In an effort to become more efficient, companies are making serious changes to their workplace environment. Brands are increasingly utilizing remote positions, in which employees are allowed to work from home. Many well-known employers have already shifted some or all of their team to work remotely. Here is a list of some larger brands who’ve made this change successfully.

 

  • Dell
  • Buffer
  • Aetna
  • Upworthy
  • Basecamp
  • Kissmetrics
  • Xerox

 

Why is the shift happening? There are several major contributing factors, but all of them tie into efficiency and bottom line. Here are some of the top reasons companies are shifting their in-house staff to remote employees and teams.

 

Remote workers are more productive

 

It may seem counterintuitive given the distractions of home, but remote workers on average are more productive than employees who work in-house. Allowing your employees to work remotely shows that you place considerable trust in them. Additionally, employees can create a work environment at home that allows them to work more efficiently. Remote workers take fewer sick days, too. If an employee catches a cold or similar mild illness, they can work at home without the risk of contaminating the office.

 

Happy employees equal happy customers

 

It is well documented that if you take care of your employees, they will take care of you. Working from home equates to better work-life balance. Remote workers can stay at home with their children, go for a jog mid-day, or take a coffee break at any time, for example. Remote workers generally appreciate employers who give them the opportunity to work from home. There is no painful commute or office drama to deal with. Companies who offer their employees a better quality of life and more manageable work-life balance through remote work will enjoy increased customer happiness as a result. According to this study by Gallup, employees that are happy and engaged in their job role are more likely to foster better customer relationships and increase sales.

 

Remote work is better for the environment

 

Moving to remote teams reduces a company’s economic footprint. All that time spent in cars during work commutes is eliminated, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy. More remote work means fewer paper copies, fewer work trips, (video conferencing can take the place of meetings and online courses can substitute for in-person training) and less need for office space and storage.