The Best Commute is No Commute
Remote work increases employee retention, reduces costs and boosts productivity. It’s “greener” than commuting and is the safest way to manage office work during the Covid-19 pandemic. Even though remote work has been made difficult due to the public health crisis (intrusive but essential child and family care duties, for instance) it has proved very quickly to be an effective work strategy. Expect a permanent, widespread adoption of telework among employers as its benefits hit their bottom lines and as more workers master remote work techniques.
In more normal times the average American adult spent nearly an hour per day commuting. Working remotely allows employees to gain this hour back. This added free time, along with avoiding the stress of traffic, can improve work-life balance and boost employee morale.
Remote work reduces costs for employers and employees. These savings can include real estate costs, commuting expenses, parking obligations, as well as the costs associated with employee turnover when difficult commutes lead to job dissatisfaction. Even certain child care costs can be eliminated, for instance the need for before- or after-school care for school-age children.
Remote work boosts productivity. A flexible workplace allows employees to create a routine that works best for them. Talented telework managers know to manage toward outcomes rather than hours: it’s amazing how remote work daylights actual employee accomplishments.
Interested in implementing or refining a remote work program? We can help. Visit the Move Minneapolis Remote Work QuickStart guide:
Select a Meeting Platform
Virtual meeting platforms provide two-way audio, video, and text communication to workers anywhere with an internet connection. Video conferencing, file-sharing, and presentation features allow for virtual “face-to-face” meetings. Here are some platforms we’re familiar with.
Refine Your Remote Work Program
Early in the pandemic we produced a webinar featuring national transportation expert and seasoned remote worker Wendy Duren. Webinar: Remote Working in the Era of COVID-19
(Please note: audio starts immediately, video at the 1:38 seconds mark):
LifeLabs Learning Complete Remote Work Playbook
Discover a thorough and honest guide to remote work best practices, from where to look when you’re on camera to an employee readiness assessment.