Why are Businesses Gradually Turning to Remote Working
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Why are Businesses Gradually Turning to Remote Working

By CIOReview | Friday, March 12, 2021

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Fremont, CA: If one takes a look at the direction businesses around the globe have been taking, the fact is that there has always been a uniform surge in remote working over the past few decades. Recent events have only aggravated the trend. Researchers, HR managers, and stakeholders have been observing the advantages of remote teams for years.

More businesses are opting for remote workers

Several businesses are getting increasingly inclined towards remote workers. Singapore-headquartered public relations and content marketing startup SYNC PR has a presence in 4 countries, including Malaysia, India, and Indonesia, and they have been conducting their entire business since 2017 based on remote work. US-based GitLab which offers one of the world’s top enterprise software startups has no offices.

Increased efficiency and higher-outputs as results

Since 2005, the number of people who work remotely has risen by 140 per cent. Several factors have added to the rise of remote teams. Companies get to recruit from the larger talent pool, localising and capturing new markets have become comparatively more lenient with teams on the ground across the market. Studies have confirmed that remote teams get more done in less time, which enables them to commence new projects, and conclusively improve the bottom line. Another key perspective of working from home is better work-life balance, and hence, more satisfied employees. Happier workers are automatically better workers.

The challenges associated with remote working

According to a report by Buffer in 2019 regarding 2500 remote workers, 99 per cent said they prefer remote working since it offers a flexible schedule, which is the biggest advantage for them. However, remote working comes has its set of unprecedented challenges. As per the Buffer study, among the top three most common issues that remote workers faced were: Collaborating and/or Communications, Loneliness, and Unplugging after work.

Approximately 63% of workers encounter musculoskeletal problems, including back pain, neck pain, and knee injuries, as a result of working from home. This means that despite all the perks that come with remote working, it often comes at the price of working under less-than-ideal ergonomic conditions. This problem underlines all the reasons why businesses should spend on resources that help support remote working, especially in terms of movement and ergonomics. This will ensure that the staff is comfortable working, wherever they are and do not compromise with the quality of work.