In today’s working culture, it’s becoming increasingly important to ensure a positive work-life balance for employees. When searching for a job, many people with in-demand skills sets and knowledge bases will opt for employment at the companies that can offer a great culture and many “perks,” many of which include flexibility in the place and manner with which work is completed. There is a lot to be said for companies who embrace the new model, and one of the best ways for companies to entice top talent is by allowing employees to work from home.
Why more employees want to work from home
It’s been found that one of the major factors of job dissatisfaction is long or unpleasant commutes. Commuting can be stressful, can be viewed as an unproductive use of time, and can lengthen work hours, reducing the amount of personal time that an employee has every day. Because of this, more and more people are looking to reduce or even eliminate their commutes, which is possible through remote work and working from home.
Another reason employees want to work from home is because it allows for an even better work-life balance, especially if said employee has children, takes care of an elderly parent or other family member, or generally feels they can better manage their home while working. For some, being able to work in sprints throughout the day in between making meals for their kids, or putting in loads of laundry, can be a much more productive use of time. Having the flexibility for this type of work arrangement can often lead to overall better satisfaction with their work-life balance, and can reduce the pressure that some people feel to be able to “do it all” with not enough hours in the day.
Why employers should let their employees work from home
Besides ensuring your employees are satisfied with their work-life balance, there are several reasons why it’s beneficial for the employers as well. As a manager or executive, you want to ensure that your staff is high performing and as productive as possible. Because of this, you should encourage your staff to be able to work in the environment that they feel most capable of doing this. For some, this means the ability to work from home sees better quality work, and more efficient use of time.
It’s also been shown that the happiest employees are the most productive employees. Those who feel stressed, burdened, have low self-esteem or low energy will not be the high functioning team member that you want. This is why workplace culture and environment matter so much to productivity. Toxic workplace culture is known to have significantly damaging effects to employees and job satisfaction. By creating a more flexible workplace culture that includes allowing employees to work from home, you are ensuring that your employees feel that their wants and needs are important and valued, rather than keeping to “traditional” work culture and environments that can feel outdated or even oppressive.
Overall, allowing your employees to work from home is beneficial for both them, and your business. While emphasizing work-life balance and creating a flexible and enjoyable work culture, you can ensure that employees are happy and productive, and will continue to work hard for your company.