While your work can provide a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment, it can also be a source of stress. Imagine your commute to the office, when you’re stuck in traffic. You finally reach your workplace and a coworker comes over to chat. By the time the conversation ends, it becomes harder to regain focus. Remote workers are happier due to the better work-life balance it offers.
Why remote workers are happier?
The ability to work remotely affects the happiness of employees. The key factors that impact remote employee happiness are –
- Increased Productivity and Focus – One of the top reasons remote employees look for working remotely is for increased productivity and better focus. Interruptions are costly for both employees and organizations. Working remotely helps employees to avoid distractions and focus on their work. Not only does this increase their productivity, but they’re happier at work, more confident in their ability to do their work well, and motivated to do their best. Though they still have to deal with some virtual noise but it’s easier to deal with these distractions. They can always mute notifications or set specific times to read and respond to emails.
- No Commute – It takes workers much time to commute to and from work. Challenges like train delays, traffic or missing the bus can lead to a stressful start to their day. Commuting often affects their health and happiness. Remote workers are happier as they save themselves time, money and stress. No commute also means more time for yourself and family, once the work is over.
- Better Work-Life Balance – We all have commitments apart from our jobs. Our work responsibilities can cloud our personal lives and make it challenging to find balance. Remote work allows individuals to better manage their personal and professional lives. They are able to have calmer lives, at work and at home, where work can be managed in a balanced, reliable and healthy way.
- Better Communication – Remote workers can set reasonable expectations with their managers and coworkers about communication, so they aren’t subject to continuous availability. The guidelines should be clear so they can effectively plan their workdays. They’ll find even more satisfaction and happiness in their job when they can balance work and life.
- Job Stability – Employee retention is seen as one of the top challenges for HR professionals. Turnover is costly and the loss of a skilled employee can negatively impact the company’s performance. By offering remote work, companies can attract and retain employees. Remote workers are happier and more loyal to their organizations. The flexibility to work remotely is a huge benefit for employees and also a major factor that decides their stay with a company or look for a new job. Not only is remote work a retention tool, but it’s also a great way to attract new talent. Most workers agree that the ability to work remotely would make them more likely to choose one employer over another in their next job search.
The ability to work remotely has a positive impact on the lives of employees. A new study shows that remote workers are happier and more productive provided they can take advantage from it and it’s leading to far less turnover and more employee satisfaction. Technology will continue making remote working easier and more productive, encouraging lots of companies and employees to change the way they think about employment.