Are we returning to the office after COVID? Or is the future working remotely?

Are we returning to the office after COVID? Or is the future working remotely?

The global working model has been heading towards remote working long before COVID hit. Remote work is not something new and there’s certainly been no shortage of remote jobs in the UK over the past decade. However, there’s no doubt that the pandemic has accelerated the process for most businesses and forced a rethink in their working models.

Thanks to advancements in technology and communications, hiring and managing a remote workforce is easier than ever. Remote working has benefits for both employers and employees. Some might argue that too can be said about returning to the office after COVID. While some businesses view this time of uncertainty as a temporary measure, some see it as an opportunity to change things up. Truth be told, it's difficult to see how many of us will return to the office and what the long-term working model will be.

There are some advantages for companies to take a remote-first position with their recruitment and not return to the office.

Firstly, you are not limited geographically when it comes to hiring remote workers. In fact your candidate pool becomes much larger and allows you to target experienced individuals on a global scale. There’s still time-zones and language barriers to consider with remote hiring, but you might just find that special someone who can be a valuable asset to your company.

Employees don’t need to commute to and from work everyday which instantly makes the working day less stressful. Not only does it ease stress, it also eases the bank balance and commuting costs.

Staff can be distracted and unproductive in an office environment. One of the benefits of working in an office is the social aspect and being able to talk with colleagues face to face. While everyone tends to work hard in the office and focus, it’s difficult to escape those moments when you are drawn into a team conversation that is not work related. There’s also the noise levels which can be very distracting especially in call centers etc. Staff who work from home are happier and much more productive than working in an office.

Hiring a remote workforce saves money for businesses. There’s no doubt that many companies, especially those renting office space, have seen this pandemic as an opportunity to cut down on costs. Running an office and paying utility costs is a sizable chunk of change for many businesses and instantly resolved when employing remote workers.

Staff can create their own comfortable home office workspaces which promotes productivity and less stress for remote workers. No need to sit in that horrible uncomfortable chair in the office, or stare at those unimaginative bland office walls. Having the freedom to work in your own spaces, or changing your working location from time to time can have a great effect on employees.

For many new start-ups and established businesses, hiring remote workers looks to be the future. The need to have everyone in the office and increase company spending looks less and less attractive for businesses. Companies who already own offices may desire that all staff return to work in the office, but the general outlook seems to be a remote-first working model, and why not.

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