Reasons Why Home Working Is The Future
The benefits of home-working
If managed properly, home-working can bring many tangible and intangible benefits to both employer and employee.
POSH Communication has been in business for 11 years now, and in the past 2 years, we decided to offer the option of home working to our employees. Here’s how it’s worked for us. Along with the pros and cons of working from home:
Pro’s of Working From Home
Our employees who work from home say that they find working from home a more relaxed environment. It helps them work better and get more work done in a day, with fewer distractions. This means increased productivity for us, as and a happier less stressed employee. Another major factor in this, of course, is that home workers avoid the long, annoying daily commute to the office and home in rush hour.
With most of our team preferring to work at home we have reduced our costs by around £20k per annum. We have a much smaller office, reduced rates, almost non-existent associated bills and less stationary costs. Our office overheads are almost completely disappeared.
Reduced Staff Turnover
All Scottish Digital Marketing Agency’s struggle with high staff turnover. We were many a time victim to spending years training up graduates. Only to lose them to other agencies once their training was complete. Since changing to home working options, we have only lost one member of staff. One who wanted a change in career. None have left for the temptations of other agencies, and all are much more content in their career with us at the POSH Agency.
Home-working can improve the motivation of staff because they enjoy the independence and the trust invested in them. Our team here at POSH Communication are all passionate, self-starters. They can organise their own work delivery and deliver work when and how they wish. They can now work, how they work best. Be it 6 in the morning with a big midday break. or working into the evening with a glass of wine. We don’t mind how and when our teamwork. As long as they are available when we need them and they deliver high-quality work on time… which they always do!!
With teams of home workers, pulling together the best skills and experience for our clients is much easier. We aren’t constrained to the skills within one city anymore. What’s more, in times of crisis or high workload, home-working can enable our super team of staff to catch up, without using precious time to travel into the office. We can also cope with external disruptions such as transport strikes and severe weather without any difficuilties. Our business just keeps ticking along, no matter what’s going on outside.
Home Working Benefits to the employee
Better balance of work and family life
Even though you may put in more hours of effective work, it is likely that you will still be able to see more of your family and take on more of your share of home responsibilities, such as ferrying the children around, shopping, being at home for gas/electricity/water meters to be read, parcels to be delivered, and so on. For more ideas on how to keep the balance right, see Work-life Balance.
Challenges of working from home
Training of New Staff
Onboarding new staff can be tricky. To be successful the employee has to be committed to their new role and want to be home working. We as an agency need to be extra vigilant at ensuring open communication with regular checkin calls and video calls to help the new employee feel confident and supported. This is also essential to build relationships between staff when not in an office environment.
A few of our single members of staff have said that at times it can be lonely working from home. All have found their own ways of combating this loneliness. One of our team members now travels around Europe on short breaks, working and calling in from hotels and cafes abroad. Another pops in and out of our remote office and home works with family. When asked, however, all have advised that they still prefer the option of working for a home working friendly business than being in an office full time.Contact us >