Telecommuting; who reaps the largest benefit
The employer or the remote worker
Corporate organizations worldwide have realized a digital shift caused by the pandemic. Therefore, they’ve adopted new work from home policies to align their processes with digital communication versus the traditional face-to-face interaction.
Almost half of the American workforce population is working from home. Compared to 2018, when researchers quoted, “workers worked remotely at least once every week.” Many factors determine this consideration: the rise of the gig economy, the development of digital communications, corporate values are changing, and a higher number of workers are claiming time with their families again more than ever before.
Remote work was already climbing before the unprecedented virus. It just helped propel the efforts for employees to adopt new work-from-home policies sooner than predicted. What’s now noticeable is the rising need for project managers in every career field. Telecommuting works best when all parties know and understand their roles in the project. Specifically when working remotely. Otherwise, the organization’s financial outcome could face unique challenges.
The new trend for digital working will likely continue after the pandemic subsides. This raises other questions such as how close collaborations, team-building, project management alignment, and other tasks will remain manageable when team members are close to each other and not co-located?
In no way will such a minor obstacle keep progression from moving forward with digital or remote teams. Having fewer restraints for the location is one of the many benefits of working remotely. It provides flexibility and attracts a global, diverse group of talent.
There are a few reasons why an employer may want to consider incorporating remote work into the company’s culture.
- Remote teams are more likely to be more productive, be less distracted, and have a greater focus, which means generating a more significant bottom line.
- Team members are more energetic when not facing continuous traffic and long commutes.
- Workers are self-motivated to complete their work due to less stressful environments.
- Corporate expenses are lowered, such as liability insurance, renting excessive office space, and responsibility for commercial utilities. Instead, shared areas reduced spending budgets, and minimal requirements replace oversized offices and highrise buildings by renting in various locations such as WeWork,
- Reduced traveling decreases automotive fuel consumption for the environment and creates cleaner air.
- Access an expanded pool of talent with fewer restrictions. It makes a difference in choosing global candidates with complete physical restrains for employment in certain perimeters and acquiring jobs that would generally be unconsidered because of its location.
- Employees can remain on the job longer with healthier lifestyles and less stress. FlexJobs reports surveyed over 3,000 workers, and 77% of the respondents would be more beneficial if their job provided flexible hours. Likely, 86 percent of employees would be less stressed if they worked remotely. The overall benefit would be evident to all involved.
When it’s all said and done, technology will continue being the primary driver for changing perceptions around locations and working hours. Some may say telecommuters are benefiting the most. However, could it be a win-win for all parties? Transitioning the workforce to a remote work environment is beneficial for everyone involved. Revising for the future is a great way to lower expenses and obtain a higher production quality for any organization. Project management acts as the leading saught after skill for completing projects, meeting deadlines, and creating accountability for successful telecommuting roles.
SHE MediaTech serves the entertainment industry with a project management workforce. If you’re interested in knowing the roles of a project manager, business analysis, program manager, or need to fill positions in your firm or organization with such skills, contact us at SheWorksDigital.com and begin preparing your teams for working remotely.
*This article was initially published in the Chicago Crusader’s Newspaper
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