“The most damaging phrase in the language is ‘we’ve always done it this way’” – Grace Hopper, U.S. Naval officer and computer programming pioneer
The remote work revolution is well underway, but many organizations are still hesitant to embrace it. For many employers, however, their resistance amounts to little more than convention. The non-traditional nature of remote work inspires fears of reduced employee productivity, engagement, and accountability. In reality, though, research has shown exactly the opposite to be true.
In 2016, survey start-up TinyPulse surveyed over 500 remote U.S. workers and compared their responses to those of 200,000 traditional employees. What they found is that the remote workers were not only happier than their office-bound counterparts, but also felt more productive. In fact, 91 percent of the remote workers said they were more productive when working outside of the office. They cited quieter working environments, fewer distractions, and less-frequent breaks.
And these findings aren’t unique. Previous studies by the Harvard Business Review, Penn State and Stanford have also shown that telecommuting increases worker productivity (both per-minute and monthly), job satisfaction, and psychological well-being.
What’s more, the benefits for employers aren’t limited to happier, more productive workers. By using remote, contracted work, employers also enjoy reduced financial risk and more streamlined growth.
Now, companies like BELAY are making the choice to go remote even more appealing. By doing the hard work of finding and recruiting top talent for them, our clients are able to scale without sacrificing valuable time and resources. In the end, the BELAY model provides employers with reduced costs, fewer risks, and greater flexibility to grow.
Although traditionalism still holds some sway over the staffing landscape, the remote approach is steadily becoming the new normal. Old customs can be stubborn, but when a better option comes along, it’s only a matter of time before “the new way” simply becomes “the way”.
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