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Will your workforce be happier if they are working from home?

 

Office work can be a great chance to network and learn from co-workers. However, some office workers find co-workers interrupt their workflow and daily commuting is a source of stress.

 

Remote working can increase focus, productivity, and your staff's life work-life balance. During the pandemic, a third of people enjoy remote working and do not want to return to the typical office environment. On the flip side, a third of people are keen to return to the office on a part-time basis with some remote work thrown in.

 

UK workers find they can achieve a better balance between work and their personal life while working from home. Only one in ten people find themselves distracted and less productive at home.

 

Here are a few reasons why your workforce may be happier working from home.

 

No commute

Thousands of people in the UK spend countless hours commuting to work. Delayed trains are a significant source of stress for the UK's commuting population, especially for Londoners. There are logistical challenges to commuting that can be easily avoided with remote working.

 

Without a two-hour commute each day, your staff could have more time to invest in their health, family, and personal hobbies. They could use this time to enhance their lives so they can approach work with a happier attitude.

 

Increased productivity and focus

Chatty co-workers and noisy offices can drastically reduce an individual's productivity. It is far easier to tune out email notifications and Slack messages by muting the application. Workers are less likely to get burnt out and stressed when they could control their work environment. 

 

Invest in branded business cards for your employees so you can maintain a sense of community in your company. Promotional merchandise and business posters can make any home office feel a little more motivational and business-focused.

 

Better work-life balance

In a recent survey, employees who work remotely and telecommute into meetings are happier than those who have continued to go into the office. Remote workers are more likely to work full-time, have a higher income, and be employed by industries with above-average job satisfaction.

 

Happier employees are more likely to stay in your company and thus, improve your employee retention. When hiring new staff for remote roles, you can look outside of your city and scope broader talent.

 

It's no secret that work obligations often spill into our personal lives. A better work-life balance is one of the main reasons workers choose to work remotely. They can set better work boundaries and guidelines on when they are available for meetings.

 

Despite interruptions from family members and weak Wi-Fi connections, remote working has undeniable benefits that could transform your staff's productivity and happiness.

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