No Need to Rush Back: 5 Reasons Remote Working Could Be a Benefit to Your Business
Remote working is still a hot topic in 2020, more so than ever. While many news outlets, and the government, are trying to encourage people to go back to the office, a lot of people say they’re just fine continuing to work from home. Many employees are reluctant to return to the office, not only fearing for their safety (though an incredibly justified concern), but also the cost of commuting and other work related costs. Convincing people to give up working from home now that they’ve seen how efficiently they can work, without a lot of the costs associated with working away from home is going to be difficult.
So, perhaps you don’t need to? We absolutely don’t want to tell you how to run your business or manage your team, however remote working may not actually be a detriment to your business. In fact, it might just help your business run a bit more smoothly.
Take a look at these 5 ways that remote working can benefit your business, and consider if it’s worth rushing back just yet…
1. Better Teamwork
Many employers miss this benefit because they follow the logic that if a team isn’t under the same roof, they can’t work well together. However, remote working has proven that to not only be untrue, but that the opposite is actually far more likely.
Technology has developed alongside remote working, allowing for teams to stay in contact with one another from around the world without delay, and without them constantly being in the same room.
The result is a team which interacts with a wide variety of people as if they’re sitting beside one another, alleviating the loneliness people associate with remote working, whilst boosting teamwork, morale and, as a result, productivity.
2. Lay the Foundations of a Stronger Team
Remote working doesn’t just benefit current teams, either: implementing a remote working policy gives employers with something extra to offer potential new recruits. In a market where flexible working and escaping the 9-to-5 are seen as deal breakers, this can provide a competitive upper hand.
What’s more, remote working also brings new individuals and their skills into the fold, be they contractors or full-time staff on another continent – laying the foundations for a team which can take on more, achieve higher quality results, and service clients.
3. Happier Operations Managers
Remote working has had a huge effect on the bottom line of a lot of companies, which makes for a far easier life for operations managers. Rather than sourcing bigger and better workplaces to accommodate growing teams, businesses who utilise remote working can keep office space to a restricted size without losing any of the human resources needed to grow.
Operations managers are also bound to get a smile on their face when looking to tap into talent in other locations, with remote working allowing for greater access to skills, experience and knowledge – without the associated costs or traditional geographic limitations.
4. Greater Productivity
Another benefit taking employers by surprise is the level of productivity and efficiency of remote working teams. Don’t be fooled by the common misconception that employees working from home lack the discipline needed to help the business succeed: many studies and surveys have proved this to be untrue.
Once again, we have technology to thank for this. Remote workers now have access to telephones, email, chat apps and bespoke CRM solutions – and their employers, therefore, have access to them. They’re now more capable than ever of holding employees accountable to their roles – roles which are heavily computer-based, with activity easily monitored.
5. Make Better Use of Your Bespoke CRM
Lunar’s bespoke CRM solution in particular makes strong and effective use of the Cloud, making remote working a straightforward and plausible way of working for businesses of all shapes, sizes and industries.
But really, if you’re keeping your team firmly in house, many of your bespoke CRM’s features are going untouched, with its potential firmly kept behind locked doors. So, whilst fantastic reporting features and in-built communication tools are great, there’s a whole world open to the business who pairs remote working with their bespoke CRM – and the business is set to benefit as a result.
There you have it: there’s more to remote working benefits than just letting employees work from home – and when there’s a bespoke CRM solution in the mix, there’s even more on offer! If you’re currently toying with remote working, but don’t want to let it affect the quality of your team’s work, get in touch for a free demo of our bespoke CRM, and start enjoying the benefits of remote working (without sacrificing productivity).