙂
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Written By: Chua Yi Suen