Flexibility is success - the case for remote work options

Kiyara Rampersadh
Audit Trainee
April 6, 2024
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In today's world, working norms are undergoing a massive transformation.

An increasing number of people are doing their jobs remotely, meaning they can work from home or wherever instead of travelling to a traditional office daily.

This 'new normal', known as remote work, is becoming commonplace far beyond corporate and changing how we think about our work lives. By 2025, it's predicted that more than 1 in 5 US Americans will work remotely.

However, some of the world's biggest employers now require their employees to return to the office; otherwise, there will be consequences.

Working from the comfort of your home has it's benefits

In the tech industry, Nvidia, Dropbox, and Rockstar Games recently announced a mandate for staff to return to the office. Dell has instructed employees that they can choose to work from home but at the cost of their bonuses.

The arguments for the returns are varied.

Based on the conversation I have come across, employers feel that many workers don't perform adequately when working from home. Internal studies from many companies have shown a drop in productivity since work-from-home mandates were enforced.

Correlation doesn't necessarily equal causation. We respect the opinions and considerations of those who champion for full-time office employment.

But here are some of the reasons why we should embrace remote work:

One strongest motivations for the rise in remote work is the rapid evolution of technology and software spurred on by a global pandemic.

With tools and applications like Microsoft Teams, Google chats, Slack, and other messaging apps, people can easily work together online, regardless of location.

It's like bringing the office to your home!

In a study about the future of remote work, 1 in 3 recruiters have found that productivity has increased due to work-from-home solutions. The COVID-19 pandemic played a significant role in popularising remote work.

When lockdowns and social distancing measures occurred, many companies had to find new ways for their employees to work safely from home.

What started as a temporary solution quickly became a permanent option for numerous companies, showing that remote work can be successful.

Considering the current job market, economic crises, and ever-changing world, Morning and afternoon commutes, 8 hours five days a week in an open-plan office; it just isn't cutting it.

Remote work gives people a ton of freedom. Instead of being tied down to an office, they can choose when and where they work. Some might prefer the comfort of their home office, while others might like the buzz of a coffee shop. It's all about finding what works best for each person.

This is what they call 'work from anywhere'. Find out more about implementing it. At Accensis, we offer hybrid solutions for staff. We can work from home or the office

It's the best of both! Read here

Another cool thing about remote work is that it's goal-driven rather than the hours spent working. It doesn't matter if you work at 9 a.m. or 9 p.m. as long as you meet your goals and targets. It's a way of doing things that values everyone's contributions.

Ofcourse, remote work has its challenges. It can be tricky to separate work time from personal time when your home becomes your office. Plus, some people miss the social interactions in an office with their coworkers. Companies need to make sure their employees feel supported and connected, even when they're working remotely.

Overall, remote work is changing how we approach jobs in the modern world. It's all about using technology to work smarter (not harder), allowing people to choose how and where they work, and finding new ways to balance work and life.

As more companies embrace remote work, it's sure to become an even bigger part of how we work in the future.

Following my experience of working a few days from home, I give it a thumbs up!