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by on April 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm
  1. Reduced Commuting Costs. This covers gas and auto maintenance costs, no more separate wardrobes for work and for the rest of your life, and you can save on food costs as well as expensive coffee if you work from home. Just think about the reduction of the stress when people don’t have to fight traffic just to get to work everyday!
  2. Flexible Schedule. A lot of the work that can be done remotely nowadays can also be done on a flexible schedule. For many it’s about quality of life and the quality of their work. For many, flexibility of time is the greatest benefit. They feel they can do a better job because of increased freedom. During low energy periods, they can take a walk or do something personal around the house instead of staring out an office window or chit-chat.
    Those four extra hours a day (that I was commuting) give me back precious time that you were missing with your family.
  3. Increased Talent Pool. Offering employees, the ability to work from cities outside of the Big Apple has greatly expanded the pool of talent available to the firm. This also helps with the fact that often clients are located all across the country as well, so it becomes easier to segment client service by region as you expand.
  4. You Can Stay More Focused. The average worker gets interrupted 30-50 times a day by emails, drop-in visitors, coworkers, noise, email, and the phone. Working remotely will eliminate the face-to-face interruptions, noise, and office politics. The fourth biggest reason for procrastination is too many interruptions back-to-back.
  5. Appeals to a Multi-Generational Workforce. Offering this type of work environment will be especially important for those firms who wish to attract young talent in the years ahead.
  6. Increased Productivity. From a work perspective, studies are showing productivity is often dramatically improved while working remotely. Workers don’t have any daily preparations, can start working almost immediately upon his or her first cup of coffee, and often take their laptop to bed with me. Without distractions, employees and leaders are clear to focus on what they need to accomplish.
  7. You Can Keep in Touch More Effectively. When you don’t have everyone physically around you all the time, you become much more aware of the importance of keeping in touch. Instead of just knowing that you can pop around the corner to chat whenever you like, you know that you need to write or at least have a video chat. So, either in the process of composing your message or planning the meeting, you’ll refine your thoughts and questions and end up saving time for both of you when you do have that discussion.
  8. Better Meetings. Most people feel the majority of meetings they attend have been a waste of time, took way too long, and didn’t have an impact on anyone’s actual decisions. Most meetings don’t have a reason for occurring beyond the fact that they make people feel a sense of accomplishment. Meetings will last half as long as normal.
    The other benefit of working remotely is you never get pulled into spur of the moment meetings (that often have nothing to do with you.) You will still have meetings when necessary but the fact that most aren’t in person makes it much easier to avoid the time-wasting aspects of them.
  9. Better Communication. Effective forms of communication to ensure everyone remains on the same page is much more important when working remotely. This means regular firm-wide conference calls, periodic reviews, group webinars, monthly committee meetings, etc. — to keep everyone on the same page. And the use of Slack has more or less done away with internal company emails and annoying reply-all’s.
  10. Better Leaders. Working remotely forces a leader to really be a leader, a well-organized leader. Working remotely isn’t for everyone. It involves more discipline, better planning, better communication, structure, and accountability. These are all key leadership skills that are often below where they need to be. Often, that’s why working remotely breaks down, because of the leader. But on the other side of the coin, if managing a remote workforce is done well, it is a win for the company, the leader, and the individual.

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