Remote working is here to stay after its rapid acceleration during the COVID pandemic but the new challenge for companies is to invest in flexible work policies and programs to address the disconnect that has now developed between the decision makers and their employees.
A study commissioned by LogMeIn – the provider of cloud-based remote working solutions like GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, LastPass and Rescue – shows nearly three quarters of workers, who enjoyed the flexibility that remote working provided, want to work more remotely in the future.
And 83 per cent said they would be more likely to stay at their company if they are allowed to work more flexibility with 60 per cent even willing to accept a cut in pay to still have that flexibility.
Workers had no choice but to work remotely during the pandemic but they quickly reaped the benefits of greater flexibility .
And now they the pandemic is over and the workplace has opened up again, they are not willing to give up that freedom.
But employers and decision makers still hold an antiquated view of remote working rather than seeing it as a competitive offering for their workers.
While 56 per cent of employees say they are more productive when working remotely and 61 per cent say they can get more done in eight hours at home than in eight hours at the office – only 5 per cent of decision makers surveyed believe remote workers are more productive and also said 70 per cent employees in the office are more trustworthy.
The study made it clear that companies need to move away from outdated work models and work stigmas and embrace the way their employees want to work.
On employee happiness and mental health and wellbeing, 62 per cent of employees say they are happier when working remotely.
But only 44 per cent of employees thought their organisations were effectively offering mental health support.
Employees are also more likely to feel good about the company they work for and 95 per cent were satisfied with their work overall.
Having the right technology also plays a massive part in successful remote work.
Company attitudes towards technology decision can’t be one-sided or driven mainly by cost-saving.
The research showed that the ideal way to make purchase decisions would be with as much input from the HR department as it does from the IT department but only 51 per cent of organisations are making technology decisions.
The study defined four key pillars of remote work – structure, culture, technology and compliance.
Embracing anywhere-work and focussing on these pillars can help businesses achieve high remote work maturity and improve the employee engagement and satisfaction, increase productivity levels, achieve better customer experience and reduce costs – with the goal of increased revenue for the company.