As a recent Bloomberg article reveals, when remote workers were asked what they are most excited about as far as returning to the office, many responded “nothing.” Not surprisingly then, when questioned when they want to return to the office full-time, the majority quipped “never.” Clearly, the sentiment favoring remote work has caught steam. A recent Gallup poll confirms the desirability of remote work, finding that among the 62% of people working remotely these days, three in five Homployees would prefer to continue working remotely as much as possible even when things return to "normal" and it's easy to understand why.
The benefits of remote-work are readily-apparent: from a Homployee perspective, you're saving time on a daily commute, saving money on gas, food, clothes, having the flexibility to handle all that life brings at you from the comfort of your home rather than the 9-5 confines of an office. From an employer perspective, your saving the costs of maintaining a workplace and renting one, avoiding liabilities that occur in an in-person environment, and giving your employees a benefit that carries almost no hard costs.
All that said, there's one obvious drawback to remote work: it's tougher to establish employee engagement. Google spent two years studying what makes the perfect remote team. Google found that while remote teams can be just as productive as in-person ones, "it's more difficult to establish connections" with colleagues when working remotely. Now that remote work is here to stay, companies need to think outside the box when defining employee engagement strategies. HomployeeHub is here to help with engaging hosted events and gifts to spark connections with your remote workforce. Check them out here.