One of the key aspects of GoCloud's Hosted Desktops is the enabling of remote working, but it's hard to sell a product when the potential buyer doesn't know how it will benefit their business. In this post, we explore the subject and assess its main features.
Looking back over the last 20 years, it’s clear that working from home is a trend that’s on the rise. In the UK, 1.5 million people now work remotely, an increase of about 800,000 in the last decade alone. This means that 13% of the UK workforce operates outside the actual workplace.
Many industries such as tech and recruitment allow employees to spend much of their time avoiding the office and fulfilling their responsibilities in the comfort of their home. Software developers and copywriters are other popular roles that are conducive to remote working. Even some surgeons in the world have been able to perform major operations long-distance through robotic surgical instruments.
The possibilities are seemingly endless, but is remote working right for your customers' staff in particular? Here are some factors to bear in mind.
Flexibility: Being able to work at home gives you a second option should you be unable to get to the office. Any major commuting problems need not be a problem when you don’t have to set foot out of the door. Allowing employees to work remotely is also a show of trust, which breeds loyalty and wellbeing across the workforce.
Productivity: Working from home allows you to avoid the distractions that would otherwise slow you down. Up to 74% of people find that throughout the day they become sidetracked due to noise. Frenetic office surroundings and chatty coworkers aren’t a problem when you’re sitting comfortably in your contained environment.
No commuting costs: The average UK employee spends £146 a month travelling to work, which rises to £305 a month in London. Even just working from home once or twice a week will make a significant financial impact on the annual commuting spend.
Fewer sick days: Companies with employees that work from home will naturally have less people in their office at any one time. This will help to prevent the spread of colds and flu, meaning that the business loses less money due to staff being off sick.
Independence: At home you can effectively be your own boss. You’ll still be completing objectives and tasks expected of you, but with no manager breathing down your neck. This enables you to structure your day how you feel will be most productive, and pick a room that will provide optimal peace and quiet.
There is no sign that the number of people working from home will plateau, so the positive and progressive aspects of this remote arrangement will continue to benefit more and more employees. Meanwhile, the advancement of technology and instant communication allows people to thrive in home-based roles that wouldn’t have been possible thirty years ago.
All in all, it’s certainly worth your customers considering if they have employees that are interested in the idea. You never know, it could even result in their profit margins soaring to new heights.
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